Negative Essay: How Music Affects Our Lives

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Sergei Rachmaninoff once said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” Most people underestimate the value and power of music. People grieve at some point in their life, but music is an emotion and that emotion feels their grief. Musicians have an advantage by connecting to the audience through their music. Music affects our everyday lives, because it affects our emotions, promotes health, and impacts our everyday lives. Music may very well be one of those universal truths that fosters connections and propels them forward. When we disclose our favorite songs, or musical pieces that affect us in some way, we give others a glimpse at who we are as individuals. First, I will start with how music impacts our everyday …show more content…
Music can help reduce both the sensation and distress of both chronic pain and postoperative pain. Listening to music can reduce chronic pain up to 21% and depression up to 25%. Music also helps during childbirth. Going way back in history, singing was always a part of giving birth. Women relax while listening to music, so they’re able to relax a little more while giving birth. Another plus about listening to music, is it helps to reduce blood pressure. According to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to 30 minutes of Classical, Celtic, or rage music everyday may significantly reduce high blood pressure. Music affects the brain as well. Music activates many regions of the brain, which benefits a person emotionally. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” When we listen to music, it’s processed in many different areas of the brain. For example, here’s a few areas of the brain and what they control: The Motor Cortex and Cerebellum control movement, foot tapping, dancing, and playing an instrument. The Nucleus Accumbens and Amygdala both control emotional reactions to music. Last, the Auditory Cortex, is the first stage of listening to sounds, and it controls the perception and analysis of tones. There are two kind of emotions related to music: perceived emotions and felt emotions. This means that sometimes we can understand the emotions of a piece of music without actually feeling them, which explains why some of us find sad music enjoyable, rather than depressing. Listening to music can help recall information which is a great “key” for learning. Music has a way of controlling the brain through beats. You walk into a club and heads and feet are tapping in synchrony. Is this an unconscious mind control? According to psychologist Annett Schirmer, rhythmic sound “not only coordinates the behavior of people in a group, it

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