There are different musical styles all over the world. Most of the classical music in North America is inspired by Western European classical music. At least, that’s the way it once was. Now, there are hundreds if not thousands of musical styles all represented by a portion of our society. Everyone can find music that interests them. The international language of music is becoming a bigger part of our lives than ever. The ability to have music in an instant makes the “language” easier to speak.
I’ve recently gotten into listening to Indian classical music, and I feel a connection to it, even though I’ve never been anywhere near India. Doing research on George Harrison, as I spoke about last week, introduced me to Ravi Shankar, a great Indian classical performer who greatly influenced George Harrison. Ravi Shankar recently passed, and it made me sad to know that such a great musician was gone, but his music will continue on and people, like myself, will continue to connect to his soothing sitar playing.
Music passes through countries and influences societies, encourages desperate people to continue to believe, and inspires people. It gives people hope, dreams, and a sense of belonging. It’s a language in itself because it brings people together and gives people a language to speak that’s mutual in every country. Music is a powerful thing. Never doubt it.
Music is used to make people believe certain things or feel certain things. While playing video games, the music is essential to how you play. The music usually picks up in pace while you fight a boss in the game or it also becomes soothing while you're just searching for things.
This also happens in movies and TV shows. They use certain music in the background to make you feel a certain way or connect with a certain character. If music were not a universal language, how could these methods work on the majority of the population? It probably wouldn't, right? But it does.
The next time you watch a movie or a TV show, listen to the music, really pay attention and see if the music makes you feel a certain way. Or, instead, listen to your favourite piece of music, does that make you feel a certain way or change your mood? Welcome to the language of music.