Music: More than a Human Obsession

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“Who invented music? I’d like to shake [sic] his hand.” The lyrics sang so soulfully by the late great Louis Armstrong mimics the heart feelings of societies throughout history. It has long been a point of debate whether music is an invention or a discovery. But in actuality, music was around before humans came into existence. The bird sings, water rapids roar, the rustle of the leaves and the groaning of the limbs as the wind blows; so many intricate sounds that have over the years been incorporated into our very souls as we realized that nature itself provides us with a world of music. The very essence of music as we know it today was generated by the response of human mind to those sounds created by none other than God.

Music has become more than just a form of entertainment; it has become a necessary means of enhanced learning and healing of the body, mind and spirit.

The evolution of music has been tested and found to be an intricate part of the education process. There are also documented studies indicating that music is found to bring a more rapid response time in the healing process. This indicates that there is a very positive connection to music and the human brain.

HistoryThe first mention of music in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible is in Genesis 4:19-22: Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and the flute. Zillah also had a son, Tubal-cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. (NIV) Notice that musician is one...