“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
~ Berthold Auerbach (1812-1882)
I am thankful for the gift of music. Like Auerbach says, music has a cleansing and regenerative effect. It is a common language to which all humans can relate and understand. Leonardo DaVinci even claimed that one’s “soul is composed of harmony.”
Listening to various kinds of music has been found to help reduce stress, boost productivity, assist in studying, enhance exercise, and reduce pain. There’s no doubt that music has incredible power to heal, to bring people together, and to communicate when mere words fail.
Think of the vast variety of musical genres and instruments. Surely a person can find something that “washes away the dust of everyday life” be it jazz, classical, country, praise, rock, or other styles. I find myself drawn to many different styles of music, ranging from classical to jazz to alternative rock and folk.
Right now I’m listening to a CD by saxophonist Chris Potter entitled (appropriately enough) Gratitude. The album is a tribute great jazz saxophonists. Of the title track, Potter says, “‘Gratitude’ sums up the theme of this CD. When I wrote this, I was in a particularly ungrateful, lousy mood. Writing this tune brought me back around to a more positive state of mind.”
Yes, Chris, I can understand how it would bring you back around. Music is powerful medicine. Music is the rhythm of life. I am so thankful for music and for those who bring it to life.
What kind of music sings to your spirit and makes you soar?
Click here for a YouTube version of Chris Potter, John Scofield, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette playing “Unspoken.” Enjoy!
Photo by Tim Geers used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!