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Music And Entertainment In Our Society

Dec 24, 2007
Music is a ubiquitous presence in our daily lives. In our homes, workplaces and shops, music is the backdrop to our daily lives, and is a common denominator amongst people across the world. Furthermore, music establishes social connections, and is an adhesive particularly amongst younger generations, forming friendship groups based around this common interest. But what is it about music that makes it so important in our society, and how has this come to be the case? In this article we will look at the profound impact of music on our everyday lives and why music has this impact.

The impact of music begins from a very early age. As babies, it is essential to begin to comprehend rhythm in order to anticipate future events, not only for our safety but for our mental development. This is where singing to children comes in. The child's response to music will be notably positive, particularly if they are involved in the singing. This makes them anticipate recurring parts of the song, determined through the rhythm of the music. Interestingly, there have also been links between music and the treatment of autism, with rhythm an essential ingredient in that process. By encouraging the anticipation of rhythm, music is making new connections in the brain to help those in need.

Music is also a strong commercial tool, and an industry worth literally billions of dollars every year. Even with the threats of technology in recent years, the record industry is still booming, and their marketing power is as strong as ever. In 2003, a survey showed that the involvement of music when we shopped encouraged an increase in spending by up to 30%. Maybe it's a result of the emotive connection we feel with music. Or maybe it stems from the relax state music can induce. Either way, music makes money at source and as a marketing tool for other people. You only have to look at some of the film and music deals that have been struck over the last decade to see how widespread the impact of music in our lives.

Music is commonly appreciated by everyone, which is strange given cultural distinctions and personal taste. Because there is such a massive scope in tastes and cultures worldwide, so to music differs from place to place. But at the core is the same considerations of melody, harmony and rhythm which drive us as humans and make a deep, spiritual connection.
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Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Society, Games, and Gemstones
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