“We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams,

Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams.

World-losers and world-forsakers, Upon whom the pale moon gleams;

Yet we are the movers and shakers, Of the world forever, it seems.”

― Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Music,the food of life? Ask 100 people what it means to them, and you will probably recieve 100 completely different replies, ranging from 'Nothing' to 'It's great''. Ask 100 musicians, songwriters, lyricists etc. what it means to them, and the range of replies will be somewhat narrower, 'It means everything'' being a common opinion.


For me, music has formed the backbone to my life. A constant soundtrack to the highs and lows, the people and places and all the memorable moments in my memory. It is proof of the existance of time travel, as, on hearing certain songs, I am transported back to a time and place with so much clarity, It's just like being there!

A Little Bit About Music

The creation of a basic rhythm, and the movement of the human body in time with that rhythm (dancing) has been around since the dawn of humanity. Images of humans carrying drum like objects and possibly dancing have been found in cave paintings.

Things have progressed a bit since then! Music has evolved and diversified in to an infinate number of forms.

It is all pervading, affecting every aspect of our lives, whether we like it or not. Film scores, TV and radio advertising, even whilst waiting to speak to someone on the telephone - there is no escaping music.


Religion played a major part in the development of music during the medievel period. Helped along by prominent church figures such as Pope Gregory, who formalised the choral music of the time and created the Gregorian Chant. The Renaissance saw musical compositions, and the musicians that played them, diversify and grow in complexity. Groups of musicians started to play together, which would lead to the first orchestras playing classical music.


Monteverdi changed the game by writing the first Opera, Orfeo, the first time a story was told through music using words. As we entered the Classical Era, Verdi, Puccini and Mozart, among many others developed the form, and created some of the most influential and sublime music ever written. It still seems unnimaginable to me, that in those early days, people would get to hear each piece of music maybe once in their life times!

In the early days of recorded music, Blues was a dominant force, carrying the message of hope against repression. Pioneers such as Robert Johnson (pictured) brought his angst and frustration to the masses, and in doing so, stepped in to legend. That his songs, recorded nearly 90 years ago are still being listened to by millions of people today, are testement to the power of well-written music.


What those first recordings achieved was to allow music to be recorded once, but to be heard by a limitless amount of people, and listened to as many times as they liked. It was the first steps on the road to 'Popular' or 'Pop' music.

As soon as people could listen to songs that told stories, they could empathise with the sentiment. Songs began to mean more to people than just pure entertainment.


People started to have 'Favourite' artists, and collect their records. Soon, artists gained many followers, and became superstars, sending their loyal fans in to hysteria!

Fans of different bands formed rivalries, much to the music publisher's delight. Buying your hero's records to drive them up the charts became an obsession.


Music was forming in to ever more 'genres', fueling wider and more deeply routed divisions in the fan base.


Sadly, this often led to actual violence and hatred, encouraging people to only listen to 'their type' of music. From personal experience, this made me miss out on so much fantastic music, music that I am only just descovering now!