AuthorsDen.com   Join | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Lindsey Webster, iRichard French, iNordette Adams, iMichael Charles Messineo, iBetty Jo Tucker, iRegina Pounds, iNeeta Blair, i

  Home > Health/Wellness > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Patrick M Kennedy

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· Stories
· 69 Titles
· 33 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Dec, 2005

Patrick M Kennedy, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Europe in 17 Syllables
by Joan Huffman

An insightful view, in photos & haiku, into the simple pleasures of Europe..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Two Times A Sucker
by David Snowdon

Set in Miami, New York, North Carolina and London!..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members



   Recent articles by
Patrick M Kennedy

• Picture This
• Break a Leg!
• Making New Friends
• A Trip
• Sunny Side of the Street
• Past-Present-Future
• Seniors with Seniors
• Your Inner Magnet System
• Boredom be Gone
• Pals from the Past
• Sense of Humor
• A Time to Pretend
           >> View all

The Magic of Music
by Patrick M Kennedy   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


The many forms of music create many varieties of moods. Really, it is only the organization of noise and rhythm … a means of melodic escape from the problems, whatever they were, by dancing with the notes floating around them. You can practice at home without anyone hearing or being the wiser, until you are ready for a public performance, humiliation, praise, or just plain fun. Everybody has something to say about music because it is the Universal Language of feelings. Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.


The Magic of Music

(Sounds through the ages)
By: Patrick M. Kennedy
People have known it since before recorded history, that is, long before you were a senior, and long before your first birthday, that making music brings people together. It breaks down barriers and almost always leads to good times. The one exception may be the sounds of old-time war drums echoing across the plains … but that was before our time … although it did bring people together for a purpose other than a barn dance.
But what is this Music Thing? Some say it is the art of arranging sounds organized in time and rhythm, to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, and tone. But, some say it is noise … especially those parents who hear it coming from the garage and being produced by a group of teenagers. The many forms of music create many varieties of moods. Really, it is only the organization of noise and rhythm.
“Without music life would be a mistake,” said the philosopher Nietzsche. It is assumed that he never rode on an elevator. “I worry that the person who thought up Muzak® may be thinking up something else,” Lily Tomlin, enough said.
As there are many forms of music, there are many different instruments for producing these musical sounds and they have different classifications. They can be the standard and historical woodwinds, brass, percussion, or strings. But to these historic noisemakers must be added electrical and electronic instruments of today’s genre. In a sense, all these instruments implement and extend the capability of the original musical instrument, the singing voice.
The sounds through the ages have taken on different personalities and qualities. Minstrels and guitarists and other string players were for years the world’s purveyors of rhythmic tones. Then along came Big Bands, Be Bop, Blues, Jazz, Country Western, Rock and Roll with names like Hard Rock, Acid Rock, Grunge, and so on. They all preformed one function no matter what the age or how old the listener. They provided a means of melodic escape from the problems, whatever they were, by dancing with the notes floating around them.
Everyone has the sense that music is beautiful … most of it, anyway. And this splendor helps create peace of mind. But did you know the benefits of music on good health have been scientifically measured? For example, seniors who make music show reduced levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness. That’s a good thing.
If you're not a musician already, you may feel a little embarrassed to get started. But the next time you're at a party and people start picking up instruments, you'll feel embarrassed not to. For most of you, purchasing a piano or organ might be out of the financial picture. But, a small harmonica, acoustical guitar, or even a couple a drum sticks to beat along with the music may be affordable. Beside, with these small instruments, you can practice at home without anyone hearing or being the wiser … until you are ready for a public performance, humiliation, praise, or just plain fun.
Playing fairly well can make you feel like you're on top of the world and increase your enthusiasm for life. And even if you're not brimming with talent, doing your best and even messing up occasionally is a lot more engaging than staring at the Boob Tube. “Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel,” said Buffy Sainte-Marie, a singer of renown about your age.
Then again the question comes to the surface, what kind of music to play? There are many opinions on this. “Country music is three chords and the truth,” said Harlan Howard, the Dean of Nashville Songwriters. “Rock music in its lyrics often talks ahead of the time about what's going on in the country,” said former Governor of California, and renowned rebel, Edmund G. Brown. “Classical music is classical music,” said by many. Everybody has something to say about music because it is the Universal Language of feelings. Even Ronal Reagan, “Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”
Good advice, and just because you don’t play good, at first, doesn’t mean you don’t feel good. The activity, the creativity, no matter how minor, the interaction with nature’s tools and eventually with other seniors, is the real reward from the magic of music.
This is one of the many articles in my book, How to Have Fun with retirement.

www.funwithretirement.com

 

Web Site: A Better Word


Reader Reviews for "The Magic of Music"


Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by Michael Eads 3/28/2009
I used to be in a Rock and Roll band for two years and it was a great way to reduce stress. That is until I got in a fight with the drummer and my base player quit. Then I realized what the late Bon Scott of AC/DC meant when he said: “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna Rock and Roll.” Good article Pat.

Books by
Patrick M Kennedy



Being a Senior Citizen

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




How to Have Fun with Retirement

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




Toy Shadows

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




Horse Races and Paint Stores

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, more..






Body Trauma - a writer's guide to wounds and injuries by David Page

Body Trauma covers the overall organization of the US trauma system, how doctors evaluate and treat trauma victims, as well as special sections on specific injuries such as impalem..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Warrior Patient: A Memoir About Survival, Hope, Love & Laughter by Temple Williams

Read how a person who uses laughter, love, good doctors and guts to completely recover from deadly diseases in this humorous, enlightening memoir...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.