Who doesn’t love music and creation?
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen comments pop up on social media about it. Seems like lots of writers and other creatives like to listen to music when they’re working. And I know, from personal experience, how hardworking people love to play music on the job. They say it helps ’em get it done. So, it just makes sense that music and creation go together like rocks and rolls.
But what is it about music that stimulates and enhances creation?
I’ve talked about it before. And if this is old news to you, skip on down. But music activates the four main systems in your brain. And they are…
- Auditory system or center: Naturally, you gotta be able to process sound
- Motor system or center: Where your brain processes rhythm
- Language system or center: The area of the brain where lyrics are processed
- Limbic system or center: Maybe the most complex area where emotions are processed
Think of each one of those systems as a switch that gets flipped on by music. Pretty cool, right? Yeah, a single note on a piano goes through your ears and flips on the auditory switch. Can’t really get going till that happens. Then, maybe a few more notes float into the ears, through the auditory system, and into the motor system. And suddenly you find yourself tapping your fingers or toes.
Then, the song really gets going when a singer adds some words and flips the language switch on. Communication kicks in. Ideas and messages are transmitted. And those can flip the limbic switch. Because there’s nothing quite like ideas and messages (aka opinions) to stir up emotions.
All that unseen action from some unseen sonic vibrations.
Hard to believe such beautiful complexity could all happen by accident. In fact, impossible for me to believe. Because I know the beginning of music and creation.
Give me songs to wake the brain waves
Through my often cluttered mind.
Give me sonic repercussions
No one else will ever find.
And a musical sensation
With connections to the source
Of all music and creation.
Yes, please give me that, of course.
© 2020 Tony Funderburk
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