The Power of Music
-Charles, Chloe & Lee
“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high,” the melody echoes in my room. The song has a magical power that refreshes me. It is surprising that there is not definite proof of the power of music. The power of music has been studied for a long time, but since it is a rather abstract subject, this power is not easy to define. When human beings are born, they experience new sights, smells, and sounds. Like the sound of whirling wind, rain drops, footsteps, to the laughter of children; music is inextricably bounded to people’s daily lives.
When people speak, their language is just like lyrics; they speak in a certain tone, which adds emotion to the words. Music is a universal language; it can inspire anyone. It seems like people all around the world are united under one common language, music. Some of the greatness of music, however, lies in its holistic nature: that all the elements form a unique wholeness which may not be understood by studying the parts separately. However, complex music is readily appreciated by the mind without the need of formal knowledge. It is amazing that everyone can feel music in the same way; the beat, the melody, and the rhythm can actually bridge the gap between different cultures. Literally, music is everywhere and people are living amid its melody.
Additionally, music has the power to touch emotional beings and evoke feelings that can not be described in words. A lot of people listen to their I-pods and spontaneously move their fingers, following the beat of the music. It is scientifically proven that music affects brain function. Also, music has the power to take listeners away from the real world. It sometimes soaks people into nostalgia and creates an aesthetic and melodious ambience. Imagine a jazz bar without music. It would be awkward; the romance would dissipate and the thrill would die. Music literally creates ambience; an environment where people can indulge in memories. It...
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