Heart, Soul And a Beat
From the time indigenous peoples around the world began to drum out their tribal beat they heard the sound that touched their hearts, dug into their souls and made them want to dance to the beat and it hasn’t changed in thousands of years.
Ancient mystics and philosophers alike agree that we human beings are the body electric, a vibrating soul in a human uniform and when we become attuned to the vibration of music we prefer, we are in essence one and the same.
Music is indeed part of us. When we are suffering, we look to music to soothe our pain, when happy and excited we want to turn it up and stomp out the beat and when we have thoughtful moments awaiting expression, the Classics speak to us. Since the advent of recorded music there has never been a couple that has not had their own timely romantic song that spoke of them during their courtship. No movie in modern times was ever produced without a musical composition for which the movie would always be timelessly remembered.
In the workplace, music carries us along from task to task. When we need to push to reach the highest mark in any achievement, a special song goes with it. To each and every one of us there is music that is unique to our own taste and style and yet we are sympathetic in our likes and dislikes with others whom we feel in fellowship with, thus we vibrate in tune with our global partners both near and far.
Historically music played an interesting role during the Apollo Space Program when our American astronauts were awakened from their restful sleep in space to our unique brand of a wake up call with the sound of 2001 A Space Odyssey. Our Fourth of July parades wouldn’t be complete without music and we all appreciate not only the local high school band, however, a parade is just not perfect without the special tune of a military marching band as well. And even to the end we say goodbye with the ever-memorable song; Amazing Grace.
There can be no doubt that music and humanity share a symbiotic relationship. When we need quiet and relaxation we seek the sound of ocean waves to bring and ebb and flow into our minds. In moments of exuberance when we are excited the roar of the War of 1812 may seem appropriate and in times of seeking wisdom and contemplation we need look no further than John Lennon’s, “Imagine There’s No Heaven.”
Today, though the tribes of our ancestors who developed our first beat are gone, we are moving forward and developing new sounds, be they in natural or computer generated forms. From Hi-Fidelity to IPOD every ear around the world hears its own special song and we know no one in this century will ever live anywhere without hearing music.
From the heart of a lyricist, the soul of a creative mind and the beat that matches the medley, music is us and we are one with it.
Petra Nova Challus