By music we mean “the sacred, mysterious profound language of tones. According to Plato and Aristotle, music, in its tones and rhythms, imitates the dispositions and passions of the soul. As Aristotle observes in the Politics, melodies and rhythms are likenesses of the true natures of anger and gentleness, courage and moderation. Music reminds us that there is something out there in the world that knows our hearts and may even teach us to know them better. Thanks to music, we experience what it means to be connected to the whole of all things, even when that whole seems tragic. Music teaches us what it means to have a soul and not just a mind; to have depth and not mere righteousness. Above all, what it means to be open to ourselves and our world through listening.
Music as the language of tones captures the true emotion of an individual. It is an expression through the medium of composers, who are the high priests. The reason is that music, in negating the world, contain the world from the perspective of its deepest interior and removes its immortal heart. Every musical instrument is both a world unto itself and an image of the world. Drum (Igba) is my favourite musical instrument. Drum sound is both organic and inorganic. In the music tone the world is not in what we see, but in what we hear. Sound from drum bass mirrors organic and inorganic nature. Each note of these bass functions as the fundamental. These tones binds lower bass and higher melody. They mirror the way life mediate between the organic realm and higher human nature.