25 Nov Music: the language of emotion
Music, it has the power to move us to tears and send us to the highest peaks of jubilation. The soothing tones of a lullaby can calm the most unsettled baby and the rallying sound of a national anthem can unite two opposing sports teams. Is it any wonder music is often branded as the language of emotion!
Music has been a part of every culture, in every country. We use it as an integral part of every celebration and event, as it can so accurately portray the associated emotions – whether they revolve around joy or sorrow.
But is this our interpretation of what we’re hearing, or the skilled composition of its creator?
There’s no doubt that the composition of a melody can enhance its ability to convey an emotion. The tempo, tone and volume all add to this – for example, a fast tempo can rouse us into high emotion and excitement, whilst low tones can create the need to pause, deep in thought, or create waves of sadness to rise from deep within.
Music can immediately cause our brains to flash up past memories and images from our earlier lives, along with their associated feelings. It can also be used to ramp up the emotion associated with an image – something that the film industry uses to great effect when creating the latest blockbuster movie.
There’s also music therapy, an expressive therapy that uses music and all its facets to help clients heal and improve both physical and mental health – including that of connecting them back in with their emotions. And let’s not forget the Solfeggio Frequencies – long used in sacred music to help you balance your energies and keep your mind, body and soul in perfect harmony.
On the other hand, is music actually being created to sound like our emotions and to convey mood? Maybe we are listening to a piece and hearing the emotion the composer or artist are weaving in whilst creating it, before empathising with what they felt?
No matter how you look at it, there is no doubt that music stimulates our emotions, both good and bad. It is something that transcends time and unites race, age and sides, regardless of culture and language – clearing the way for the universal language of emotion to truly connect us all.
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