Commentary: Music’s Grand Impact On Society

Music has long been a ubiquitous presence in recorded human society, acting as a harmonious panacea for the soul and balm for the mind. Its impact on society is indelible and far-reaching, granting a sense of belonging, inspiring creativity and self-expression, and providing empathy and understanding in times of distress.

One magical power of music lies in its ability to evoke emotions and to portray abstract, often complex, ideas in ways that transcend linguistic barriers. From the earliest tribal drumming to the contemporary symphonies, music has been utilized as a tool for social cohesion, as well as a means of cultural and artistic expression.

History and politics, in particular, have greatly benefited off this emotional instrument using anthems, hymns, chants, and odes for promoting political messages and at times, even propaganda. Music has been repeatedly employed to challenge the status quo and to promote progressive ideas and causes. From the protest songs of the American Civil Rights movement, to the anthemic ballads of the anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, it has served as a powerful tool for inspiring social change.

One significant role of music in society lies in its inherent nature of bringing people physically together through the shared experience of witnessing the rendition of it first-hand. When you go to a festival, you’re participating in social cohesion brought about by music. When you sing in the church choir or feel grateful enough to thunderously applaud the angelical voices, you’re participating in community support made possible by music. When you go Karaoke the night away, you’re bonding with friends and strangers over, you guessed it, music. When you let go and let loose in the club, you’re attracting your ‘soul family’ for you obviously appreciate the same artist and same sounds. When you sing the anthem recognizing the impact of the country you’ve been born in over your life decisions, you’re showing your patriotism alongside other conationals via music.

Music also has the power to break down social barriers and unite individuals from diverse backgrounds. From Pop singers to Rap artists, there are a plethora of warrior voices around the world who’ve found their medium in music. N.W.A protesting police brutality and racial profiling is one example that came to mind immediately.

During challenging times and world events, music has never failed to provide solace and comfort to individuals and communities alike. Whether it is through the uplifting and spiritual qualities of Gospel music, or the cathartic nature of mournful ballads, the gift of sound and chords has the power to heal and offer comfort in trying times. The therapeutic benefits of music have long been recognized and utilized, with actual music therapy programs now commonly offered in hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities.

In conclusion, music has had an irreversible and permanent, largely positive impact on human societies throughout history. From fostering a common ground for people from different social statuses and classes, promoting social gatherings, activating one’s creativity and self-expression, to serving as a means of political activism and supporting ideology changes, music has forever played a vital role in shaping human culture and society. Musicians carry the mirror to their times in the same way classic writers are revered for their contributions to literature.

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