The magic of music

Image via Alice Moore

Music is powerful because of its ability to galvanize emotions.

As Oliver Sachs demonstrated, music is therapy; familiar sounds trigger memory and can help people feel like their former selves.

Music can also suspend doubt and fear. Your workout playlist can push you the extra mile. Ambient noise can boost your concentration and thus productivity levels. In short, music can free your mind so you can do anything from dancing with fear to get stuff done.

There’s something instinctive about music that tugs directly at the heart. It needs little if no processing. Even a plant doesn’t need a mind to dance toward the sun.

“Language is used every day, and easily becomes shopworn, and it takes a poet to recall it to its freshness, its ability to embody eudaimonistic insights in a meaningful way. Music is not as shopworn, and thus may cut straight to the heart.”

Martha Nussbaum

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