It's All About eMotion

Posted by Jhan Dudley on

Pretty much everyone enjoys listening to music. Whether at home, in the car, or in a mall, music is a part of our lives, everywhere we go. Of course, music is an auditory medium. But it shares something in common with the 'visual' arts in one very important respect. The function of both is to create an emotional impact, one that doesn't rely on any verbal description. That's why the fine arts, whether music, painting, or sculpture, is considered to be a 'universal' language. Two people who can’t communicate with each other can both enjoy listening to the same music. And like any of the art forms, its impact may be completely different from one person to the next. It could be argued that the commonality of all the arts is 'emotion'.

Dance to the Music

Dancing is, of course, closely associated with music. Like music, dancing is, after all, all about motion and movement. Dancing is distinctly 'physical' in nature. But even painting, using of color and design, intends to 'move' the viewer. While sculpture can be seen as movement embodied in form. The impact of any art can be spiritual and perhaps even transcendental. The 'language of any art form relies on the medium. But ultimately, all art is concerned with emotional impact.

The Pleasure Is Yours

Whether listening to a favorite song, or contemplating a painting that has grabbed your attention, the experience is emotionally beneficial. In fact, studies have shown that it can increase the levels of dopamine and endorphins in your brain, and improve your emotional and psychological condition.

Whenever I paint, I always listen to music. Not only is it relaxing, but it helps me focus, and puts me in an introspective frame of mind. Art, whether music, dance, painting, or sculpture, is, after all, about (e)motion.

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