The Point of Music

Do you ever wonder what the point of music is? You cannot see, taste, smell, or touch music. It cannot provide nourishment, strength, shelter, light, warmth, protection, or any other fundamental necessity. So why is this intangible arrangement of sounds to a rhythm so loved by people on this earth?

In all continents, countries, and cultures music is there. Throughout the past music had its place: the ballads of medieval minstrels, sea shanties of pirates, fight songs of warriors, psalms of biblical times even! About every event in a person’s life has music: birthdays, funerals, sleepovers, prom nights, ballet recitals, road trips, all these things would have far less meaning without music. In most all religions and religious services music has its place there as well.

Clearly in human society music is important, but why is that? What is the point of this arrangement of sound?

I did some research to find out scientifically why music is so enjoyed. To summarize, I came to this: Music, when enjoyed, causes dopamine (the “happy hormone”) to be released into a part of our brain that deals with stimulation called the striatum. So basically music makes us happy because it stimulates part of our brain. Why does it stimulate? There must be more of an answer to the point of music than stimulation. I’ve never heard a musician say there main goal as an artist is to stimulate their fans brains, (honestly that sounds a really creepy). So what is the point of music? What is music’s purpose?

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The point of music is connection. It is emotion. It is relationship. Music is a tool used by all peoples to simply communicate their feelings. Music is a universal language. If you played a minor and a major chord to a complete foreigner I can guarantee they could tell the difference in mood. Though every Gaelic lament I hear I know none of the words, but I still know it’s sad.

Music can express the deepest feelings and the most complicated emotions. Music can show the fiercest rage, the most blissful love, the harshest sorrow. Music is a thing of relating. If one cannot find the right words, odds are there’s a song that can help you express your meaning.

Music connects our mind with thoughts, our body with rhythm, and our souls with emotion. Music can join multiple souls together. Perhaps music is the sound our soul makes, but to know that I’d have to be God…(I’m not, in case you were wondering 😛 )

So that is the point of music, in my eyes. Do you see music differently? What are some songs that connect to you most?

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Have a happy and musical Thursday! -Gems of Genres

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Go and See The Hunts DFW Concert! Plus Interview with Josh Hunt

All DFW Metroplex population and then some! Are you searching for an awesome concert to go to this month? If so, you have to go and see The Hunts live at Mckinney Performing Arts Center on September, 18th. (Click here for details)

“But I know nothing about this band,” you say? Well then, let me tell you! 🙂

Seven, multi-instrumentalists, with breathtaking harmonies, who are also siblings, The Hunts are a Virginia-based Alternative-Folk band. Their music is spirited and from the heart; always with a bright message. It is deep and wise, yet innocent and simple, and altogether beautiful.

The Hunts

I had the privilege of asking lead-singer and eldest brother Josh Hunt a few questions, via email, before they come to Texas for the show.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a musician?

A. My love for being a musician stems from my love for music. That sounds obvious, but it stands true. Above all the perks that I’ve experienced from being a musician, there is a genuine love and intrigue I have towards music.”

Q: How does being on tour with your siblings effect your relationships with each other, both positively and negatively?

B. Touring with my family is gratifying and a ways that we’ve created many of our fondest memories. Our relationships growing up have always existed in tight living spaces. For example, all seven of us shared a single bathroom throughout our childhood. We collectively understand that touring is possible through solid relationships that involve care and forgiveness.”

Q: What is the story behind the song “Make This Leap”? 

C. Make this leap is mostly inspired by our childhood. The sounds and many of the lyrics to this song and the rest of the album for that matter were written to capture the emotion behind our memories and adventures as children.”

Q: What is your favorite song to perform?

D. My favorite song to perform often varies… Last month it was “Douse The Flame”, a slower beautiful song that is also reminiscent of the effect of past years, and years gone by. This month it has been Valentina. Valentina (written about an orphan we met in Haiti) holds so much meaning. Experiencing the joy and courage of this girl has effected us significantly and recalling the experiences by playing Valentina is a pleasure.”

(In 2013, three years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, The Hunts along with a two cousins and a friend, went to “impact and bless the lives of children in impoverished and unfortunate conditions through music and teaching.” Their time spent is beautifully told in this video. )

Q: Is there a question you would like to be asked?

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Q: As a musician, is there anything specific you have, or would like to accomplish?

My goal as a musician is to be as genuine and true to myself throughout my career as I possibly can. Music shouldn’t be made in a factory. That often defeats the purpose and emotion of it. The Hunts style of writing and the effort and meaning we put into each song is something I’d like to maintain.” -Josh Hunt

I think that last answer truly shows the heart of this band. The one thing that makes me addicted to someone’s music is if you can feel it, and with The Hunts you most certainly can. Their music is true, and laced with meaning and emotion; the way music should be!

I really hope you all come out and see the Hunts live because their music is amazing! Purchase tickets to The Hunts Live at McKinney Performing Arts Center here. If you would like to see The Hunts in concert, but don’t live in the DFW area click here to see their tour dates.

You can find The Hunts on FacebookTwitter and at thehuntsmusic.com. If you want to here more of their awesome music give them a follow on Spotify.