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What is the importance of music in your life?
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Music is not nearly as important in my life as it is in the lives of many people in my family. For example, my little brother and his wife care about music enough that they make time in their lives to play in a marching band even now that they are adults.
My relationship with music is much more casual. I just listen to various kinds of popular musics that I enjoy. I occasionally listen to "classical" stuff like "New World" by Dvorak. But I do not really listen to that kind of thing with true understanding. I am just a casual listener who enjoys music but does not really understand it at any kind of a deep level.
Posted by pohnpei397 on July 24, 2010 at 7:27 AM (Answer #2)
High School Teacher
I too have several members of my family who are far more educated and versed in various types of music, one who makes a profession out of singing in choral groups, etc., so I've received some training from them along with many years of practice and a little performance on several different instruments.
But, I would say that for me the most important thing that music does is remind me of certain things, whether they are feelings or thoughts or even events and people from the past. I really enjoy hearing something that is entertaining, but it is even more fun to hear something I haven't in a while and remember the people I was with or that were in my life at the time I last heard that particular song, etc.
Posted by kapokkid on July 24, 2010 at 7:29 AM (Answer #3)
High School Teacher
Music plays a number of roles in my life. First, I use it as an escape from my thoughts. Sometimes I struggle to quiet my mind, but calming or classical music helps to settle it. Music also serves as a motivator when I need to be pumped up for exercise.
I also use music as a sort of fantasy escape. I like to imagine that I am singing or performing some of my favorite songs in front of an audience, and they love me. I dream that I have captivated my audience and they love listening to me perform.
Posted by camby16 on July 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM (Answer #4)
High School Teacher
Music has always been a big part of my life. My mother played the clarinet and piano, and I took lessons on both instruments as a child. I later played in the junior and high school bands, earning a college scholarship (playing tenor and baritone saxophones). I also sang in my church choir and, later, several college choruses. Having always liked many types of music, I accumulated a large record collection and then an even bigger collection of CDs. I have attended many record shows in the U. S. and in Europe, and still sell collectible CDs regularly on eBay. I attend as many live concerts as time (and money) permits, so the interest that was passed on from my mother has continued for most of my life.
Posted by bullgatortail on July 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM (Answer #5)
High School Teacher
In the world of education, it has been proven that reading music or playing an instrument (by ear) works a part of the brain that is not stimulated by anything else. I've also heard a theory that reading music or playing an instrument is the one activity that when a brain is put under a scan, the entire thing lights up showing that music stimulates every part of the brain in some way.
I can't imagine a more powerful tool for growth and development in children. As an educator, and now a parent, I think music is an essential element in a child's life.
Posted by clairewait on July 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM (Answer #6)
Middle School Teacher
The previous posts are all very accurate in their assertions about music. Indeed, I agree that the appreciation of music can run the gambit from casual to serious to downright intense. I think that I am of the mindset where appreciation of different genres of music is of vital importance to me. I like to do an assignment with my students at the start of the year in analyzing playlists that they have developed on their iPod or MP3s. In assessing or analyzing what is there, I ask my students to talk about what these collections or anthologies say about them and what they define as their "culture" or "cultures." It's really interesting for them to thumb through my iPod and assess my own tastes and likes in music. They cannot get a handle on the classical playlist alongside the hardcore rap playlist which is right next to the movie soundtracks playlist. The best they come up with is that there are different playlists to match the different temperaments or moods I might be experiencing and in understanding this, our discussion of contextuality becomes extremely important.
Posted by akannan on July 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM (Answer #7)
There are few things more important than music in my life. From the earliest memory that I have, everything in my life has revolved around music. I remember lying on my parent's floor listening to an 8 track cassette (I'm pretty sure you aren't old enough to know what an 8 track cassette is :) of the song "Frog Kissing". I remember the song that was playing on the radio when my sister called to tell me my mother had passed away. I remember the songs that I picked for my wedding. Even as I type, I have my iTunes account pulled up listening to Sara Evans: Suds in the Bucket. Music is a pivotal accompaniment to the many songs of my life. It is at the very essence of who I am and who I am to become.
Posted by bwylie1 on July 24, 2010 at 5:15 PM (Answer #8)
If the question is directly aimed at the reader, here is my response to it:
Music isn't as important as air and food are to me. However, it does channel my moods, and can sometimes even keep me focused!!
Posted by faria49 on July 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM (Answer #9)
Music, like the other fine arts, is what feeds the soul and touches the body, moving it. Anyone who has grown up with a musically talented parent knows the tremendous part that music plays in one's memory. And, anyone who has "been acquainted with the night" as Robert Frost put it, knows and can relate to the Blues.
Music can fit our moods, as well. I will always remember riding along with a friend years ago. This friend loved hard rock, but he had Johnny Cash's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" playing as I got into the car. "What is this?" I asked. "You don't ever listen to Country Western; in fact, you loathe it!"
"Yeah, it's the strangest thing: after breaking up with J____,it all seems to make sense now. Anyway, I think I feel like Johnny did in this song," he replied.
Yes, sometimes we are in harmony with what music says and it talks to us, and pulls at our hearts in most unusual ways, nurturing, comforting, commiserating, exhilirating, soothing, strengthening us against the dark. What would life be like without it? Terribly cold and silent, indeed.
Posted by mwestwood on July 24, 2010 at 8:28 PM (Answer #10)
High School Teacher
My entire extended family is musical--literally, all 27 of them. I long ago figured out my role is audience. I love music, I enjoy it when it's on, I appreciate it when it's done well, I worship to it in church, but I don't play it regularly in my home or my car or on my person. I do play it in my classroom (soundtracks, no words) during work or quiet time, but that's about it. I love what it does, which is move me, but I find I am more moved by words.
Posted by auntlori on August 27, 2010 at 7:26 PM (Answer #11)
Music is the thing which makes me peaceful. When I am in a dejected mood I prefer to hear music rather than sitting alone. This after sometime make me energetic and enthusiastic again and Iam ready to lead towards my goal. This is good therupy try it......
Posted by sakshigangde06 on August 28, 2010 at 1:28 AM (Answer #12)
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A fine art which could really touch your heart. As for me music sometimes bring a smile to my face and sometimes a tear.
I love country music and classical. Listening to music is a way to reduce the stress, relax and also enjoy your life! It is a good meditation too.
My father too loves music. Once a week we never miss our session of sing song in the evening. That helps us forget all our troubles and whatever we messed up on that day. I never forget my ipod where ever I go. Music makes my world spin around!!!
Just try it out and you'll be singing '' I'm flying without wings.........."
Posted by mizradane on February 11, 2011 at 8:55 AM (Answer #13)
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