MUSIC AND IMPRISONMENT
Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche on whose viewpoint Germanic states embraced during their colonizing days said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” And indeed, music is everything about timing. One can have a good voice, one can be accompanied by the most technologically advanced sound system, one can have the best studio in town but without timing, proportion is thrown out, symmetry is forgotten and what remains would be plain noise.
The same can be said on life. Remove the element of timing, there is no melody produced. And when this happen, things go haywire. Biblical quotes on Ecclesiastes 3 summon us all that “to everyone there is a season.” Listen to this: “ There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to built; a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to scatter stone and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Music teaches us everything about life. And it is reflected on how it reminded the listener on the lessons of acting accordingly and it manifests everywhere. For those who suffered a miscue, it would be a rehash on repentance and of all places, even in lock ups; it would gain respect and reflection. If indeed a person has lost tract of his time, lost his timing in his act and as a consequence committed an infraction, he has forgotten patience, he has forgotten his sense of proportion then his only recourse is lamentation, a wish to rewind, a revisit for purposes of recovering what he has lost.
In prison, silence could only spell doom and torture. On the other hand, a blaring sound, could likewise promote the same disturbance to the spirit. Between the two stimulation, the latter makes a better a environment. Our mind, that which could feel and identify pain, whether psychological or physical, can easily be subdued when a tune is made. Try singing while in pain and pain would subside. Man is wired to a melody. And for that matter, all living things.
Music is largely a creative concern like applied arts. And those into music seldom get sick, seldom get bored, seldom experience any psychological depression. Medical findings reveal that those involved in creative arts have longer lifespan, better judgments, healthier predisposition and looking younger than their real age.
If at all there is a concrete proof in enjoining a program for total institutions like prisons, music or those predisposed in the pursuit of harmonious melody is the proper foundation to promote what value formation or social rehabilitation is all about.
Philippine Cancer Society executive director Dr. Rachael Rosario expressed “I believe in the healing power of music.” She further claimed that “it is interesting to note that scientists and physicians around the world are beginning to recognize the healing power of soothing sounds. A number of research studies have confirmed the benefits music has for patients suffering dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.”
Carmen Pedrosa in her daily column said, “There is even a book written by Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor, author of Sounds of Healing: A Physician Reveals the Therapeutic Power of Sound, Voice and Music.” The book says there is evidence that listening to comforting music increases brain waves associated with relaxation while decreasing heart rate and blood pressure. There is also evidence that listening to comforting music helps your body cope with stress and pain.”
Suffice it to say, when managing a total institution, it is music that makes it stable.