Did you know that infants recognize music? Not only do they recognize it, but they can become attached to it, even specific songs or styles of music. They “dance” to it. Many are captivated by an opportunity to punch a few keys on a piano. Are they just enthralled by noise? Are they simply responding to auditory stimuli?
Even unborn babies hear music. Some expectant mothers say that they feel kicks when music plays, or even when particular songs play. Some researchers have claimed that playing Mozart or Beethoven for your unborn baby can increase brain development. Are unborn babies merely responding to harmonically correspondent sound waves?
Isn’t it simply amazing that music can match our emotions and create moods? Are we taught to resond to music in certain ways? Then, how is it that every person in the world knows that a minor chord is supposed to be sad and a major chord is happy even if they don’t have a clue what minor and major mean? How come suspended chords produce suspense? Why do children respond appropriately to the conveyed emotions of music?
As that movie plays there is music in the background. It goes largely unnoticed, but is sorely missed if absent. It tells us to be in suspense, to be crying, to be happy, perky, remorseful, and romantic. How can music communicate so well?
How come we can instantly recognize when the words of a song don’t match the music? When the words are peppy but the music is slow, something feels wrong. If music doesn’t communicate independent of words, then how can this be?
Why do we so connect with music that we can reject every happy song if we are gloomy, and every sad song if we are happy? Why does music produce such intense longings and excitement? And why do we even consider some music to be inappropriate?
I want someone to explain to me how music can connect with us on so many levels in so many ways if all it amounts to are frequencies, waves, pitch, volume, and tempo. How can a physical phenomenon without words or facial expressions or body language be a form of communication?
If God did not create music and us, then how can these things be?