Measures of magnificence

Why music is universally loved

By Peter Hubbard
News Editor

There is no argument against music giving off good vibrations. This is because music literally is engineered vibration, constructed to cater to human emotion. It animates, pacifies, teaches, mends, and sometimes it can even set the tempo of a beating heart.

My primary method of explaining the elegance of music is a mathematical proof. The equation functions on three indisputable premises. First, vibrations are energy. Second, music is controlled vibration. Therefore, by the transitive property, music is controlled energy.

Some of history’s greatest minds have summarized the brilliance of music in precise quips.  Legendary novelist Leo Tolstoy once stated, “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” Plato, the classical philosopher proclaimed, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” Even the mathematical magnate, Albert Einstein, declared “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

Weaved in between movements of melodies, torrents of tempos, and the language of lyrics has to lie something spiritual in nature. The exceptional part is that music is different to each individual. For some, it is a refuge from struggle. For  others, it is a catalyst for creativity or a pathway to pleasure. For all, music is an ocean of emotion constantly in motion, stirring with every beat and note.

As an aspiring artist myself, I have accepted that this controlled energy is my principal addiction.  Many nights, I have neglected homework, ignored phone calls, and even staved off hunger in order to play my instruments.

The drums invigorate me, piano slips me into a reverie, guitar seizes mirth, bass resonates through my bones, ukulele consoles me, and singing sets me apart from the ocean of reality. I have a biophysical craving for cadence, and the medium of music is the only way of medicating my mood.

Human beings love music because it is the universal language of our sentiments. Words and sentences can try  to explain what the heart holds, but they are limited. Our phrases can be lost in translation and are  confined by the common laws of syntax. Music, however, needs no education. When the right notes are played in the right timing, there is an inherent feeling attached.  As long as the emotion conveyed is same as the mood desired, the result is harmony.

There is a reason why some children too young to talk can dance.  Music thrives inside the body. A human life is but a song. Our hearts are the metronomes, and our minds the melodies. Our emotions set the tempo, and each breath is another beat.  In the measures of life, we will always strike ups and downs. Music is the reflection of this journey. Let us end on that note.