What’s Underneath Music
How is it possible that when one adds simple notes together, which do not have any meaning individually, one could get such a beautiful creation such as Moonlight Sonata?
I mean why does it matter how we put the notes together? Why is it that when we just play random notes loudly it could give us a headache but when they are put in a certain order they could make one’s headache go away?
I mean one could simply say that just because Mozart was a genius his creation had to be magnificent; however that is an argument from personal incredulity which any thinking man should not take seriously. There is something more profound that needs to be explored.
Think about this for a moment – the same idea could be expressed in two different ways. One in which a person goes on and on over explaining it until one’s head hurts and second way in which it is explained very elegantly and expressed very eloquently hence giving the listener this particular feeling of awe.
This feeling of awe is the same when one listens to Moonlight Sonata, Symphony No. 7 in A major or anything else that touches the listener’s heart.
I would like to assimilate this similarity by introducing the idea of rhythm since it would make it much easier to understand it. There is a certain rhythm to everything in this world.
If you just look around you will see what I mean. Look at the rotating planets, the cycle of birth and death, daily thoughts and routines. All of those are just parts that combine into a one big rhythm so to speak.
Now here is what I would like to speculate: there are two type of rhythms one being harmonic which is mostly found in nature and one which is chaotic which is mostly found in our society.
Anything aligned with the harmonic rhythms exudes love, compassion, creativity, laughter and joy whereas anything aligned with chaotic rhythm exudes frustration, anger, jealousy, pain and misery. Of course these are two extremes of the spectrum and there is a place for anything in between as well.
When we look at the trees, the animals and nature in general we feel at ease for some reason and I think the reason is because we align ourselves to its rhythm. On the other hand when we go to New York City this feeling of rush and anxiety takes over us.
Now following this same point I would like to also speculate that when one is listening to a bunch of notes being played loudly one’s head hurts because the rhythm is chaotic. With the same token when one is listening to a beautiful piece of music one is feeling aligned with the harmonic rhythm hence the feeling of joy, freedom and beauty.
I know many people with miserable lives who live in the chaotic rhythm. But one should see their face expressions when they are at a concert of their favorite musician or when they are dancing their favorite choreographed piece.