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
songs happy feeling: it points out his already existing anger, and makes that anger
come to the surface.