Music Is Merely One Medium As Part of a Universal Truth…
I took notice of a picture that I’m sure has been hanging on the wall of (my day job) an elementary school for some time. I’m positive that it had been placed there to inspire all who walk the hall and would take the time to contemplate the meaning inside of its message.
And within the message, there are several universal truths: Music is Artistry. Music is Science.
There is no disputing the fact that music has been used to conjure human emotion, to heighten spiritual psyche. Yes, in both religious and secular circles, denominations, living communities, and even governments have been shaped and under-girded by the power that music possesses. More often than not, the uninformed human has attempted to define music with their words, not realizing that he or she has merely described feelings for the melodies they hear. This is the Artistry of Music.
But there is a dichotomy within this (and any) artistic medium. There is a treasure within music for it employs geometry, algebra, audiology, physics and fractional computation. Music has even been studied for the affects that it has on botany, sociology and human physiology. These methodical approaches to music’s power (and I’m sure there are others) is the Science of Music.
Even the antagonist in the story of my latest novel, Hell In The Choirstand, Renard Singleton, realized this truth. He used the artistry and the science of music to complete the evil mission that he felt he was destined to carry out. to his detriment, though, he was destroyed by Jeremiah’s employment of the same musical knowledge.
Yes, the creator of this vivid piece of wall art encompassed a truth in those thirty words. Civilizations would fail to exist without the many sculptures, compositions, portraits and dance forms. Without the wide range of media – and I’m so glad that I’m helping to shape Civilization through the medium of music – artistry and science would be incomplete. “Thank You, God, for your insight and forethought to have created these artistic and scientific forms, for even you admitted that Music is pleasant to your ear.”