From shoowap, to boom-bap and gqom-trap, music is the key to comforting broken hearts and unlocking the beast from the shy girl. Africans especially, are often accused of singing and dancing to everything. Whether we are sad, mad or happy – we sing and dance. This may sometimes be blown out of proportion by the media – especially in advertisements, but still, it’s hard for us to deny that rhythm is in the very make up of our anatomy.
Can you imagine running into someone who tells you they do not listen to music at all? I am sure those people exist. No offence but, where do they find any sense of peace and joy? What do they do at weddings? I guess what I am really asking is, are they okay? Even Aboriginals who live completely secluded from media find some time in their busy forest lives to beat a drum or two. I am writing this article in the hopes that no one actually needs any convincing that music is an essential part of our lives, and with the hope that you will be jamming some music while you read this.
“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones,” said Keith Richards. Speaking of bones, healthfitnessrevolution.com says “Research shows that music therapy and pre-recorded music reduced pain more than typical treatments in cancer patients. Other research indicates that it can also reduce pain in intensive care patients. But the selection of music needs to be classical, meditative or the patient’s choice.”
The site elaborates that music helps improve your mood by releasing dopamine – “a feel good neurotransmitter,” reduces stress and anxiety as well as increasing your workout endurance. Which is no surprise why it always feels like a prerequisite to have earphones at the gym. You remember those times when you wanted nothing to do with a certain song, because it takes you back to the days with that one human, who you now wish no longer existed? That may be caused by the fact that music is actually one of the best ways to improve memory.
“A non-profit organization of patients with Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias says patients remember who they are or even certain memories of their past life by having them listen to some old and meaningful tracks,” states healthfitnessrevolution.com. Music is believed to touch so many different parts of the brain that it may even stimulate dormant parts that may still be healthy.
If you are still in doubt, remember the words of the great mama Maya Angelou: Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.