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About Positive Music
by Don Robertson

The Effects of Music

Music has a definite effect on people, animals, and plants. In fact it can have a powerful influence on our body, mind, and emotions. Music with a ‘beat’ can stimulate your body; music with powerful melodies and harmonies performed with feeling can make you weep or cry out with joy; and music like the fugues of Bach and Mozart can be mentally invigorating. Every Hollywood movie producer is aware of the power of music, and that is why it plays such a key role in motion pictures. The music that accompanies movies grabs our feelings.

Often when I talk about a particular kind of music having a particular kind of effect, I am told: "But that simply can not be true. Music effects people in different ways, or the same person differently at different times." Music may seem to effect people differently, but that is because people can react differently to the music. We are able to apply a filtering process to the music we hear. If someone hates jazz, then a jazz piece with a positive effect will probably not make him feel good. But actually what we are talking about here is a filter. A filter is something that changes something that is passed through it by allowing only a certain part to pass through. We all have our built-in filters, our likes and dislikes, that can block the direct effect that music might have. A happy song might appear to make an angry person angrier, yet it is not the music itself that is creating the anger; rather it is the positive effect of the music. The angry person does not want to accept the song’s happy feeling: it points out his already existing anger, and makes that anger come to the surface.


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