Music for Life’s Journey

I think I should have no other mortal wants if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.     George Eliot (1819-1880)

Music is one of the great art forms. It companions us along the journey of life and its effects can bring depth to experience and enhance wellbeing. It is associated with the people, places, events and feelings we experience each day and through the years. The effects of music can invigorate or calm us, excite and persuade us, call us to arms, inspire us and lift our spirits.

Music is one of the great art forms and art of any kind is a conscious use of skill, experience, judgment and creative imagination.
Music is ubiquitous. It permeates culture and has for thousands of years. Music is a powerful art form because of its accessibility. Technology has made music, of any genre, accessible. Regardless of technology, we all have a built in instrument: the voice. Music reaches into every domain and has a transcendent capacity. Each live performance of music is unique even when it has been performed hundreds of times before. Every new offering is a fresh moment in time and space.

There are some influences that shape the meaning of artistic experience. Perception is about how you view something, how you take in your surroundings both with your senses and with ideas. Perception can be influenced by eyesight, sense of hearing, spatial proximity and sense of processing. Preference is a preferred option, a greater liking or tendency to choose one thing rather than another. Experience influences preference. Culture, that is, the traditions, beliefs and patterns of behavior that you have grown up within may influence your experience of art. Education is part of culture and certainly the more we know about something, the more informed our choices can be. Mood can also shape our experience of art; this interaction is complimentary. Music as art has the capacity to influence and alter your mood.

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