The complexity of music and art contrast with the simple directness of their impact on our moods. To step away from the ordinariness of daily life, we look for a temporary escape, where our mood can readjust and endorphins can take over. Music and art make our lives better, as they enable us to break out of the repetitive and mechanical plodof our daily activities.
Whether you’re a listener or the producer/artist, the effect of music is similar. Music transcends our being by giving us a new perspective – from the soothing effect of classical music, the melodic simplicity of pop music, the power of urban music, the hardcore passion of rock music, to the uplifting effect of electronic and dance music! As part of our personalities, our taste in music conquers a big space in our hearts and minds. Music touches us because we can relate to the content and the lyrics. It uplifts us because of the rhythm. It makes us dance because when a song has an addictive fun beat. It makes us focus, as a masterful symphony streams gently into our soul. There are many different types of music, but MUSIC is one. The conventional equation of music is having melody and lyrics, yet the beginnings of music relied only on the simple notes and beats. Together they made the most appealing and moving source of art. Funny how an intangible form of expression can have such a strong impact on our mood and well-being…
A wide scope of art forms have developed in our society over the years. Whether you are the messenger or the recipient, art is a reflection of society, whether by mirroring its beauty or exposing its flaws. Art comes in many styles. From the traditional such as painting, drawing and sculpting, to photography, mixed-media and design, to performance art (theater, dance) and finally to contemporary digital art, installations and new media. This large array of art forms enriches our culture. But what’s undeniable is the innate bond we have with art, and with that come the various effects it has on our perception, on our feelings, and on our understanding of the world around us and more. A visit to a contemporary art museum can temporarily transfer us from reality into a world of wonderment. A war journalist’s photography exhibition at an art gallery can make us aware of the socio-political situation in other countries. A play of Romeo and Juliet could sadden us yet still reinforce the power of love in us. The artist perceives and creates. In return, he expects society to receive his message, to perceive his angle and maybe elaborate on his vision further. Expanding the art is proof that it has affected our mood in some way, that we reacted to it. We see it, we talk about it, so we acknowledge its impact.
Finally, music and art together fall into one big category: Art (with a big ‘A’). Previously mentioned were the characteristics of Art from a recipient’s point of view. We cannot neglect the fact that music and art have a therapeutic effect on us too. Based on the various attributes of Art, many scientists and studies have shown an obvious enhancement in our moods, when any form of Art is integrated into our lives. No matter what mood it puts us in, music and art – in their diversity – have a natural effect on our being. Music and art are vital to us. Can you picture life without them? It would be a very dull and ignorant society. Culture would not exist. Civilizations wouldn’t have risen. Society would not be a valid term to use in this case. Merely a group of individuals battling against time in utter darkness. After Faith, music and art are our intellectual, entertaining and moving light!
So what tickles your mood?