Essay on The Pleasures of Music

Music means sounds arranged in a way that is pleasant or exciting to listen to

“People sing music or play it on instruments.”

Music appeals to the soul more than to the ear as someone has said that it is food for the soul. We now have pop music or modern popular music with a strong rhythm (strong repeated pattern of sounds or movements) and simple tunes that thrill young people and make them walk rhythmically and dance passionately. Dance music makes us dance in joy and hope. Religious music is devotional that creates in us moods of prayer and worship. Classical or traditional music is serious and connected with old musical instruments played with the hand. Whatever the form of music may be, it is the mood and thoughts of the player that make him interested in it. Even computer music and electronic music demand special moods of appreciation

We are music addicts when we cannot stay away from it for long hours. We cannot stay away from musical notes and songs, and spend much time-listening to it as a matter of habit. We are even prepared to damage our regular work or studies at the cost of music.

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Music addiction or the habit of listening to music for long hours is not as harmful as watching TV, taking drugs, smoking or drinking. We can study or work at a place, sometimes better while listening to music. Often musical tunes move, encourage and inspire us, and also help us to take momentous (very important or serious) decisions. Many a soldier fights energetically while listening to light musical tunes. Even while lunching or dining, we are pleased to listen to soothing light music or songs in the background. Some religions, like Christianity and Hinduism, sanction music and singing with prayers. Islam would oppose music when it leads to any kind of immorality. Martial music, nuptial (connected with marriage), festive music (connected with celebrations), and birthday music are commonly acceptable in Islamic countries. The Arab music of this sort and Iranian, Turkish, Egyptian, Moroccan, Malaysian and Indonesian music is quite common.

Music addition should surely be condemned if it makes us attend rock concerts (performances of loud modern music with electric guitars and drums), pop (popular, low-taste) concerts, some jazz performances (in which the participants behave immorally and uncontrollably), and the like as a habit. We, then, get lost in these concerts and attend them at the cost of our studies, professional work, and household duties. The music that pleases us as we work and study and improves the tempo (speed) or pace of our work is the best.

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