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Music Makes Everything Better

“If music be the food of love, play on!” – Twelfth Night Act I, scene I, William Shakespeare.

Music is one of the fine arts, and like all fine arts, it inspires in us creativity, hope, inspiration and imagination. The importance of music in our lives cannot be stressed upon enough. We listen to music when we’re travelling, when we’re at work, while in the shower, when we want to relax, when we need motivation, when we’re happy, when we’re sad and the list could go on. The artistic expression of sound, music has its relevance in areas across our lives and cultures. Moreover, the love for music is not a tendency of human-beings only, it is in fact a common characteristic of nearly all living creatures. The moment the musical notes softly enter our ears; they rouse the dormant love for it. Therefore, on this World Music Day, let’s celebrate some of the oldest and most celebrated genres of music.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll

Rock and roll as a genre has had a great influence on the music industry and continues to do so even now. It is one of the very few forms of music to not have influenced and inspired people since its inception but manages to sustain its relevance through generations of people. Rock ‘n’ roll has influenced cultures in different parts of the world and has many different forms ranging from heavy metal to classic rock, punk, alternative and grunge. It has managed to influence not only the music industry, but dance, fashion and television as well. We all have that one rock ‘n’ playlist that we’ve look to for inspiration and motivation when we’ve needed it. When we think of this particular genre, our minds go to some of the most inspirational bands ever to exist in time, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, Queen and many, many others!

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Pop

Do we have any Elvis fans in the house??? If yes, then, you must love pop music (Thank you…thank you very much – Elvis style). Derived from rock and roll, pop music is a genre of popular music which originated in its modern form in the 1950s. Interestingly, the phrase “pop music” was first coined around the middle of the 1920′s, and it meant a piece of music had “popular” appeal. Numerous things that took place during the recordings of the 20′s could be seen as being the start of the modern day pop music industry, which includes strains from rhythm and blues, country, folk, and others. If you’re in the mood for something that makes you feel like you’ve got butterflies underneath your feet, the pop music is the genre for you. Most popularly conceived as a genre of music that is best suited for dance, pop music has lilting tunes and slow rhythms under its belt as well. Pop has had significant contributors across generations. From Elvis Presley to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, this genre has been truly enriched by some of the best in the industry.

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Country

Country music, one of the first genres of modern American popular music, is made for you, if you are swayed by the tunes of the banjo, the acoustic guitar, the harmonica and the blues harp. With its essence lying in an organic integration of various types of genres, country music was developed in the south eastern states of the USA and is a mix of folk music from the British Isles, church music and African American blues. Country music has several offshoots. Between the 1930s and the 1960s, genres like Honky Tonk, Rockabilly and Western Swing developed as an offset from country music while country rock and country pop came into being much later. Those who know and like country music, would be no stranger to the tunes of Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and in more recent times Taylor Swift!

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Jazz

Where would the music industry be without the rich influence of jazz? One of the most popular and most celebrated forms of music (Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, you can take a bow now!), jazz is the direct product of New Orleans ‘melting pot. The roots of jazz can be traced back to the times of slavery where slave work songs were created in the form of “call-and-response.” To tell a story, and pass the time, a song leader would call out a line and the rest of the workers would respond to his call. From the time it came into being till date, jazz continues to evolve and tug at the heartstrings of every generation.

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Blues

“Well now, it’s three o’clock in the morning, And I can’t even close my eyes. Three o’clock in the morning, And I can’t even close my eyes. Can’t find my baby, And I can’t be satisfied.” – 3 o’clock blues by B. B. King. Blues music is perhaps one of the most culturally rich genres of music to ever exist. Deeply rooted in American history, especially African-American history, blues came about at a time when slavery was rampant and all that the people had as a way of release was their song and their tune. While blues lyrics often deal with personal adversity, the music itself goes far beyond self-pity. The blues is also about overcoming hard luck, saying what you feel, ridding yourself of frustration, letting your hair down, and simply having fun! It symbolizes a journey from unbridled joy to deep sadness that no form of music communicates with more genuine emotion.  If you’re thinking blue, then you’re no doubt moving to the tunes of B.B. King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles Robinson, Billie Holiday and other such stalwarts.

Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life and inspires one to rise above the nitty-gritties of everyday life. The world would indeed be a much better place if everyone left the house with song on their lips and a tune in their hearts...happy World Music Day!

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