Last night I went to a friend's house for a social visit and he invited me to sing along with him.He has a complete set for making and listening to music in his home.(see the photo at my moblog).I declined politely and said thanks for the offer.I only can listen and have yet to appreciate the arts of music making and playing musical instruments. He is a few years older than me and he picked up music only a few years ago. Now, he can play guitar,piano and drum.Wow!
When I asked him why he took up music,he told me that engaging in music involves his body and soul-the mind,the vocal and the hands and legs must move in harmony.It is not just the physical activity but also an intellectual as well as the spiritual exercise for him. Then ,he went on to talk about music in sufism-which is beyond me.
Lately,I also took interest in music;not in making music or singing but just listening. After I re-learnt tajweed in details,I began to enjoy listening to the Qur'an. Now, it is "music" to my ears.Alhamdulillah.In my iPod, I have more than one thousand songs and the whole al-Qur'an recited by al-Ghamidi.The Qur'an took about 0.5 GB.
From my little experience in listening to music and Qur'an, we need the pre-requisite knowledge of the both in order to really appreciate the beauty. "Tak kenal,maka tak cinta".
Occasionally, I also took my wife to MPO at KLCC to listen the full orchestra music. I really love to listen to 'gamelan' music being played together with other musical instruments.