Gary Fok



A Broader View On Music
Gary Fok (Extracted from "CASHFLOW" May 2007 Issue)

“Music” has commonly been associated with the ability to perform on musical instruments and achieving set standards certified by renowned music colleges. Will there still be music if we are lying on the grass in the countryside or floating in a yacht on the sea? Can someone sing well or play sentimental music with instruments if they do not follow a rigid music syllabus? The answer of course is a resounding Yes! It would be very disappointing if our answers were in the negative.

Although a person can acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in classical music from traditional music training, it does not necessarily follow that they can play music with emotion. Nor does it mean that they can easily apply the theories and skills gained on various occasions. It fact, some candidates may pass music examinations by just meeting the requirements of the syllabus set by the music colleges, but they may not be able to handle other forms of music. Also, it would be regrettable if they were unable to perform or interpret music without a music transcript in hand.

What is the meaning of “music”? A simple definition of it would be “all harmonic melodies”. Harmonic refers to the feelings of peace and comfort while melodies refer to a series of musical notes with rhythm. Feelings are inborn, personal and subject to change in different situations. Everyone has their own feelings and therefore a wide range of music is generated. One person may enjoy classical music while another may consider it boring, preferring jazz. One person may like “underground music” while another prefers light music.

Where does music come from naturally? The sounds of nature, such as the sighing breeze, the rippling of waves, the pitter-patter of raindrops and the songs from birds give us peaceful and natural voices whilst our own music expresses our emotions and conveys messages. Whistling or humming songs are unsophisticated but happy forms of human music.

The word “MUSIC” may further be broken down into five elements –

M for melodies with rhythms,

U for universal language,

S for senses (feelings),

I for interaction,

C for communication.

So music is a universal language with melodies and rhythms helping to express our feelings. Music is a medium for interaction and communication between many living animals, it is not just for humans. It comes from nature and from our heart. To create music, special forms of expression or music qualifications are not needed.

Music is inherent in our life and belongs to everyone irrespective of age or how much formal music knowledge we have obtained.

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