These are trying times indeed. The COVID-19 pandemic weighs heavy on all of our minds and continues to test our strengths. Many of us are deeply concerned, others hurting in numerous ways. Here's a few recently released songs that will cheer you up and help you defeat this little micro nuisance invading our world.
Music Joins in the Fight
This is a good opportunity to illustrate the different purposes of music and song and how it is used in relationship to our real lives. Despite both songs dwelling on the same topic, the style of each tune is completely different though their purpose is the same. One in Country and one in Hard Rock. Both songs carry the same idea but have an opposite approach. Music also relates to us as we relate to music.
Music can carry most any meaning or purpose the composer wishes to portray. The performer gets the message across to the listeners. The listener applies the message to their own life and carries it with them. Both song examples do an excellent job of pulling it off. Left: Big & Rich perform 'Stay Home.'
Performers know that their audience expects a particular something from them and they too know of the effects which music can have on a person. As it always has, music carries a special meaning for each listener and they look to certain performers for that particular style of music or type of messaging. Yes, the message can affect you as the music's harmonies and key changes. Music can instantly give you a rush of emotions or maybe instill sudden happiness or deep sorrow in numerous directions. It is a commonly accepted fact that music can affect not only your emotional spirit but the body as well. Even so, music carries this mysterious hidden ability to reach a human being from within. It can be used to both help or harm people. If only music could cure a disease like COVID-19 so easily.
For more information on how sounds can affect the human body see the article on Infrasound and Acoustic Sound.
Music and Illness
Sadly friends, music can't yet cure a virus such as COVID-19, but it can certainly help in the treatment of some illnesses. Music can literally make you feel better. Music soothes the soul, stirs the spirit and offers up an appreciation of one of life's most important features, our ability to feel and express.
I've been cured by music. Music is great at curing sadness or depression. Music can instill hope, comfort the hurting, even save lives. "Music certainly does tame the savage beast." Who knows? Maybe one day we can use music to cure the body in other ways. Left: Mike Campbell performs 'Lockdown.'
For more information on how sounds can affect the human body see the article on Infrasound.
Please do your best to keep you and your family safe during this pandemic. Try not to let it get you down. But if it does, just remember that the music and musicians are here for you too. We want to make you feel better. We want you to be well and continue enjoying and using music as a favored and preferred part of your lives.