Music is an anesthetic. ~Yusef Kumuyakaa
Music is an anesthetic and a stimulant. A calmer and an exciter. Music has the ability to amplify and attenuate a person’s mood. It swoons of love and drives people to a hateful nationalistic fervor rationalizing the invasion of sovereign nations. It unites a group while inciting to divide and conquer the ‘not them’.
Music is Yin to Yang and Yang to Yin. It can be as smooth as a lustrously polished pearl, as jagged as a fracturing, splintering volcanic peak. It can calm an anguished soul struggling to breathe in the vacuum of a dead lover and give strength to a person grappling with a climb out of the hell created by an intimate’s betrayal.
It is Yin and Yang, mostly the seam separating Yin from Yang while simultaneously connecting Yang to Yin. Music anchors us in the past while giving us wings enabling flight into the future. Music is magical.