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Music and Art

Music and Contemporary Art (The Arts) can be said to be both languages that speak to man. They can inform the subconscious and the conscious mind and at many levels. They can inform the spirit and the creative side created in the image of God. They move emotions like a momentous sea or bring a still warm calm. Music can cause a riot-historically true-or can bring a message or be a comforting ‘word’, as so many people will acknowledge as in difficult personal times.
Is music more powerful than Art? Is there anything that Music can achieve that Art cannot?
The link between Music and Art is Man. Man creates both and there is no true meaningful Art or Music without Man, although a singing bird or a mountain range inspires us to use the terms of Art and Music interchangeably. Perhaps there is truth in the Christian view that God created it all for our pleasure and enjoyment, and in that sense there would be a mind behind it all.
Take the case where a Man/Woman is in love. They have certain feelings that surface which accompanying their experience of unity. However, their feelings may change during a period of disagreement and they find themselves in a different place emotionally that day. One of them may choose to listen to the radio which plays a piece of music which brings a sense of forgiveness into the situation. Reconciliation follows directly as a result of the Music. You hear of this type of encounter all too often.
In 1830 Daniel Auber – La Muette de Portici (Opera-sparked the Belgian Revolution) as an example of the power of music on a gathering of people. Was it the message or the combination of music and message? Music here moved a nation into revolution.
Similarly in Art there are examples where the influence has moved nations as in the violent riots of the depiction of the prophet Muhammad-More recent times.
What is going on in these examples? The influence of both is monumental and can affect the direction of civilizations! The Arts have been a touchstone as in the depiction of Muhammad in the opera La Muette de Portici where the opera is loosely based on the historical uprising of Masaniello against Spanish rule in Naples in 1647.
Clearly the Arts act as a centerpiece or focus, engaging both the critical faculties of the mind and the creative/emotional responses of the brain. The two together seem to unite in an explosive mix that is able to have far reaching effects.
Recently scientific evidence has emerged where cows that are played classical music produce more milk and also students played classical music have higher marks during exams. It has also been found that some music lowers the blood pressure, some affects the frequency and amplitude of the brain waves measured by EEG, and some lowers breathing rate and affect the electrical resistance of the skin!
Combine some of these effects with an Opera that has political connotations or Art that informs the sub-conscious or haves some Psychosocial effect, and there can be enormous implications or results in the environment or the history of Man.
This is a short excursion into a whole area in which science is trying to unify with experience and that can be measured to some degree, but there are areas that science will not address as real that I believe that are just as real and measurable, being the whole areas of the supernatural and God in the unseen (other dimensions) realms.

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