Picture yourself sitting lazily in a lounge bar, having your favorite drink along with few of your friends. You let off few jokes, discuss the latest news and trends and let your soul and body relax from the everyday style of urban working. Now imagine all this without music! Feel out of place? Even if you don't recall a single melody or flow of notes, still your subconscious has been responsive to all the music played in the background. Slowly easing and swaying to the rhythm, you enjoy the atmosphere that is created around.
Music is called the universal language of the world for many reasons. First and the foremost, music is made up of seven main notes. No matter, what part of the world you are from, and what instrument you play, all the music created is one of these seven notes. There may be different names for all the notes in different parts of the world, but for the performer, they are still the same. Secondly music, being a form of art can touch your heart and soul. As long as any melody and rhythm make you feel yourself, it is the best doctor a person can find, and best remedy anyone can recommend. Thirdly, like any other language can express any and every type of emotion music has the power to heal and say in its own special way. But where it scores more is where the words fell short of expressing, music can vocalize all that you ever wanted to say.
Music therapy is even effective on animals and plants. There have been studies carried and research done on this and findings show that plants and trees that grow in company of good music show a growth percentage much more than normal ones that live without the aid of music. Animals too, reflect their behavioral pattern much better when exposed to music.
Music has evolved along with man and civilization. Cultures like India, China and some parts of Middle East have a very long history of civilization and their music is far more intricate and complex than some of their western counterparts. For example, in India, there are 2 main forms of music, distinct in its tonic quality and geographical location. If we combine these forms, we have more than 300 scales (combination and playing style of the 7 notes). Different scale and style of play portray different mood. Even these scales can be used in free form to someone who know such a form of music. But in some parts of the world, there are only 2 main scales (major and minor) on which all of their music is based.
No matter how much evolved a form of music is or how sophisticated it's approach, music touches everyone's soul. If you do not connect to any music, you probably are losing a part of yourself. Let's celebrate this form of art with a quote by Shakespeare, "If music be the food of life, play on".