What is the Power of Music?
Every country has its own language, but there is a universal language that everyone can understand: music. Similar to food and water, people can’t live without music. They listen to it consistently. It is a part of people’s life. Anyone can listen to and create music, no matter their gender, income, social hierarchy, or nationality.
Music is an expression of feelings that encompasses a multitude of emotions; it is an escape from the reality of life. Undeniably, many say that music reduces stress and lifts people’s moods. However, music plays a more important role than just being a form of entertainment. Music is functional and powerful because it promotes human physical health, increases productivity, and creates human connections with those who share similar music tastes.
Music is a functional tool because it aids in neurological health by helping patients recall memory.
In the article “Why Do the Songs from Your Past Evoke Such Vivid Memories?,” Christopher Bergland introduces several studies explaining the neuroscience behind music’s ability to evoke memories. Two scientists Amee Baird and Séverine Samson conclude that “Music is an effective stimulus for eliciting autobiographical memories and may be beneficial in the rehabilitation of autobiographical amnesia” (Bergland).
Through studies, scientists found that listening to music activates wide networks in the brain, which brings back specific memories. Utilizing the results scientists found, music can be turned into music-based therapy. It may become a reliable tool for helping patients recall their memories in the future. Many individuals have certain experiences in their life that connect with a certain song; upon hearing the same song again, that same memory and feeling all come rushing back.
For instance, every time I hear the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes,” I recall the days when I volunteered in Nepal.
This song was used to teach the monks about human body parts in English. Because music is profoundly linked to personal memories, it has the power of bringing back special moments of lives that people have forgotten, even for people with severe amnesia. Overall, music is useful as it can be used as a therapeutic method to address lost memories.
Many people argue that music lowers productivity because it distracts people from what they are doing. However, certain music does help people perform tasks more efficiently. In the article “Does Music Help Us Work Better?,” Zaria Gorvett explains how music affects people’s performance positively from two perspectives — “The Mozart Effect” and “Altering our Mood”.
In the article, Gorvett states, “There are two possible ways that music might be beneficial in the workplace: by making us smarter, or by making us feel good, and therefore helping us to plod on with otherwise boring tasks.”
Certain music tends to make people more intelligent because it increases human brain waves which are linked to memory, cognition, and problem-solving. At the same time, certain music can increase the level of arousal, which allows people to be more excited and concentrated. Due to this, music can be seen to increase productivity by enhancing a task rather than distracting people. In my daily life, I love playing classical music while I am studying. Music makes the tasks more pleasurable and increases my attention. I can feel myself being more productive with music on. In all, music is powerful in the way that it boosts productivity in people.
Music is a beautiful language as it serves as a catalyst to let people who have similar music tastes meet, know each other, and love one another. In the article “One Pod, One Soul: Couples Who Like The Same Music Have The Most Chemistry,” Lauren Martin emphasizes the importance of music in human relationships. She talks about how couples’ lives will be overrun by stress and time, but when they engage in listening to the music that connects them, the couple can destress and relax a little bit.
Martin claims that “If you go into the relationship with the same love for the same music… you will always have one thing that never grows old.”
Music is the indicator of people’s personalities and their core values. If a relationship, whether it be romantically or platonically, becomes built off of the love of common music, then music can act as the “language” in which they connect. It can also reflect what people think about this world. Therefore, people who share music will always share connections.
For example, there was a time when I lived in Los Angeles watching Sunset Rollercoaster, a band, perform. I met a girl there and we talked about the music genre that we love. I found that we shared similar tastes so I asked for her WeChat. It was at that moment that I realized the beauty music contained. Music was a gateway for two strangers to create a special bond. After that instant connection, we shared our playlists, and whenever there was a concert or a musical festival, we would go together. Because of music, there are magical connections that happen between people, creating unbreakable bonds.
Music is one of the world’s most powerful and influential languages.
As it improves people’s health, boosts productivity, and links people together. Many people argue that music has negative effects such as it “disturbs the reading process” and “has some small detrimental effects on memory” (Zaria). However, there are countless amazing benefits that music has, both physically, socially, and emotionally. A life without music is a life without creativity, expression, and connections. It is a core element in making the world a better and brighter place. To maintain this colorful and beautiful world we reside in, we need to continue to listen, share, and love music.
Written by Shihan Wang
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What is the Power of Music? Works Cited
Bergland, Christopher. “Why Do the Songs from Your Past Evoke Such Vivid Memories?” Pyschologytoday.com, 11 Dec. 2013.
Gorvett, Zaria. “Does Music Help Us Work Better? It Depends.” BBC.com, 18 Mar. 2020. Martin, Lauren. “One IPod, One Soul: Couples Who Like The Same Music Have The Most Chemistry.” Elite Daily, Elite Daily, 4 Sept. 2014,