Music's Qualities

Qualities of Music

“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

Music is undoubtedly one of the most powerful forces that can be found within our world. Yet, what makes music so powerful? Music is more than words and sound patterns which ring through the ears; it is movement, emotion, and motivation. Music provides the will to be, to endure, and to dream. Music provides sources of expression, relation to others, and interaction with the world. Music is what brings passion and power to life, and it is through music that refreshment and renewal are promoted. We have all experienced the influence of music throughout our journeys. Many of us have encountered times within our lives in which music has been our only refuge and our solace despite the encumbering storms. Whether it be through the times that music has stood by our sides in the solitude of our lives or held us up despite the crashing waves encompassing us, many of us can attribute our strength and our lives to the music to which we relate. When we reflect upon the numerous attributes of music; the ways in which it has provided us with unconditional love, reassurance, and encouragement; and its ability to support us no matter where we are on our journeys, we are inspired by its remarkable benefits. Within this page, we seek to identify some of the key qualities of music and ways in which music helps guide us through our lives’ journeys.

MUSIC…

Speaks, breathes, lives
Supports, cares, gives
Shares your joy and your pain
Shines light through the clouds and rain

Sticks with you through the highs and lows
Perseveres despite life’s blows
Empowers you to sing your song
Tears down walls while helping you stand strong

Opens the doors of opportunity
Teaches you to see your inner beauty
Embraces you for who you are
With music by your side, you will go far.

Timelessness of Music

Timelessness of Music

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”  –  Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Music is not bound by limitations. A song has the power to recreate a moment, to bring you back to a special time, or to move you forward through imagination to a place where dreams come true. For instance, if you were to listen to one of your favorite songs at the moment, you may think back to such times as when you first heard the song or saw the artist perform the song live, or you may consider what it would be like to meet the artist in the future. Likewise, if you were asked what song you first danced to with a loved one or listened to while you felt like your world was crashing down, you may be able to name the song’s title within only a few seconds. When the music that we associate with impactful moments throughout our life is played, we may be reminded of how important the songs are to us and may even know the lyrics despite not hearing them for a few weeks, months, or even years. These songs often follow us along our journeys throughout life and are shared with our friends and loved ones. As they get passed down to future generations and persevere through the ages, they are considered to be timeless.

Music as an Anchor

Many things change over the span of time. Some changes are welcome while others are not. Some changes bring warm results while others may stagnate growth. Yet, through all of the changes, we can learn, we can discover more about ourselves, and we can optimally use the change to better ourselves. While some people fear the uncertainty that may accompany change, music can be the anchor that helps us persevere through uncertain times with courage. A song is power, light, and strength. A song has a way of both reaching our innermost fibers and contributing to our understanding of the world around us. Music can be our guide throughout life as it provides us with encouragement and strength and reminds us of our purpose.

When you feel alone and the skies are gray,
You can turn to music; it will light the way.

It will pick you up when you’re feeling down.
With a sweet embrace, it will surround,

And you never have to look far
‘Cause it’s always with you like a guiding star.

An Ode to Music

Wrap your arms of warmth around me.
Fill me with love so tender and sweet.
In you, I find my joy and peace.
In you, my life is complete.
You’re with me at the start of each new day,
Guiding me each step of the way.
Through the ups and downs of life, you stick closer than a friend.
When I need someone to listen, on you I can depend.
Somehow you always know exactly what to say and do
To help me face my challenges, give me hope, and pull me through.
I can’t imagine life without you by my side.
With you, I live; with you, I ride.
No storm can separate you from my heart and my soul.
You’re a part of me; you make me whole.

Music Is…

An anchor in the time of need
Rich soil cultivating seed
A place to rest a weary head
A field for sojourners to tread
The heartbeat of an aching land
A friend that tries to understand
A bridge bringing unity
To let the sunshine in, a much-needed key
A jacket wrapped tight to comfort in the cold
A coat of armor standing with the bold
A battered flag waving tried and true
A country road set against a sky of blue

A-Z of Benefits from Music

Aspiration to never give up on our ambitions

Belonging is felt as music is there for us 24/7

Communication with our peers and better understanding of their emotions

Discovery and realization of who we are

Expression of ourselves that allows improved social connection

Forgiveness of ourselves and others

Genuiness as we learn to accept ourselves

Health in the physical, emotional, mental, and soulful realms

Inspiration through artistic interpretation

Jubilation and enjoyment of life

Kindness and the sharing of happiness with others

Learning and memory is positively affected

Motivation and the strive to be our best selves

Notice of the situations taking place within our world and desire to make a change

Optimism as we can see that we have numerous possibilities for growth

Purpose – a realization that each of us plays an imperative role within our community and the world

Quality of life is improved as we understand that we are powerful enough to overcome our hardships

Relaxation and stress alleviation

Sensations and feelings are altered in relation to the songs we play

Thrust of energy which allows us to be productive throughout the day

Unity and connection with others throughout the world

Victory as we learn to achieve our goals

Wisdom and understanding that we need to be there for others through their life journeys

X-Rays of our souls as we search inside ourselves to find inner peace

Yearning to share with others

Zeal and eagerness to pursue our calling in life

Where would I be without music in my day
Whether I’m working diligently or taking time to play
Music provides the sound that I want to hear
Bringing me comfort, joy, and cheer
It is my motivation to help me along my way

Suggested Songs Regarding Music’s Energy

  • Bailamos – Enrique Iglesias
  • Better When I’m Dancing – Meghan Trainor
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  • Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow – Paula Abdul ft. Randy Jackson
  • Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie
  • Get It Got It Good – Billy Gilman
  • Jump – Van Halen
  • Just Dance – Lady Gaga
  • Play My Music – Jonas Brothers
  • Play That Song – Train
  • Play The Song – Joey + Rory
  • Rhythm is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan
  • Sing – Pentatonix
  • Something You Can Feel – Chic
  • Spirit of the Radio – Rush
  • The Big Beat – Fats Domino
  • Turn It Up – Luis Fonsi