"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." ~ Bob Marley
Listening to music, the only thought that comes to mind is the raw emotions of peace and tranquility. Of course it depends on the kind of music that is playing. But hear me out on this one for a moment.
Why does music change our being as it enters through the portals of our brain? How does it assimilate and recruit the neuronal cell mass within our brains to collectively enter into this lowered key of existence? But syncing billions of neurons into a coordinated step as in a dance to evoke emotional and physical behavior is a mystery that many neuroscientists have been working to solve. Some say it is hard-wired and others say that the individual cells are programmed to the cadence of a certain key. While others express the mathematical formula based on the octave and its 3rd, 5th and 7th sine wave. The key of "A" vibrates at 110Hz and any frequency other than a multiple would be disharmonious. From Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to the Arpeggios of J.S. Bach in Prelude to C Major the sea of sounds recruit our sense of wonder and capture our imagination. This recruitment phenomenon is not limited to the neurons alone, since the limb muscle cells also get secondarily recruited by the evoked potential from the brain cells to do their bidding, the whole human element eventually in gear. It is a cascade effect, touching, invoking, evoking and expressing the base pattern of a willingness to belong. A religion, if you will, of emotions expressed in the coordinated motion; Life!
"If music be the food of love, play on." ~ William Shakespeare
Now imagine that an old vinyl record is playing the beautiful symphony and someone drags the needle across the vinyl record. Imagine the grating sound that suddenly shuts down the blissful harmony and drags you back to reality.
Ah yes, that is where we live today, in that grating, caustic world of dissonance.
We are constantly being challenged by the grating noise. The news feed of the 24/7 outlets that must express news and then by virtue of their value proposition, create news just to keep our interest and the constant barrage of bad news emanating from all sources that surround us.
“The boyfriend killer!” the girlfriend killer!” “the abductor!” and the “child molester!” All are sensational stories of illicit human behavior. All such sensational stories gather and collate our desires, wrap them up in a crinkled bag of emotions and throw them out in the garbage everyday for us to, in a warped sort of a way, to yearn for more!
This has become our music!
This, then has become our reality!
We have been hacked and we don’t know it. The societal persona has changed from the house with an open door welcoming neighbors to one jammed with four bolts for security. Today the society rests on the prime of a primal thought; what next?
The real question then is how can we get “un-jacked” from this matrix? How can we resist the illusion of this horrible reality and redefine it the way it used to be, or better yet a way that could be better then the yesterdays and the yesteryear?
It would take a simple act…
Once we recognize that, that is where we are, the next step is to figure out what can be done about it.
Hack back into our brain with that, which creates a positive emotion in life like music, laughter, family and love. Things that some consider “corny.”
Remembering that it takes a hacker to hack into your personal liberty and steal from you what is yours. Hack back into yourself and change the domain password. Create a firewall with passwords encrypted with simplicity and beauty that the corrupted minds will not be able to decipher.
And live your life in peace and tranquility.
I am going to leave you with this beautiful rendering from Daniel Sierra to ponder upon.