How music speaks to us

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Whether it be the Beatles or any other of your favorite bands, there is one thing that is for sure, that music speaks to us in a number of ways. Much like visual art, music is a sonic experience that helps us connect with others and explain the world around us. Without music, our lives would be much less joyful, which is why even people that do not follow music enjoy listening to it.

The best part of the ways in which music speaks to us is that it speaks to each person individually. When it comes to taste, it is difficult for some to believe that someone wouldn’t like a band. Even The Beatles have people that do not enjoy their music, simply because it speaks to them differently than it speaks to a lot of others. This is called diversity.

No wrong answer

Being human is all about embracing what makes us diverse. If everyone looked the same, acted the same, and liked the same music, there would be less divergence in how we relate to our fellow person. The reason music is such a great form of art is because it creates differences in opinion, which people can then discuss and help them understand one another.

So joyful is our world that there is music of all types, and people that like these types of music. By understanding that people having different taste is what makes us human, we can better begin to understand the wonderful diversity that makes us human and lovers of music.

Is rock dead?

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For many, The Beatles represented a changing of the guard in terms of popular music, especially rock music. In some ways, they represented the marriage between rock music and popular music. They had the ability to appeal to a wide variety of audiences and brought something new to the genre of rock music. They went from hard to tame, from edgy to subdued, all within moments, which really spoke to many people.

In some ways, there hasn’t been a band since, which leads me to the question, is rock dead? Rock music in today’s world is much different than rock music of the past. It is more aggressive and less poppy, and often defined in different terms such as alternative or heavy metal. But the real thing is that the mechanics are different, and the rock we once knew is rarely seen.

So what now?

Rock may be dead, but what it is doing is ushering in a different age of music in which genres are being redefined. Rock may have given way to other forms of innovation, and soon there will be a new Beatles (perhaps) that help bridge more gaps between genres and change the way we see and hear music.

Art is something that is always changing, being redefined. The Beatles played a crucial role in how music was defined during the 20th century, and in the 21st, their influence still holds true, but is not as influential to new bands as it once was. Where will music go next?

The full festival experience

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As someone who has attended a great deal of music festivals in my day, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like the sun on your face, the sound of music, and interesting people as far as the eye can see. As far as getting value for bands seen, few things compare to the value not only monetarily, but socially to that of a good music festival.

That said, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. And while there is quite a bit of sunshine, there is something that a lot of people don’t realize about festivals, and that is that it is very rigorous on the body as well as the mind. Depending on where the festival is, it could be hot as Hades or cold as the Arctic.

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Conclusion

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The nature of rock music

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Music has long been a way for us to connect with one another and explain the world around us. No matter the type of music, it shares the same power in making us feel like one with the earth and one another. Depending on the genre, it can even evoke specific emotions, which are scientifically connected to the different parts of the brain.

For example, it has been documented that playing classical music around children can increase brain activity and lead to faster cerebral development. Conversely, playing heavy metal has also shown to increase the flow of adrenaline in the body. But rock music is special in that it evokes so many human emotions inn unthinkable ways.

The power of rock

Rock music has been shown to increase the level of oxytocin released in the body, which is the hormone largely connected to happiness and togetherness. What this means, is that certain types of rock music, it is important to distinguish this because there are a wide variety of genres that fall under the umbrella of rock music, can actually make somebody happier chemically, much like that of human contact.

What many people realized when listening to rock music, is that they feel a sort of calm and connectivity to the world around them. The Beatles are one of the bands that have been shown to increase oxytocin in the brain of both adults and children, enriching their lives in ways that music scholars never thought imaginable. So listen up!

How music speaks to us

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In recent posts, I mainly spoke of The Beatles and their impact on music. Today, I want to cover a broader topic on music: how it affects us as humans. Music has been a part of humanity since ancient times, and is a natural expression of our need to share our experiences with those around us. As social beings, we have always counted on the wisdom of others to help us better ourselves as a species.

From Mozart to Nickelback, music speaks to each individual differently and helps us understand the world as well as each others. In terms of connecting with others, there is no better way to do it than in a song.

A primal instinct

Every creature in nature has a way of communicating with each others, and humans are only slightly different. Most animal communication is based on a biological imperative, in which we must be able to find one another in the vast expanse of nature. Music is essentially communication not out of necessity, but also entertainment.

