Music is a deeply inspirational field of human enterprise, and it has been ever since the rise of civilization. As we’ve progressed and evolved, so have our music and instruments, and modern music is a wide and heavily varied phenomenon. There are plenty of divisions between music genres, and each one has a loyal following, adamant that their choice is the best one. Highly influential, as it’s always been, music was at the forefront of human social and political development in the 20th century as well. This is also the period when the new term of indie music, short for independent music, was born. It divided music fans once again, between those who were devoted to the “mainstream” music, and people who liked music produced by independent studios and artists. Money has always been a propagating force in any human endeavour, and indie music appealed to those who insisted music should be from the heart and for the heart. Indie music first came into existence in the post-war United States and Britain, with such labels as Sun Records, Stax, King Records (in the US) and Virgin Records (in the UK). Ever since then, independent artists have banded together and created their own labels, promoting their unique music tastes, with varying levels of success. Some go the route of becoming what they tried to escape from, and “selling out” to major labels. Other still hold fast and create album after album of under-appreciated and under-represented (or so they claim!) music for the people.
Meditation is a very popular relaxation exercise that allows you to concentrate and centre your thoughts. Meditation can be done in many different ways, but meditation with music is very calming and makes it easier to concentrate. However, you can not use just any music for meditation. Meditation music is usually instrumental or inspirational and stimulates brain activity on the right side. The right side of your brain is controlled by rational thoughts that are ideal for meditation. Meditation normally requires silence, but meditation with music requires an even quieter environment, free from distractions. This means that you must turn off your phone and disconnect yourself from the outside world. Meditation music will give you vibrations to focus on and enable you to concentrate on your breathing, but you must limit all distractions when you meditate with music. Meditation is used to relax the body and mind, so you have to try to relax in your muscles, and free your mind from all the worries. When listening to meditation music, you can try diaphragmatic breathing exercises in line with the rhythm. This will keep you relaxed and ensure you are properly centred. Meditation music can make the focus stronger, allowing you to concentrate more intensively. The vibrations help you breathe and entertain you throughout your meditation session. Without normal music, time will seem to pass slower, but with meditation music, your session will fly by. When the meditation music ends, do not jump back into your stressful day. Instead, you should hold on for a few minutes and slowly get back your energy. Do some soft stretching exercises to wake up your body and get ready for the day you have before you. You will feel rejuvenated and thoroughly calmed by the melodious sounds of meditation music.