Music Therapy in the Realm of
The existence of music as an emotional form of self-expression may not be incidental to human function. Given the brain's efficiency in condensing superfluous information toward a more economic use of incoming information, it would seem highly unlikely that music would exist only for the sheer [pleasure principle], as some prominent authors would have us believe. (Is sitting for two hours on a hard chair in a concert hall [pleasure]? Why do we do this?)
More than likely, music, as part and parcel of human behavior, exists precisely for the purpose of emotional expression, and to assist in the adaptation process of human beings to their surroundings. In short, our brains conceived music because we need it to redirect tensions, to organize behavior and to express emotion.
No other experience is able to duplicate the abstraction of emotion in quite the same way as music. Would the human brain have created something totally irrelevant to its existence and survival? In fact, one theory my colleagues and I have contemplated is that the human brain, since it likes to compress information in short forms, might actually have taken extended prosodic (melodic) incantations (music of a sort) and contracted these sounds into what evolved into [verbalization], i.e. speech and language. We know, of course, that music immediately describes an emotion that it would take several verbal sentences to illuminate.
Music does not, it has been stated, particularly require neo-cortex processing. Language absolutely does. Music proceeds directly through the limbic system (amygdala, thalamus, hypothalamus, hippocampus, cerebel-