Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“What exactly IS music?”)

In technical terms music is defined as “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.” The key phrase here is “beauty of form.” As we all know, true beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder, so therefore the true beauty in music is solely up to the interpreter. For instance, someone may love the new song by Taylor Swift, while others may not appreciate it as much. That would explain the uniqueness in the acceptance of some music. To me, music is just about anything that is pleasing to the ear with some form of rhythmic arrangement to it. To some, the sound of a chainsaw to a good drum beat could be considered music. Why is it that so many people have different tastes in music? That could probably be explained by who we are and what our experiences  have been. If you were raised in an urban environment with a mostly rap culture your chances of liking orchestral of classical music would be somewhat diminished (even though it could happen). If your family raised you in a country environment most of your life you would tend to gravitate towards country music. There are also people who love music that promotes lyrics that relate to what they feel. Marvin Gaye spoke for a “LOT” of people when he wrote his hit song “Let’s get it on.” The message there is pretty much straight forward and people loved it whenever Marvin spoke for them. I have learned that one man’s music can be another man’s misery. Your music reflects you, your values, your beliefs and your customs. Kenny Gamble, who produced a lot of hits for major artists at Philly International Records, always believed in the concept of there being a “message in the music.” He wanted people to groove to the sounds but he also wanted them to check out the words in the songs. He made sure that his artists pronounced all syllables correctly so that people could hear what the lyrics were conveying. The joy of music is that no matter how you define it your tastes in it are all that matters. Only you know what you like, and while others may not appreciate your taste in music it won’t matter as long as it makes you happy. I will listen to just about anything. For me, music has to have some degree of artistry to it and flavor. As long as it has a creative side to it I will gladly check it out. Whether you realize it or not, music is also power. Many people have been affected by lyrics in songs and advertisers have long used music to motivate behavior. Live the life you love and listen to the music that best describes what you feel. That is what music is all about… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Music producer Kenny Gamble (in center with glasses) and Brett Jolly off to the right

Kenny Gamble and Brett Jolly


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