The dictionary defines Music as "the science or art of combining tones into a composition having structure and continuity: Also as vocal or instrumental songs having rhythm, melody, or harmony.
This is a wonderfully academic definition and be it far from me to question the authority of the dictionary, however this definition describes more the process of producing music than it defines what music actually is. Music is far more than a science it is in fact a creative force a spiritual dimension of life. Music has been apart from the human experience in every culture and society of mankind since time began. From the earliest cultures of man until now music has been used to express a wide range of human emotions from love, joy and celebrity to sadness, anger and fear.Music has been used to inspire patriotism, incite wars and promote peace. Music is so much apart from us that we could not imagine a world or an existence that did not include this dimension of life. My point here is not to make a case for any particular genre of music but rather to help us understand that whether we know it or not the reason music is so much apart from us regardless of our age, race, cultural background, or preferred musical Genre and the reason it affects us the way it does is because in essence music is spiritual.
Understand that any thing that has the ability to alter our mood (positively or negatively), give language to feelings we can not express, or transport us back in time or forward into the future is a spiritual force. Music does all these things on varying levels. When we speak of things being spiritual we are speaking of that which possess the following: potential, purpose and power
At this point I must inform you that music like many other things in life such as money and even religion has the potential for good as well as evil. If we believe that music is spiritual than it is brutal
To understand that there is a good and an evil side to spirituality and spiritual things. For example the same knife that can be used to prepare a wonderful meal can also be used to mortally hurt some
One. The same wealth that can be used to feed the poor and promote positive change in the world could also be used to fund the trafficking of Illegal drugs or guns. In recent years the positive potential of music has been rediscovered as many mental health and therapy organizations are now including the use of music as a part of there therapy and recovery programs. Yet this is nothing new, in the bible there is a story of a great king named saul who was tormented in his soul and mind by an evil spirit. It was recommended to him that he employ the service of a skillful minstrel (musician). He was made aware of a young man named …