Medicinal Music


Brandon Moss

A music symbol made out of wood chips from the school parking lot.

The soul is a pool which may be filled with resentment, glee, sorrow, and even marvel at the universe in which we exist. Silence is deafening, and unorganized noise is just maddening. Concentrated sound, however, is soothing: the beat of a heart, the tapping of rain. Music is medicinal, in a variety of ways. It may cease our emotions or intensify their emanation. Whatever the result, music is the cure.

Although the majority of individuals are affected one way or another by the wave of sound we call music, this is not the case for all people. Not all songs affect a person the same way. While the mechanical tone of industrial music may cause one person to cringe, another person may find imagination. The soothing, mystic ambient music is often used for going to sleep for insomniacs or thinking of life and its wonders; both in many cases. Popular music could arouse a feeling to jump up, dance, and sing along, or it could force a prayer for silence.

Music may tug at or smooth out people’s emotions. When some people listen to a subgenre of metal, the relation between it and their anger, whether buried inside or felt plainly and outright, may stop the anger from being felt. On the other hand, it could send them into rage. When music doesn’t muffle emotions it amplifies them—music is cathartic. Nothing is constant in the world of music.

Generally people listen to music when they’re in a mood. Whatever the mood is, a remedy or an output is what music can be. Although, through time, it has been told—music is the greatest medicine.