“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein
Imagine, if you can, life without music.
Never mind – it’s unimaginable.
As far as we know music even predates man’s existence –Job 38:7
So music has always been around and, indeed, every day we’re bombarded with music.
But what about rhythm? In it’s simplest form, rhythm is the regular recurrence of anything in motion.
So, if your walking, talking, jogging or just listening to your heartbeat – you’ve got a rhythm. And any sound coming from that activity is indeed – music.
So if music is the rhythm of life then rhythm must be its soul.
Can Music Also Save Lives?
Ask Alice Herz- Sommer, the inspirational Jewish and Holocaust survivor, whose life was a testimony to the power of music.
Alice became passionate about the piano from an early age of life.
Imprisoned in one of Hitler’s concentration camps, her life was spared because she was a musician. She played or took part in over 100 concerts and performed all of Chopin’s Etudes from memory.
Alice took up residence, after the war in Israel, where former Prime Minister, Golda Meir, Authur and Leonard Bernstein attended her house concerts. Later, towards the end of her life, Alice moved to an apartment in London, thoroughly enjoying life and practicing her piano every day.
Alice died at the age of 110, and was, in fact, the oldest Holocaust survivor at the time of her death in 2014.
If music is the rhythm of Life – which genre is the most beneficial?
Restoring The Rhythm Of Life
Every genre of music has some benefits. Hence, it is important to listen to all genres.
For example, listening to jazz music, especially with the sounds of nature in the background, can be very soothing.
A Cambridge University Research group study found that listening to RAP music may help to fight depression.
Rock or Pop music can actually increase physical endurance, according to a 2009 study whereas country music lovers experience more joy.
However, researchers at USC, found that classical music, lowered systolic blood pressure levels, more than any other genre or no music at all.
In addition, listening to certain favorites by composers like Mozart, Bach, Brahm has been described as “Brain Food.” In fact, studies have shown that classical music is indeed the best music for retention, relaxation and stress relief.
Rhythm Of Life Food Chart
Beginners Rhythm Food Guide 101.
This chart is a great start for learning rhythm
Be warned, however, that we’re NOT counting calories.
Still, the chart may yet create hunger pangs.
Imagine – if you will – a man playing piano in the middle of a train station in Paris. True story.
Already he is attracting attention as persons from many countries pause between their travels. Along comes another musician sits next to him and starts playing in unison without speaking a word. The breathtaking performance of the artists along with the rhymic music is a crowd pleaser.
Soon we have a live audience, nodding their heads and clapping their hands in applause and appreciation.
That’s why music is called a universal language – it crosses cultural and racial barriers and unifies all nationalities together as one.
Indeed, music is the magnet that connects us all.
Since music changes, connects and saves lives, it is surely must be the rhythm of life
Music is also the universal language which we all speak.
..And the beat goes on.
Are you missing a beat?
Perhaps music can restore the rhythm.
Any questions, comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Guardian, Int’l Addition No.11/2014
USC News, Dec.5,2014
Graphics Courtesy NickReedent.com, Classic fm.
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