Bob Tamasy: Music – Much More Than Memorable Melodies

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Have you considered how much influence music plays in our lives – including those not musically inclined? Even folks known for accomplishments far outside the realm of music have acknowledged its appeal. For instance, Albert Einstein (you might have heard of him) said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…I get most joy in my life out of my violin.”

Another Albert – physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer – stated, “Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter – to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.”

Frenchman and renowned writer Victor Hugo observed, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” I think we’ve all experienced music stirring our spirits in ways we couldn’t audibly express.

Music’s been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mom had been a dancer in her younger years, taught herself to play piano and organ, and we always had music in our house, whether on the radio or the stereo. Weekdays after school, we’d watch “American Bandstand” on TV, Dick Clark’s iconic showcase for the latest singers and bands.

Then music took an expanded role in my life after joining the percussion section of our high school’s championship marching band. I never became a great drummer, but enjoyed playing tenor drum, bass drum and cymbals. Being in the concert and dance bands as well gave me an enhanced appreciation for many kinds of music.

We can’t escape it: TV shows and theatrical films feature music in their productions, and commercials use clever jingles or vocal and instrumental music for emotional impact. Some of us are old enough to recall theme songs for programs such as “I Love Lucy,” “All in the Family,” “Lassie,” “Bonanza,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “M*A*S*H.”

Technology makes music instantly accessible via smartphone apps, headphones, satellite music stations, and digital format. However, music is as old as human history. I’m not sure what melodies Adam and Eve might have heard in Eden, other than the happy chirping of songbirds and wind playfully rustling through the trees, but we find references to music throughout the Bible.

We don’t have to read much past Adam and Eve’s eviction from Eden to find the first biblical reference to music. In Genesis 4:21 we read, “[Jabal’s] brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe.” Later in the Bible’s first book we find Laban, father of Rachel and Leah, admonishing Jacob, “Why did you flee secretly and trick me, and did not tell me, so that I might have sent you away with mirth and songs, with tambourine and lyre?” (Genesis 31:27).

Combining both instrumental and vocal music is emphasized in 2 Chronicles 5:13, “The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: ‘He is good; His love endures forever.’”

The remainder of the Scriptures are replete with musical references, especially the Psalms. King David frequently returned to the music theme, especially in terms of worship. He wrote, “I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my strength, I sing praise to You; You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God” (Psalm 59:16-17).

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Robert J. Tamasy is a veteran journalist, former newspaper editor and magazine editor. Bob has written, co-authored and edited more than 15 books. These include the newly published, ”Marketplace Ambassadors”; “Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace”; “Tufting Legacies,” “The Heart of Mentoring,” and “Pursuing Life With a Shepherd’s Heart.” A weekly business meditation he edits, “Monday Manna,” is translated into more than 20 languages and sent via email around the world by CBMC International. The address for his blog is His email address is

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