Author Ravish Patwardhan on Aspects of Music
Ravish Patwardhan considers the power of music that transcends cultures in this discussion. From the higher-octave music of the East to the drums of many African nations (and their respective significance), music has been utilized as communication, entertainment, and even source of controversy between generations (and businesses). Many implications of music can be considered – as relaxant or stimulation, by type of instrument played, by medium used to communicate the music (CD or record or digital communication), as examples.
Given the broad ways in which music can be categorized, Ravish Patwardhan considers various options – with his amateur participation in band playing strings (violin), brass (trombone), and in the process of learning piano, his view is one of exploration to learn and educate himself in a methodical fashion. This quest includes consideration of each topic, in a way that considers historical basis of that specific music-related topic, the present condition, and the possibilities of the future as one may be able to predict.
Patwardhan believes that the “social significance of music” is another topic for consideration – from the “true meaning” of jazz with its blues, to the festive polka music, to the solemn national songs such as anthems, to war drums, music has the power of significant social themes.
The “business of music” is yet another category which Patwardhan considers – robust with the agents, record labels, and decisions about which songs to stream via which channel (and why to do so), as recent technological advances reduce marginal costs, music piracy vs. deliberate give-away decisions is garnering more attention.
Nonetheless, the importance of music, as an integral part of most of our lives – from proms to weddings to simply entertainment – is significant. Though often not thought about, composition of this music and the interesting related stories are also categories that Patwardhan considers important to the attendant discussion – with the nuances of Mozart’s youthful genius to Beethoven’s deafness, to the debates about piano evolution and the significance of “white vs. black keys.”
All things considered, Patwardhan offers the (probably agreed upon) disclaimer that not all music may be enjoyable to all ears – perhaps the sole requirement is that if one person finds a series of sounds enjoyable, that series Is “music to someone’s ears.”