Is this a blanket statement by Beethoven or does anyone believe that this is true. Is music actually a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy? Is music a revelation at all?
Anyone born in the last 50 years or so probably has had access to music in more ways that Ludwig van Beethoven could have ever imagined. Technology has made it possible for us to listen to virtually any song at any time. People don’t actually need to go to a concert at all to experience music everyday and all day long. Beethoven died in 1827 and during his time if you wanted to hear music you had to listen to yourself or somebody else play. If music is indeed a revelation, we probably don’t look at it that way now because there is so much of it and it is taken for granted. I can only imagine how powerful it was to see a live performance in the 1800’s and earlier. I guess that is an experience that I will likely never realize unless I take away all my musical gadgets for a few years and never listen to radio or TV. That’s not going to happen so I guess I can only speculate.
If Beethoven’s famous quote is the truth or even close to being true then wouldn’t that make music one of the most vital things to understand? If wisdom and philosophy are secondary to the revelation of music then certainly there would be nobody talking about cutting music programs from our elementary schools, middle schools, or high schools. In fact it would be a subject that requires students to learn and excel. It would be just as important as Math, Sciences, and Language. I personally think that music should be integrated into all subjects but that is a topic for another day.
In my own experience with music, I would say that it has been a revelation for me. It has impacted my life in so many ways that it’s hard to quantify it’s importance. All I can say that it has been a vitally important function in my life. It has helped with my imagination, creativity, discipline, and so many more things. I don’t think life would be much fun without it. I can’t say music is a revelation, but I also cannot say that it’s not.
by Henry Bahrou
I’m most definitely not looking to start a debate on creation, religion or anything like that with posting this video. If you want to comment from that point of view then that’s totally fine, but I just wanted to be clear that it’s not my intention.
More and more scientists seem to be in acceptance of the idea that all matter is actually sound or particles being held together by sound. The video shows examples of sand vibrating to form different patterns and shapes. This got me thinking about the effect of our music on the natural world. If I sit here and strum the guitar, what exactly am I creating? Are the sounds that are coming from the guitar actually forming something even if it’s at a very small level? If so, then what type of impact does it actually have on my life? Am I getting too deep? I’m thinking that it makes the music we create very important to ourselves and those around us. The human being contains a musical rhythm with it’s heart beat and a melody with the voice. We are pretty much living musical instruments. I think this is why each and every person, whether they admit it or not, have a deep yearning for music and music education. Anyhow, I can ramble on for hours, so please watch this video and let us know what you think.
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The law of vibration says that everything in the universe is in a constant state of vibration. Everything, whether solid, liquid or gas is made up of energy and all forms of energy are constantly moving and vibrating. A rock, a person or a car may appear to be still but they are in fact slowly vibrating at the sub atomic level. Other forms of energy like heat, light and sound are also vibrating but at a much faster rate than objects that appear to be solid.
Vibrations emanate sounds, imagine the strings of a guitar vibrating, the different thickness and tension of the string the different the sounds. As we have learnt, all things vibrate but solid objects appear to not to give off any sound, however as vibrations increase we can start to hear low pitched sounds and the higher the vibration the higher pitched are the sounds. Within the law of vibration, vibrations can increase to the point where they become so high they are inaudible to the human ear. The same principle also applies to our ability to see colors. We can only see the colors within the spectrum of the rainbow. However there are other colors like ultra-violet that exist but are vibrating at such a high frequency we are unable to see them.
The law of vibration is in effect throughout the entire universe and in the universe there are no two things exactly the same. This is due to the fact that everything is vibrating at a different rate. Considering the principles of the law of attraction, like is attracted to like, we can understand how vibrations are attracted to other vibrations of an identical frequency. Your thoughts are a form of energy with their own unique frequency and as your thoughts are sent out into the universe they gather energy vibrating at the identical frequency and bring to you circumstances and people who reside on the same frequency. The higher the vibration the more positive the events or people you attract and likewise, the lower the vibration more negative will be the people and events you attract. This means it is important to raise your core vibration rate and in turn the thoughts you send out will be of a higher vibration. By understanding the law of vibration you can use it to your advantage.
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President Harry S. Truman, the man in the White House when the United States intervened on behalf of the millions of innocent people who were being displaced and massacred by Hitler’s Nazi Germany, claimed to have practiced his piano lessons for two hours every morning during his childhood. Likewise, President Warren Harding was said to be able to play every instrument except the trombone and the clarinet. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) played the organ. Of course we all remember President Clinton and his saxophone, but did you know that President Nixon was an accomplished pianist?
And more recently a girl who was a musician long before she became an academic and then a world-famous diplomat, our own globetrotting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a very accomplished classical pianist. As she was growing up in the Rice home music was a family affair, and as early as age 3 Condi played piano at family gatherings. Her Dad was a minister and she often accompanied her organist Mother in church. The name “Condoleezza” is from the Italian phrase con dolcezza, which refers to playing music “with sweetness.” While other kids in her neighborhood were playing outdoors, she was more likely to be found practicing the piano or reading a book. Shadows of things to come?
The list goes on, but the real question is why do people with musical training tend to achieve more in life? There are differing theories about that, but studies have shown a direct correlation between music and the brain’s ability to adapt to the world around it. One such test showed that people that had listened to just ten minutes of Mozart’s “Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major” and then took a spatio-temporal reasoning test (which is a part of a standardized intelligence test) scored 48% higher than the control group while a second study done at the University of California, Irvine on what has been called the “Mozart Effect” shows a increased IQ score of nine points.
In another study the Bulgarian psychologist George Lozanov discovered that playing Baroque instrumental music in the background had a profound effect on student’s ability to learn and retain a foreign language. The key is that highly structured, highly organized music seems to help the human brain to function in a more organized and efficient manner while further studies have shown that discordant music actually has a negative effect on the brain.
Studying music is the perfect way to derive its benefits. At least one study has shown that young children can gain the spatio-temporal reasoning effects mentioned above just by learning to play the piano or organ. Likewise, through the study of music we have the discipline of practice to expose us to great music regardless of our age. Besides for the effect of the music, studying music teaches discipline and the relationship between hard work and reward and there is little in life more rewarding than to hear beautiful music coming forth as a result of one’s own effort.
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them — a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” — Gerald Ford, former President, United States of America
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