A long time ago, someone once said that “music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” and though no one can remember who that person was — and no truer statement could have been made.
Music is that universal language that can unite nations if only for a moment, and it is the one constant in the universe. We thought as much when NASA launched the twin Voyager spacecrafts out into space with each carrying a copy of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B Goode,” in the hope that if they happened upon an alien civilization, the aliens would attempt to contact us if for nothing more than to ask us to send more Chuck Berry’s music.
How music ever began is anyone’s guess, and for all we know, it could have began with early Neanderthals beating on a bunch of rocks with a stick and throwing in a couple of grunts and hand claps. That probably led to the formation of drums, and then maybe someone took a hollow piece of wood and blew through it and made the early flute. Those early sounds may have been a little unorganized but at that time there was no blueprint for what we now know as modern music. Over the centuries, music has progressed, and with the refinements of early instruments, and the invention of new ones, music has become something that we all enjoy.
It has also led to different genres for different groups, and what was popular in the 1920s gave way to the ’30s, and that gave way to the ’40s and so on. And now, there is a vast collection of music and it seems each generation enjoys what they grew up with. Today, there is an overlap of listening choices because there are those who are still alive that enjoyed the rock and roll of the 50’s, and are now listening to today’s sounds, and while it may or may not be what they like, they know things change. It is a bitter truth that as each generation dies off, so does the popularity of their music, and it is only kept alive by those who value all music and are dedicated to preserving the ancient sounds.
And who knows what the future will bring us next, but at this day and age with the sounds of “hip-hop” and “alternative” music blaring out of gigantic speakers, one would hope that we are at the extreme point in the progression of the music genre. But somehow, I don’t think so.