The description of music from Britannica is art concerned with combining vocal or instrumental sounds for beauty of form or emotional expression, usually according to cultural standards of rhythm, melody, and, in most Western music, harmony. Whether it’s classical pieces written by composers, rock bands raging in the late sixties and seventies, or a musician performing in subways of New York; music has stretched lifetimes and influenced cultural and societal changes throughout history. It brings happiness and joy during times of sorrow. Gripping souls upward out of despair.
Music brings communities closer, like a father and son duo in Zimbabwe labeled as Daniel & Gonora Sounds. Daniel at one time being a member of popular Zimbabwean music group Jairos Jiri Band. Their music has reached the hearts of people around the world while they help their community with donations from their admiring fans. Spreading songs of their Zimbabwean culture to those who would never had experienced without the internet.
Music has spread influence worldwide connecting generations of people. Their culture being influenced with holidays and celebrations. Tapping into century long story telling, songs of admiration, even those to rally troops in battle. Cultures have always used music to tell the stories of their people. From Britannica, a excerpt on Native American music states:
“Some Native Americans consider songs to be property and have developed formal systems of musical ownership, inheritance, and performance rights. On the northwest coast of North America, the right to perform ancestral songs and dances is an inherited privilege, although the owner of a song can give it away. Peoples of northwestern Mexico believe that certain songs belong to the shaman who received them in a dream, but after his death those songs enter the community’s collective repertory.”
A powerful song from the Navajo nation begins with:
House made of dawn.
House made of evening light.
House made of the dark cloud.
House made of male rain.
House made of dark mist.
House made of female rain.
House made of pollen.
House made of grasshoppers.
Dark cloud is at the door.
The trail out of it is dark cloud.
The zigzag lightning stands high upon it.
Your offering I make.
I have prepared a smoke for you.
Restore my feet for me.
Restore my legs for me.
Restore my body for me.
Restore my mind for me.
This small excerpt from this Navajo healing prayer provides their people with the power to overcome the obstacles they face through poetry and story telling. Lyrics connect the thoughts of the song writers along with what influenced them to craft these remedial melodies. From the current times of COVID-19 and global strife, its music of uplifting sounds and lyrics that will help the people of Earth to overcome their fears and turmoil. It can change a day of gloom to a one that blooms.