October 3, 2010
For as long as humans have walked the earth, music has been a crucial part of their culture, lifestyle, and collective memory. Music is a very special form of art that allows people to express their deepest emotions and, in some cases, even learn how to express those emotions. There are days when a million feelings get entrapped inside of us. We could be happy or sad, loving or hateful, excited or scared. We can look to music to touch us and help us express the turmoil we feel inside. While music can be a tool for manipulating emotion, the question arises, how does music succeed in evoking emotions within us? And why are these emotions so powerful?
Tobi Miy Bozhe is a song, written by my father, when he was enduring one of the most difficult moments of his life. The first time I heard this song, I was challenged to think of how to live and persevere in a world filled with so many hardships and so much suffering. This song forced me to question humanity’s ideals of a sitcom perfect world and imagine how to put on a “mask” to deal with the bad situations in life. What do we do to lift our spirits? How do we cope with painful moments? How do we face our mortality? Most of all, the song made me consider the actions we can take in this, frequently ignorant and uncaring, world to make the world a better place.
Most songs today, especially those based on religion, are songs of praise. These inspirational hymns are usually sung and played in the major key. The major key seems appropriate because these songs are intended to lift our emotions. Commonly, when listening to a happy tune, we automatically know that the song is in the major key. Usually sad songs are written in the minor key. My father’s song breaks this tradition. This inspirational song is played and sang entirely in the minor key. There is so much depth and creativity that the song is able to make a person pour out their heart....