Music Beyond The Beat

Realizing music isn't just different sound waves playing in sync or in different patterns that appear pleasing to the ear. (the statements in this article are of my own opinion and everyone is entitled to their own)

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A couple nights ago at one of the youth groups I go to, my youth leader was speaking about music and how it was important to people and how it influenced our daily lifestyle. Now the main point of his speech was to relate to how God works in a believer's life and stuff to that extent, but that's not specifically what I am writing about. What I found interesting was the music point of view and how important it actually is.

One point he touched on was that not everyone likes music (surprising isn't it?). One of his examples was his father-in-law who didn't like music at all. Whenever they got into a vehicle they were covered with an awkward silence the whole trip, because he would turn off the radio if it was on. He just didn't like music. Seems like it would be a boring way of living but i guess that's how some people get by.

He asked us some questions that really made me think, so now i will let you answer them yourselves.

1. What does music do for you?

2. If you had a choice between music and books, which one would you choose? (being that you would not have access to the other item at all)

3. What if there was no music in the world?

4. Imagine a modern movie with no music. what would it be like?

These questions deemed 'powerful' in the sense that it makes you think how much music affects the world and is included in the world. Music is the majority of radio, its played all the time on T.V (although Much Music we could do without), it gives movies life; come on, even silent movies had that crazy awesome piano solo in the background!

How would I answer these questions you say? well this is exactly how.

1. What does music do for you? - well I think it stimulates my senses, it makes me feel all tingly when i here a great guitar riff or solo, beautiful singing or a beast of a harmonica solo (credit to John Popper). It also gives me peace,like when I'm angry or sad, just listening to music makes me feel better.

2. If you had a choice between music and books, which one would you choose? (being that you would not have access to the other item at all) -music all the way, but mostly because I don't read too often, but there are some series that are really good like all of J. R. R. Tolkien's books, The Wheel of Time series and basically all books by Ted Dekker.

3. What if there was no music in the world? -HOLY DESH! i absolutely couldn't imagine that. It would be like eating food with no taste buds. Music is included so much in this world everything would just be bland

4. Imagine a modern movie without music. What would it be like? -it would be boring. the soundtrack of a movie adds so much to the emotion and feeling of whats happening.

Currently my iTunes library has 4339 songs, 12.5 days in length, and 30.24 gigs worth everything of it. FANTASTIC! I LOVE MUSIC! and that's just the tip of the iceberg! Combined with my two brothers and my parents we have hundreds more CD's and hundreds more records! It's unbelievable how much music is in my life. My whole family is into music. My Grandparents used to have a duet playing guitar and accordion, my dad used to be in a band back in the day and myself and my brother are both in bands already. I, including one of my brothers and both my parents play on the worship team at my church and play for worship teams at different churches. I play guitar, bass, drums, alto saxophone, and piano and all for the love of music.

So as you can imagine I listen to a lot of music, and I play a lot of music. Pretty much I like all music with the exception of Country, but even then Taylor Swift is awesome. I've got many, many different bands in my repertoire of stuff I listen to and stuff I play. The Beatles, MR. BIG, Led Zeppelin, Alter Bridge, Dream Theater, Chicago, RED, Five Iron Frenzy, to name a few. And I love every second of their songs.

But enough about me. what about you? What kind of music do you listen to and why do you like them? What do you have to thank those artists for in your life? Whether you listen to The Allman Brothers Band to Frank Zappa, or whether you don't listen to music at all. Think about music beyond just the beat, analyze the lyrics and what they mean, have fun with it.

Music has so much to offer to us, and I believe it was one of the greatest creations on Earth.

Matt Durksen

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    pranavxmetal
    i have always thought about these questions at some point while doing music..one question never got answered in spite of how much i tried to find the answer..how and why does music work the way it does...i know there are several scientific explanations about metal having upbeat and distortion fueling the anger and slow pace mellow music having calming effect but upon listening to so much different kind of music i dont think anybody can explain it all in a factual manner...its something like our existence on earth...but there is no explanation behind my love for music..i like the article..
    powerfist
    pranavxmetal wrote: i have always thought about these questions at some point while doing music..one question never got answered in spite of how much i tried to find the answer..how and why does music work the way it does...i know there are several scientific explanations about metal having upbeat and distortion fueling the anger and slow pace mellow music having calming effect but upon listening to so much different kind of music i dont think anybody can explain it all in a factual manner...its something like our existence on earth...but there is no explanation behind my love for music..i like the article..
    i totally agree with you! and thanks!