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Music is one of the most expressed forms of art. People who write, compose and produce music often cite this activity as the best medium to liberate their soul and perhaps speak of their internal and external sufferings. I live with music and so do most of us, regardless of which genres or musical interests. A day goes by without listening to music can be really out of momentum, if not at all distressing, to people who find comfort and serenity in the beauty of lyrical masterpieces. We know music impacts our brains and bodies, but we do not quite understand exactly why or how music goes about doing this. Also, because we do not understand the details, it can be tricky to employ music for different healing purposes. James Clear, a music therapist in his website mentions that part of these issues could be resolved if researchers carry out better studies for currently, researchers may have done the research that rarely have a typical format. That said, James Clear posits that music therapy is ‘non-invasive, inexpensive, and convenient’. It is true because music is one of the lifestyle choices we can make that relieves stress and anxiety, decreases pain, and protects against disease.
Speaking of music as a remedy for stress, anxiety and depression, there will never be a specific reason why people may become depressed if you were to go and ask even your family or close friends. I am neither a psychologist nor a medical practitioner to come out with a diagnosis and explain it but I love to observe this trouble as a chain reaction. It can begin to suffocate you the moment you wake up from your sleep. It is like a daily battle that we are bound to encounter. We never ask for depression to come to our life but often, it comes without a knock on the door. It becomes the reason for reduced productivity, emotional imbalance, loss of general functioning that can lead to more serious implications on one’s health if remained unattended or ignored. Most importantly, we always misleadingly think that it takes a failed relationship or marriage to be depressed over, but a friend of mine gets depressed when he forgets to have a sip of espresso in the morning before going out. Truth be told, a lot has to do with an individual’s capacity to overcome and control the depression in many different ways, albeit alone or with other people. Help must be sought in any means possible. Silence kills.
As this article continues to reflect, many singers who write their own songs believe that their music empowers them to reach those who listen to it. Take Mariah Carey for example, she is, in my opinion, the epitome of a singer-songwriter who takes great endeavour in writing music that becomes an anthem for her fans and helps pull themselves through the difficult time. Forget the ensemble, forget the rumour, forget the short skirt, forget the fake hair, you name it but she certainly connects with her music and believes that it is what keeps her sanity in bleak time of her life as an artist who cannot possibly escape the scrutiny of the public eye. Songs like ‘Hero’, ‘Outside’, ‘Close My Eyes’, ‘Make It Happen” and many other in her massive musical catalogue contain lyrics that are pure and based on the real accounts of the singer’s tumultuous life at the start of her career, growing as a biracial child as well as being a child of a divorce. The ability to narrate all this in her songs manifests the strong power of music to reach the heart of those who can relate to it and find comfort through listening to it. With the same implication in mind, listening to the beautiful recitation of the Holy Koran, in my case, gives me the indescribable feeling and heals my perturbed mind in ways that a bowl of ice-cream sometimes fails.
Truth is, music indeed expresses that which cannot be said. I did a very simple online survey via Facebook with my colleagues where I asked the question ‘what does music mean to you’ to be answered briefly. Some responded more than a sentence, eventually, but the key point is that music constitutes a significant part of their life. Here are some of the responses:

 

Music is one of, if not the most important aspect of my life.
Music to me is a source of stress release. It helps me calm down or just to relax, on a bad day. But on a good day, music just helps me get through the day.
Music is how I relate myself to the world.
Music means the world to me. It makes me think about how it relates to life and I love the beats.
Music is a way to express yourself and your feelings. It’s something that I can go to whenever I need it.
It can anthropomorphise emotions in life if written (perhaps sung) well.
Music wakes me up, gets me going, and is a way to add some more awesomeness to every day.
Music is a nice thing you can listen to when you want to get out and just go into your own world.
Music is my way to escape from the real world and just listen and let myself go.
Music is freedom. It’s everything. Music connects the world!
It is the expression of deep emotions and feelings.
Music soothes me, lifts me up and always makes me feel a certain way.
Music explains things when words fail; Music speaks.

 

Those responses mentioned above speak volumes of the significance of music in one’s life. Although there is little research showing the healing power of music, we cannot deny the very fact that unlike anti-depressant pills that have horrible side effects psychological or physiological, good music carries none.
Alif Ayob