Music and the Human Mind
– Kainat Azhar
Music, as defined in some junior physics class, is the type of sound energy that has a recurring wave pattern. The history of music is as old as the human beings on Earth. In the ancient Greece, poets sang their poems while roaming around the streets. A good poet, as considered by the early Greeks, was the one who could be able to entertain his audience, boost up their vigor or make them shed tears by singing his poetry in a melodious voice.
Time changed the intellectual needs of the humans. Musicians and poets were separated, the former expected to sing or produce music only while the latter was asked by the society to confine him to writing. But the two occupations overlap every time a new composition is produced. The reason behind is that creativity uplifts creativity; one form cannot survive with the decline of another.
As music is in the very marrow of Homo sapiens, we can say that there must be some impact of it on our collective and personal lives. The human mind is the most powerful yet extremely sensitive creation of God. It can detect minor differences in the environment and thus can be affected by those subtleties too. The music, as it one of the oldest forms of expression and communication among the different groups of humans, can serve as a bridge to strengthen the mind of an individual.
Music having a tempo of 60 beats per minute can help in improving one’s focus. The soft, light notes, without any lyrics or human voices attached, running in the background increases work productivity. It helps in focusing the task more efficiently. Usually such soft notes are found in classical music, but we cannot put a boundary to it.
At one hand soft notes help us focus better but at the other hand, if listened for a longer period, they can induce sadness in an individual. Other types of music, like pop, rock, metal, etc., come handy in such situations and create a jocund environment which can unconsciously change the mood of a person and thus his negative energy is converted into the positive one.
Creativity arouses creativity. The creative field of music has inspired millions of artists round the world and they produce better work while listening to their favorite tracks. But it is not the artists that are aspired by musical notes; a common man can also be benefited by the heavenly notes of musical instruments: this can lead to better work performance in a calm, cheerful manner.
Moreover, one’s favorite tracks can soothe him both physically and mentally. This relaxing characteristic of music makes it one of the safest antidepressant on the planet. One can forget his problems, though for a very short time, and step inside his peaceful world where nothing bad happens – his utopia.
According to studies, it is found that music also helps in retrieving the brain’s lost information. It has the ability to connect present with the past events, therefore shortening the gulf between the two: a technique very helpful to bring back the lost memories of a mentally impaired person whose cognitive attention span is weakening.
Each person is different, so is his mind. Every person can find his heaven in different type of music so let others enjoy themselves and do not try to impose your choices on them in order to live a happy life and make this world a better place.