Why is history important in our everyday life? If you have studied history before it is an easy question to answer, if not there are a few reasons that it is very important. Have you heard in the saying that history tends to repeat itself?
The recent financial collapse of America is the prime example of history repeating itself. The collapse of the American economy is widely attributed to the de-regulation of the stock
market in the 1990’s. Regulation of markets allow for specific restraints on what people and businesses can do. One might come to the conclusion that this has happened before and that would be correct, in fact it happened many times throughout civilization. The most recent financial calamity happened due to the de-regulation of the markets, but the great depression that started in 1929 was far greater although that wasn’t caused by de-regulation it was caused by little to no regulation. The most recent collapse could have been avoided if there was more regulation of the stock market and the great depression could have been avoided if there was an understanding of what happened before that, there were many crashes throughout the history of the United States.
We’re not the only ones
Throughout the history of society there have been many civilizations that prospered then
collapsed. The Hittites were a society started around 1900 B.C. lasting for around three centuries and located in modern day Turkey and Syria. This is a prime example of the rise and collapse of a civilization but just because it collapsed doesn’t mean that we can’t learn anything from them. The society was a very strong force in the region at the time that conquered many other cultures. The decline of that society is attributed to many factors but the most apparent of this was disease brought upon them due to their conquest of Egypt. This is another example of the possibility of history repeating itself. We must look at the past in order to hopefully prevent future disasters that have happened previously. When will we learn from the past and apply it to the present for a better future?
What is music? The answer to this can be subjective as we are not all created the same and have different viewpoints in this life.
The best place to start is by understanding the definition, according to Merriam-Webster online the first full definition is “a : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity b : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony”.
A Little History
Now that we know the definition, lets discuss where it began. The Copernicus Science lonline dates the oldest known musical instruments was somewhere between 50,000 and 30,000 B.C. When musical instruments were made of rocks, wood, or even animal bones. One item that must be discussed is religion, because for many centuries music and religion were very much entwined. Under the rule of Constantine Christianity was declared the official religion of the Roman Empire and as a result music flourished. In the 17th century the renaissance was another period that brought many new avenues of musical integration and progress of which was that it was more harmonious, but there also was a progression of secular music. The next two centuries brought many composers and songs that we still listen to today; it was the period of the classical music of Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. This classical music period is also known as contemporary music when in comparison to the rest of history. The First World War brought a new form of music; jazz, which took America by storm in the roaring twenties and is still a popular genre. The electric guitar was introduced in 1936 which would bring many new forms of music most notably in the 1960’s with what most would call the “hippie” culture and produced many changes of which are still evident today. In the last part of the century came musical integration with computers that produced many new sounds of which could not be produced by humans and with advancements in technology come new ways of hearing music.
Now that we understand the definition and brief history we can tackle the original question. What is music? Music can be considered an expression of one’s self in the same way that a painting can give insight to a person’s thoughts and perspective. For me, music is life. There is no distinction between music and life, but this is only my opinion. Music changes everyday, and I am excited to see what the future holds! So… what does music mean to you?