Music allows us to separate ourselves from the beasts, who only communicate out of necessity. Music shows us that we have evolved so highly, that we can now use communication in a way in which it may not have been biologically intended. We are able to step outside of the fear of being alone in the world and share our experiences though the wonderful art of music. The next time you hear your favorite song, think about how many biological steps it took for you to hear it.

The Beatles and counterculture

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What makes The Beatles such a compelling band is not only their contribution to music, but also culture as well. In addition to changing the face of music, they were also a large part of the counterculture of the late sixties and early seventies, when the world was changing its view. The most notable is the hippie movement of the United States, to which The Beatles as a group had strong opinions.

And although they were never technically part of the counterculture of the United States, they helped influence a large and powerful generation. The sixties in the US was a time of political unrest and redefining what it meant to be an American, and The Beatles were part of that ebb and flow.

A worldwide influence

Most Americans, do not know much about the counterculture of England, but The Beatles were so globally popular that they helped influence that too. What Americans remember is the talk about drug use and anti-oppression views that The Beatles had, and that resonated with the United States and the rest of the world.

Perhaps what made the band so popular was not only the music that they played, but the time during which they played it. There is a loose connection between groundbreaking music and social turmoil, and there was no shortage of both during the time in which The Beatles rose to fame.

Counterculture and music are very closely related, and The Beatles are the perfect example of how one feeds off the other.

Celebrating 100 years of The Beatles

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Soon it will be the 100th anniversary of The Beatles formation and rise to fame. And although some of the members have now died, they are still not only historically relevant, but also still a large part of modern music. If it weren’t for The Beatles, many bands wouldn’t exist. Likewise, without what they did for music, there would be many different genres that did not have the influence of one of the greatest groups of all time.

What is interesting about the band is that they were able to influence so many genres of music while respecting the genres from which they were formed. The best example of this is the blues and rock artists of England.

Old meets new

What the centennial means is the documentation of The Beatles and their impact on popular music for the past 100 years. Think about the world of music and how different it would be without the influence of The Beatles. Hundreds, maybe thousands of bands would not exist, and in some way the music landscape would be much different.

We celebrate The Beatles not only for their impact on music but their achievements throughout the artistic timeline. Music is all about taking what has been done and adapting it to the changing artistic landscape. And while there have been may influential bands throughout the years, it is arguable that The Beatles did the most for music of all time.

 

Arguably the greatest band of all time

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When people ask me who the greatest band of all time is, I often only have one response “The Beatles”. And while they are commonly regarded as one of the best bands on most people’s list, there is often some debate. Some would argue that seminal bands such as the Rolling Stones and B.B. King, it’s important to remember that what made The Beatles great was their ability to marry rock music with popular culture.

And while their marriage of the two is not entirely uncommon, The Beatles were able to do it seamlessly. In other instances, bands have incorporated elements of the two genres, but somehow The Beatles were better at doing it than many others.

So why is it so important?

Some people may ask “Why is it so important to combine rock and pop?”. And while there is more to the answer than meets the eye, it’s important to remember that people might not even know why they are so drawn to that type of music.

For my money, The Beatles represent one of the last true bridges between pop and classic blues-based rock. No matter why people like the combination, the fact remains that they do, and the feeling is somewhat universal.

Conclusion

In addition to being prolific in their respective genre, The Beatles may have inadvertently created their own genre in the vein of the combination of pop and rock. Every time you think of the genre “pop rock”, remember that it was The Beatles that were largely responsible for its formation.

Your favorite beatle

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For many people, it is easy to choose your favorite Beatle, but for others, such as myself it is much more difficult. In many ways, choosing a favorite Beatle shows a lot about your personality, and in other ways, it is the collective of the individuals involved that made The Beatles so great.

Regardless, it is important to understand what each Beatle did to further the success of the band. John was seen as the creative force behind the songwriting, Paul the public face, George the creative instrumentalist, and Ringo the drummer.

So who is my favorite?

This is a trick question because as I touched upon earlier, it is not the individuals by themselves, but rather the collective of the four that made the band such a force in music. In some ways, there is a creative side to the band and a whimsical side.

John and George are on the creative side, while Paul and Ringo are on the whimsical side. Chances are that if you appreciate creativity more, you appreciate Paul and George, but if you like the happy and charismatic side, Paul and Ringo might be more in your wheelhouse.

Conclusion

I believe that it was the marriage between the two that made the band so successful. Creativity and personality were both needed to achieve the greatness that The Beatles were able. Because of this, there is reason to separate the two, which is what makes it so difficult to choose.

 


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