Soulful Connection & World Music Day

Celebrating World Music Day

Celebrating World Music Day

Last friday was Fête de la Musique – World Music Day, a term that originated in France (1982) on the belief that “Music Can Change the World.” Though the french might have introduced us to this day, how can we at Sparklin  take a backseat when it comes to W.M.D. (not weapons of mass destruction). Music connects us to our soul and anyone vaguely involved with design and creativity will vouch for it. SO, we spent the day listening to music as usual and sharing quotes that inspire us at our facebook page; every hour and it went on till the wee hours of morning, capped with a lil video shared on instagram and a party post office hours.

We felt obligated to share what music means to us, because it is more than just beats for us. For instance if one were to walk into our office – (until a few days ago) the song “Tum hi ho” from the movie Aashiqui 2 will be heard at least once every hour, until it got judiciously banned. Don’t judge us for that, we have had in-house DJ’s belting out unique medley of songs ranging from Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Brown, A.R. Rahman, Maroon 5, Dubstep to Eminem.

Whatever our leanings may be, a certain genre to a particular artist. If we delve in a little deeper, each one of us has unique tastes and unique reasons for being attached to a particular song or artist(s), we like it because deep down in our subconscious it tugs an emotional chord, a psychological connect with how we are feeling at that very moment. And I believe it hold true for each one of us, which brings me to the most interesting factoid when it comes to music, why is a  majority of songs that are composed and written ‘about heartbreaks’. “What came first, the music or the misery?” as Rob Gordon (John Cusack) asks in the movie “High Fidelity.”

Doesn’t it  make you wonder – people worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that the culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Do we listen to pop music because we are miserable? Do we listen to hard rock or heavy metal because we are inherently violent? The questions can be carried to almost every genre of music and often leads to the most asked about question “Am I miserable because I listened to pop music?” (no offence to all the pop music lovers out there).

“High Fidelity,” is one such movie presenting an interesting but perhaps a bit extreme example of the power of music.  And it made me think, music besides being my best buddy in times of heartaches and tears does a have a profound effect. Listening to music relaxes us, eases pain and discomfort, helps us sleep even lower blood pressure. Haven’t you ever wondered why?

Some studies provide evidence that listening to classical music does indeed have beneficial health effects, maybe the emotional component may be an endorphin-mediated effect but there has to be more. A Hungarian team found out, listening to 45 minutes of classical music before bedtime helped students from 19 to 28, who had problems falling asleep sleep better. Is this because active listening to music evokes such raw positive emotions, likely in part due to the release of endorphins. But beyond that  physiological reaction, the type of music is suggested to be a major factor too.

We don’t understand why somebody may be drawn to certain type of music, but studies all over the world has proven that music is indeed good for you. The positive effects of music are many, depending on what rocks your boat.. at ground zero, for most of us here at Sparklin it peps us up into doing more creative work, be goofy and come up with the craziest and the most groundbreaking ideas.

MUSIC IS OUR SHOT OF ADRENALINE, a cause of joy, a common thread that connects everyone in the cozy workplace of ours and also often used to jolt awake the ones who has fallen into a stupor, silence isn’t really our thing. Lastly, to us “Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue” quoting Plato.

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