From very young I was surrounded by music, my mother played the piano and sang, and we used to have family 'sing-songs' around the piano as a very aesthetic way to pass an evening. Singing impromtu harmonies was a favourite of mine, as I got bored singing the same song the same way, time after time! Thus my love of interwoven harmony took root at a very early age. At around seven years old I began taking piano lessons and learned the hard way how to make the black and white teeth of that monster, actually say something nice! A little further on in my teens I took to the 'cello, and fell in love with the vocal emanations of the beast.
In my early teens, having been scared stiff with the screaming electronic sounds of 'Dr Who and the Daleks', I became interested in the making of those un-earthly sounds, and discovered the talents of the BBC Electrophonic workshop. I even bought the album "In a covent garden",(Polydor 1973) which was the ne plus ultra of synthesised sounds of the epoch. Mystical, weird, amazing, astonishing, out-of-this-world sounds were being made possible now, and the limiting barriers imposed by acoustic sound creation were broken forever.The musicians imagination was free to create any sound imaginable, and thus was born a new era of sonic creation.
All of the above of course just gives you a glimpse into the sonic world in which I grew, to discover for myself the power of music. How a simple melody to take you from apathy to exhilaration, or from boredom to sadness and a passionate farewell, without a word being spoken. Thus I learnt the real power of music, on the spirit of man. There is something in the communicative ability of music, that surpasses the spoken word, a feeling of more to existence than just the frail human condition. And perhaps there is..; However, for the time being human it is and thus our choices of music might lead us to a spiritual refuge within ourselves, to give us the courage and energy to confront the harshness of reality, as a human life without any music is harsh indeed.
If one cares to look at the use of music though all races and cultures, one finds that music plays an important role in almost every society, primitive or sophisticated, and often used in the most powerful and important cermonies, or rituals. And attending a live Jean Michel Jarre concert is a spiritual experience isn't it?
If one feels emotionally 'stuck' in life, then a freedom from this 'stuckness' can be achieved in listening to an emotional piece of music, and that action alone can change your outlook on life, and enhance your survival. If one feels angry, then listening to an angry piece can allow you sense the anger and let it go, to return appeased, to the task of life. Or if one feels angry, then hearing some music that is calm and contented can also raise one's spirits.
And that after all, is a noble goal isn't it?