What is music? As told by Omar ‘What is music’? This is a question that sneaks up around almost every music class I’ve been in. Why, music is truly a tasty concoction of mind and sound. The mind is actually the main ingredient to music, and when used in the correct method, it will yield small, timid, yet complex symbols that are known today to modern humans as “notes”. Ever the ‘language of music’, these “notes” come in different structures: strong, weak, friendly, mean, happy, depressed, silent, and loud. Each, however, talks in a voice of expression and colour.
I know it sounds quite odd, but the only way notes may flourish is to go through a process called “composing”. Now, “composing” is to exploit the voice of notes, or, as I mentioned before, the ‘sounds’. The way to learn and talk the voice of notes is to play “instruments”. Instruments are the way to speak “music” and, if spoken right, music is created. Like I said, music is a concoction of mind and sound. It is also an art, using harmonious combinations of the notes. It is an art, in which, allows the person to become less stressed and absorbed into the beauty of the music. It allows people to become more understanding, more moral and truthful. It relaxes the listener.
There are many different types of music: classical, jazz, reggae, rap, rock, country, techno, r & b, etc. Types of music use different moods of notes and junction and compound them into the music. For example, classical music is in high mood. The language of music is spoken in good taste. Many spry personalities are melded into this genre’s concoction of music. Philosophers like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and others, used reggae as digging tool to bend social and political rivers flowing only through green hills and meadows, to economically parched ghettos yielding a chance for everyone to swim across to their rights.
But take another mood of music, like, say, rock. Rock sounds as if notes have been taken to a slaughterhouse and beaten senseless. Lots of different moods and attitudes are into this sort of music. To wrap this up, music is an art. A different kind of art. It’s an art in which is not drawn or painted onto paper. It’s the art of the sound that is of the essence. It is art around us. Think, art that can be heard and not seen. Created by mind, sound, note, composing, instruments, and of course, feelings and thoughts. Music itself is a creation. At least, that’s what I think.