Music is powerful. If you have ever watched movie The Shawshank Redemption, you may remember the scene that when Andy turned up the volume, every people in the Shawshank just stood and listened. It is not only a song from an unknown woman singer, but, well, maybe a sense of freedom or hope, no matter he was a music lover or not.
Undeniable, music is a kind of entertainment to people. While we are enjoying different kinds of music, it is all of one purpose- to entertain. We have music business and the entertainment business. If we don’t listen to music to entertain, then what for?
Music has power. The initial and most obvious power of music is the ability to evoke emotions. Some will try to find the peace in music. Some likes dancing with rhythmic music. And some people even consider it as a way of showing the amorphous collection of suppressed emotions, feelings, pastexperiences, and other flotsam and jetsam.
Some types of music can relax us. After having a stressful work day, you may like to listen to some classic music, certain types of jazz, or songs from our favorite singers can physically relax our bodies and distract our minds from the day- at least for a while. I like light music and rhythmic songs, and I also like rap music. But I listen to them in different situation. I know you can understand why I won’t listen to the rap music or most mournful music when I’m terribly distracted.
You may notice that music in movie can have emotional effect while we are watching them. While you are watching a horror movie, the music can signal us when something scary, threatening or ominous is about to happen. But to a romance, the producer may spend a large amount of money on music that can shift the audiences’ emotions from moment to moment, from the first time the two leading role meet, to the end, happy ending or tragedy.
Through some experiment and convey, people find that music can open a kind of inner space in which certain experience can happen. Different kinds of music may lead listeners to experience a mental and emotional excursion or trip that seem quite real to them. It’s like a dream, but closer. That’s why the film scenes with appropriate music track can influence your mood so much when you know it is only a movie.
Music has the power to heal your body, mind and spirit. The American Music Therapy in a recent research conducted regarding the use of music therapy find significance on how it can cure. Cancer patients instead of taking painkillers listened to Broadway tunes. Those with Alzheimer's sing along with classical songs. Even pregnant women use music to help them breath and relax during labor. Crying babies listen to lullaby. It benefits not just these ailments but other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, acute and chronic pain, psychological disorders as Down syndrome and autism, and people suffering from hypertension as well. Since music affects blood pressure so much.
When someone listens to hard music normally blood pressure raises and if one listens soft and classical music blood pressure lowers down. Interestingly, in the research, all showed positive results.