Thursday, December 11, 2014

Musicians as Physicians

A few months ago, Nathanael and I were talking extensively about the way music affects people. One of the points he brought up (and the one I found most fascinating) had to do with how an individual person's particular set of life experiences will influence their perception of the music they listen to. Along these lines, the circumstances a person is in at a given point in time will play a large part in their response to different kinds of music. Now that we've had plenty of time to completely lose track of our eloquent and collected thoughts think the topic over still more thoroughly, we're attempting to prepared to write blog posts about it for all the world to read! (Strike-throughs here refer to my mindset, while the more clearly legible words refer to Nathanael's.)
Enjoy Nathanael's post!


What is music appreciation? Is not it clear? It is the study of how certain sound waves and pitches, change people’s lives. A person struggling with grief hears a melancholy song in C minor; that person bursts into tears. Another individual laughs and claps when hearing a joyous folk ditty being performed on a lute in the key of G major. What is the meaning of these examples? Past experiences make people stand up and clap for different reasons.


Whole studies have been linked to the subject, and they try to explain what is so amazingly awesome and wonderful: music is a natural healing agent. Just like herbs bring down a fever, or broth will help a sore throat, certain music in certain situations in certain periods of a human's life, will bring upon a cure to his/her ailment. Musicians can almost be compared to physicians, in the fact that that they cure their patients, only this time with songs!

6 comments:

Christian said...

Hey! you changed the title...

Hey! why am I so happy though

Hey! why is it a better title than mine!

Zoë said...

The late-night brain occasionally has brilliant ideas!
You can take most of the credit for it, though - it was a direct copy from the last line of your post.

Zoë said...

Hi there, Thanael!
Just realized that I never actually commented on the content of your post here. Let's remedy that, shall we?

I really like the part where you said "music is a natural healing agent". In light of the fact that God made the leaves of certain plants with the ability to speed recovery and ease pain, it makes sense that He would also create a palette of sounds that can be arranged and applied to soothe emotional pain.

I personally find that listening to minor music often fills the role of tears (arguably another natural healing agent, but not one I often make use of), thus making a burst of weeping unnecessary even when dealing with grief or emotional stress. Not that I've dealt with *much* of either... but my point here was basically that, whichever way you look at it, minor music is of great value in emotional recovery. Maybe that was your point there too. Moving on...

"Past experiences make people stand up and clap for different reasons" - an insightful statement, that, and one worth expanding.

Christian said...

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Christian said...

you must be really irked...

Zoë said...

Me, irked? Never. Why would you think that? I just *love* it when I type out 181 words and receive a paltry point of punctuation in response! >:[
I'm teasing, Thanael, as ever... and I'm glad that you do too!