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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
We can use many adjectives to describe the surf’s sound such as, magical, soothing, refreshing, healing, and more. Then add the wind and birds to the surf for one of the best symphonies nature delivers. Yes, musical is another descriptor for the beach, but with additional visuals and aromas to complete a musical extravaganza for one of nature’s most soothing soundscapes.
I think about music, but music is much more than we think.
I think about musical notes as one, one and a half, two, three, four, one-eighth, and one-sixteenth arranged in potentially many random sequences.
I think about the musical notes of A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and their designated accidentals of sharps and flats – let alone the number of times that pattern repeats for a different octave.
I think about the many random combinations composers use to arrange notes for music; let alone combining notes with the previous combination of numbers.
I think about music as a combination of 88 tones of piano keys, and then some – notes of various lengths constructed together in desired chords – majors and minors of the key signature played at a particular tempo. To me, music and mathematics are closely related to each other.
Music is not just for dedications, memories, emotions, relaxation, and/or entertainment. Music engages emotion, thoughts, and memories while painting a picture with the brush of sound.
Music is more than stanzas composed of phrases arranged in measures containing notes of various lengths and accentuations. Music is a message written in a unique language that must be translated by skilled people so listeners can interpret its intent. (translated like visual art)
Music is more than something we extract from the electronic device of choice – Music is an expression of a time, a place, a setting, an occasion, a story, a mood, or emotions. – a tool for transporting us back in time – something that aromas also do.
Music is a combination of notes, phrases in a sequence to a key signature, time signature, and tempo. Music is more than a composer’s notes on a page for a musician because music is one of our universal languages.
Music is one of humanity’s great assemblers. Many gather together for a concert. There was a time when small groups of two to four would also gather just to listen to music.
Music is something that is in us – for some, even from birth. Music within us is part of us – something flowing throughout our body. To some, music is a necessity like food, water, shelter, and love.
Music is a variety of genres as Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, New Age, Country, Classical, Rap, Folk, and many more – with each subdivided into a host of musical niches – let alone the variations within a culture. All are good for the mood, mind, and soul – but just in a different way for different people.
Music is a language subdivided into a host of musical niches to serve as a dialect to a specific group of people. However, music touches everyone differently, yet can stir feelings and emotions across the barriers of a spoken language.
Through its varying notes, rhythms, crescendos, and nuances, music can set a tone, ignite memories, trigger a rollercoaster of emotions, or tell a story. Perhaps this is part of the explanation for accounting for the wide variety of musical styles.
Music defines cultures, generations, and individuals. Music touches the mind, body, and soul just like walking on the beach does for me. The same music touches each of us differently. On the other hand, the music that touches us the most is different for everyone.
Rhythms, emotions, tempo, and more are some of the terms that come to me about music as I close. Music has been a big part of my life – and I’m better for it.
On this day, I think about music and the countless joys that it has given me – even the musical earworms that happen from time to time. Besides enjoying music, I also like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have written about music
- The magic of music (a personal essay)
- Music (a poem and thoughts)
- Music on the brain (a view through a personal essay)
- Music of the forest (a poem)
- Music therapy (an essay)
- The music along the stretch (a personal essay)
- Feel the moment (art by a collaborator here)
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