First day. Our teacher -a thirty-something-years-old man, tall but discrete, with an impressively stunning look- enters in the room and questions aloud using his clear and confident voice: 'What is music?'. Blank. 'What is music for you?'. Still. He got us all. How, in a real and plausible world, were we supposed to answer to such a big mystery?
- A multi-billions dollars industry controlling a huge amount of our entertainment spendings and manipulating our tastes and minds. - ha! Ha!Ha!Ha! Businessman on action. He tried to hide his chuckling, 'that's not the point'. Would he give us an actual answer now? We were suddenly lead to a great debate about music, how it grows with us, with the culture, with the people; what it is and what it means. We all reflected about it. And that was just an introduction.
No one can really tell when, where or how the first music was created. Instead, it naturally appeared and developed with us. Earlier civilizations as Mesopotamia and Greece already had it. And then there were minstreals, troubadours and goliards on Middle Ages uniting beat and poetry. Later they sang madrigals, next masses. And symphonies and operas appeared. Orchestras and freedom came along, too. Patriotism. Posterior there were the slaves singing in cotton fields. Bands, pop and revolution. Those are some of the many things I soaked up. In one year we were able to learn and understand how this art had his important paper on history and on all of our lives. I didn't know that Hitler played Wagner's music to motive himself towards war, although he did actually never met the composer. Or neither that music writers were hired and payed to write what the royal wealthy class wanted and not what they desired in a regimen known as the Patronatge System. It was genuinely interesting to learn it all. I couldn't fascinatingly stop studying it.
Sometimes all it takes it's to give an opportunity and that's what I did with history. And music. All together. Combined. Cool.
To celebrate music and its beauty, we created a playlist in Spotify. It's inside theflashwindow profile in a playlist called 'Music is History'. It is a journey through our favorite melodies of all times.