“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

                                                            - Plato

 I have never seen anybody who don't like music. Because music is your rhythm, your life force.  Famous English writer Aldous Huxley says that after silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Music like a taste of a particular cuisine has its own flavour. I can't live a day without music.  It  soothes my soul.  My computer, my mobile phone are loaded with music  of different genres -  regional music like Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Indi-pop, Western etc.

I can't distinguish between old and new.

Like  writing,  music has a creative expression.  You have to flex your muscles in your brain to bring out the inner song.   Some years ago, I read the biography of famous Indian composer A.R. Rahman written by Kamini Mathai.  

Writing about Rahman, Kamini in her book says that Rahman is what you would call a trial and error method composer.  He never lets go of a song until he is satisfied.  It is a quality that a writer too shares.  When asked how the best music happens to him, Rahman says that ' I think music comes from the divine source.  Every time I sit down to work I feel like I take orders from Him'  Rahman further says that sometimes the tunes even come to him when he is asleep.

Leo Tolstoy says that music is the shorthand of emotion.  Like beauty is in the looks of the beholder, it is true what famous British poet and Nobel laureate T.S. Eliot  said : " You are the music while the music lasts'. 

I read somewhere that music changes your mental state quickly and books change your focus quickly.  That's why doctors advise to listen good music when you are in disturbed emotional state because it changes your mental state.  Music definitely acts as stress buster. India's then  ISRO Chief (Indian Space Research Organisation) K. Radhakrishnan in an interview (courtesy: The Hindu ) says that music works as a tonic for his stress. He further says that his colleagues praise him for his memory and he attributes this to music practice.  He says that it is nada yoga for him.

In good olden days, the families sit together to savour music after evening meals when television not invaded much in Indian homes in 80s.  I could well remember my childhood days songs I listened over the radio. In fact, I downloaded all my childhood favourite songs  from internet which give a vivid accounts of those pleasant times.

As a memory tool, scientists advise you to learn music either vocal or instrument to grow the brains more creatively. They say that adding a new language, musical instrument, or cooking skill are examples of creative categories of brain challenges.

We see children listen music so often which bursts their creativity and adults don't do that way.  What I find in my own observation is that people in mid- thirties/forties/ fifties are so preoccupied with their routines and they complain that they don't find time to listen music. But that's not true.  You must listen to music, say a song or two in the day to bounce back with creativity.  Those who can't invest that 10 - 15 minutes must otherwise face the music - dryness in their daily chores ! 

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