Assalamualaikum and a very good morning to my fellow friends, and mostly to our lecturer Sir Fazlul Haque b Hj. Kamarudin. Today, on this fine morning, I would like to present to you a public speech about 'Music helps us to express every kind of emotion and can induce multiple responses.' Music. We hear it almost every day. No matter where we are, music will always be played either on the radio or just by humming a tune. Did you know that music started as early as the Paleolithic era? So music is about 200 000 years old. Music and society have always been intimately related. Music reflects and creates social conditions – including the factors that either facilitate or impede social change. It is powerful at the level of the social group because it facilitates communication which goes beyond words, enables meanings to be shared, and promotes the development and maintenance of individual, group, cultural and national identities. Music is written theoretically and made real practically. Music is like an international language. Even though we do not understand the lyrics but we understand the melody. The rhythm. The harmony. It has the power to make us cry, be happy, deep in thought and many other emotions that may be drawn out from within. Listening to certain music has been shown to improve mood, increase productivity, and even encourage intellectual growth. Music used in advertising to catch your attention. Music helps to express every kind of emotion, whether sad, happy, excited, or even boredom. It is powerful at the individual level because it can induce multiple responses – physiological, movement, mood, emotional, cognitive and behavioral. A song can relate to any and every emotion, even the unnamed ones as well as change our mood for the better or for the worse, we relate songs to moments in our lives and hold on to them for that moment they are playing, they get stuck in our heads and drive us crazy, they are poetry and they touch us in many more ways that can be mentioned. Music is another form of life. Because it affects us on every level. It affects our brain, our mood, our bodies react to it. The brain’s multiple processing of music can make it difficult to predict the particular effects of any piece of music on any individual. It causes pupils to dilate, increase blood pressure, and increase the heart rate, increases immunity, can even weaken the body. Rhythm can affect or breathing and our brain wave patterns. It affects animals and plants. It also can even be used to heal. Do you like music? But do you know that music can be used to heal? Research has shown that music can be an important therapy for a number of conditions. However, researchers also believe that music can promote happiness and harmony – regardless of whatever ails a person. This story (published in a UK newspaper) describes an innovative conference sponsored by the Welcome Trust in London. This particular session was titled “Exploring the Rhythms of Life”. The session state the question: What happens when music meets the mind? Music has and always will play a key part in self-expression, but only now is scientists beginning to understand what part it plays in our development. Its power to affect us is well known – it can hurt and heal, motivate and move, inspire and empower. But we are only beginning to understand how, when and why. Music or songs helps to express every kind of emotion even the unnamed ones. We can relate songs to moments in our lives. This report is also available in hard copy format from the main author: David Francis, The Performing Right Society, 29 – 33 Berners Street, London, W1T 3AB The power of music to act therapeutically has long been recognized. Therapy can involve listening to or actively making music. Increasingly it may involve both. Music can be effective in conjunction with other interventions in promoting relaxation, alleviating anxiety and pain in medicine and dentistry, and promoting...
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