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MUSIC: Our Legends Of Yester Years

MUSIC has power. It can calm us, stir us, and lift our spirits. It can express both our joys and our sorrows. Common to virtually all cultures—past and present—music is a language of both the mind and the heart. Yes, music truly is a gift from God. From the time we were born, we likely heard some form of music. Perhaps our mother sang lullabies to help us fall asleep. During our teenage years, we may have developed a fondness for music that stirred our heart. Even as adults, many of us enjoy relaxing music while driving or at home at the end of a busy day.

The lyrics of a song may embody certain aspects of a country’s culture or history. Ghanaians commemorate a number of special occasions with song. Many music legends prepared a song that included history and heartfelt admonition for the people of Ghana. No doubt such songs were and are still good memory aids.

Perhaps you are thinking, ‘I’m not musically inclined.’ Well, reflect for a moment on your voice. Thanks to the versatility of this built-in instrument, nearly everyone can make music to some extent, with or without other instruments. All you have to do is open your mouth and sing. And when you do, never mind if your voice will not win you any cheers or prizes. Practice, and you should improve.

The voice is directly in contact with the seat from which our deepest emotions spring, and it is the most efficient instrument for expressing them. Singing is exciting and I would recommend that anyone who feels like expressing himself in song do so freely and spontaneously. Because music can have a powerful influence on the heart, we should be selective. Beautiful melodies, for instance, may sugarcoat ugly lyrics that make light of or even promote hatred, immorality, or violence—themes that no person of principle would find entertaining.

Among the reasons for the existence of music in virtually every culture is its ability to elicit and maintain human health and well-being. When we are singing, notes another reference, our entire body resounds and vibrates. In turn, gentle vibrations help tissues relax and dilate, which may help to reduce pain.

Accordingly, some therapists encourage patients suffering from stress to listen to soothing music, which can also improve one’s mood. Some hospitals even pipe music into intensive care units. Premature babies as well as surgery patients often respond well to pleasant music. Music may also reduce anxiety in pregnant women by promoting relaxation during labor and delivery. Dentists sometimes play soothing music to create a more relaxed atmosphere for tense patients.

But I still miss Ghana music legends of yester years. I've missed listening to a good highlife music, where you could actually hear the guitars, the pianos, the trumpets and the other instruments. I miss the likes of George Darko, Samuel Owusu, Ben Brako, Charles Amoah, Nana Ampadu, Dr Paa Bobo, Paapa Yankson, Pat Thomas, K K Kabobo. I can go on and on and on. Where are they now, why are we not enjoying the hard work they did?

Gone were the days when Ghana's own music were actually real music.

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