Is there anything more beautiful to the ears than voices raised in harmony? When music is done well, it can raise our spirits and hope quotient like nothing else. But harmony doesn’t come easily. It takes lots of practice.
I believe there are four principles that relate to musical harmony and life in general.
1. We have to find our own voice.
Often the easiest part to learn is your own. It takes work but your range and vocal dynamics begin to emerge as a soloist.
It is the addition of a other voices where we begin to experience difficulty.
FInding the right blend and balance between the voices is exponentially harder as other voices are added to the mix.
It takes effort to sing with others. For example, consider a duet.
2. We have to listen to ourselves and someone else at the same time.
It goes against our basic nature to focus on others more than ourselves.
But a sucessful duet will not happen without both parties listening intently to the other.
But harmony becomes even harder when a third voice is added.
Everyone has to breathe in the right places and use the same phrasing.
One voice cannot overpower the others or the harmony is lost.
And if someone sings off key everyone is affected.
3. We have to blend and find space for others to be heard also.
It takes work to find the blend and balance in a trio. But it is a beautiful thing to listen to.
But it is the addition of the fourth voice that is really interesting. Often this fourth voice will bring a sound of conflict that makes your ear yearn for resolution in a chord.
4. We have to understand there is a place for conflict or dissonance that leads to resolution.
These musical principles of harmony can be used in personal relationships, marriage, and in business.
1. We have to find our own voice. Our opinions do matter. We need to be heard also.
2. We have to listen to ourselves and someone else at the same time. Listening is hard work. It takes practice. But in listening to others you earn the right to be heard.
3. We have to blend and find space for others to be heard also. What a beautiful opportunity we have to interact with God’s creation mankind.
4. We have to understand there is a place for conflict or dissonance that leads to resolution. We have to learn to disagree civilly and work toward a common good.