Music was always inseparable part of my life. My mom proudly tells everyone that ever since I was 4 years old, whenever there was a piano around, I was pulled to it like a magnet.
I was playing the piano in elementary school’s shows, I studied music in university, and I was performing for many years in the Israeli theaters and entertainment business. At nights I would put my headphones and listen to classical music, waving my hands as if conducting an imaginary orchestra playing in front of me.
Music was always there, to put her spell on me, to guide me and show me the way, and to keep the desire burning inside of me.
Music was also responsible for my decision to leave my former life as a pianist, and start my entrepreneurial path, back in 2006. Yet, it has been only the last three years, that actually made a change for me, and made me understand the power, and more importantly sources of power, which music holds.
While I’m leading my current company since 2015, I studied about the strong relation of music with neuroscience. I’ve read many books describing the wonders that music has made for many ill and suffering people, and sometimes was able to save their life. I was talking with brain researches about the heart and mind connection, and the way music enables it, I was exposed to amazing people which wrote fat essays, about the way music frequencies and keys, imposes processes inside our body, healing it in the most accurate way possible. I also had deep conversations with doctors and philosophers from the Far East, revealing ancient methods, and criticizing in a way the western medical culture, for being skeptical about anything which was yet to be proven as evidence based.
When I gathered all this knowledge, and combined it with my personal experience as music fan and pianist, I have reached many insights, which turned my belief in music therapy into a burning passion to lead my current startup company.
Music includes all the components, which forms the building block of our life: Tempo, Dynamics, frequencies, stress, relief, volume, harmony, joy, sadness and many more.
Music affect our mind both via our consciousness, as well as via our sub consciousness.
In this blog, I ask to share with the readers some principals and ideas that reflect my perception on music therapy, and explain in details why I think Music Therapy should be taken to its next generation, turning into a prescription based medicine, that will eventually keep humanity healthier and happier.
The first topic I have chosen to deal with is missionary in a way. I see it as important mission for myself with great responsibility attached to it. It’s called — “Why classical music?”
The main objective of music, generally speaking, is to communicate with the listener, and make him excited and thrilled. This is the wish of the composer and his mission. This is also, the tool by which he is being measured. If the listeners are thrilled, they will hear it again and again. They will recommend others, until eventually the work will become viral and successful. All the technology and innovation in the world would not change this foundation. Music is here to communicate with us, and make us happy. That is its nature. That is also the reason why many believe that it was the foundation for all the languages we speak today.
Our ancestors were communicating via beats, rhythms and sounds, as their main tool to connect. Our mind was developed base on those principles, and it is tuned to hear and react to music when he hears it.
This is the main reason why I think there should be a clear split between instrumental music, and music which includes lyrics. It’s simply a matter of evolution.
They might both thrill you, but for different reasons. While lyrics have got the power to thrill you, they are being processed, by a different part of our brain. In fact, they are being processed by the opposite side of our brain.
While instrumental music deals directly with the parts that are responsible to our emotions and feelings, (the Hypothalamus as part of the Limbic system) the lyrics would have to take the indirect path, and be processed and analyzed before they turn into emotions.
I can agree with the argument the lyrics can sometimes amplify the impact of music on us, but I would still urge you, to learn how to listen to instrumental music and benefit from the direct effect.
In my view, classical music is the noblest source from which you can learn how to listen and benefit from music, simply because of the fact, that it is pure and clean. No additions to it. It’s bare.
The classical composers had just the basic and conservative music instruments to use in their compositions. Thus, in order to be able to thrill the listener and succeed, they were simply forced to write music that is thrilling. That’s all there is into it. They have learnt the secrets of how music will strum your emotions. They knew which key would make you happy and which one would make you sad and they knew how to use wisely intervals and harmonies.
That is the reason why classical music has a direct and seamless effect on our mind.
I think this is a good point to stop my first blog, hopefully keeping the readers interested to hear more, and drill down into the details and further insights which I plan to share in my next publications.