Imagination Music – What’s so special?

Music has long been known to have a special effect on people. You’ve heard about “Music for Meditation”, “Music for Healing”, or “Music for Concentration”, etc. For instance, there are special musical pieces that are now played in major hospitals around the world that many people claim to help in healing and recovery. While practicing meditation, Yoga gurus recommend a special type of music that helps relaxation and inner peace. Music has been used throughout the ages in religious worship, because of its power to focus feelings and emotions on certain subjects. It is even claimed that Jamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt’s late ruler, decreed that ‘tarab’ music be composed for Umm Kultum (one of the Arab world’s main diva signers), because that type of music had such a mesmerizing effect on the masses, hoping this will divert their attention from the turbulent political issues of that day. Not to mention the positive effect that music has on newborn babies. Scientific research has well documented the positive effect of Mozart’s music on young babies’ mental development. 

On the other side, you also have dark music that is sometimes associated with drugs, occult worship, etc and this can also have an equally destructive power on the mind.

One therefore wonders what’s the secret behind music’s powerful effects? The answer in my opinion is simply this: music is the best brain catalyst able to simulate the creation of an inner imaginary world for the purpose of improving the harsh reality we live in. In all of the above applications, whether it is used for healing, or meditation, etc,  positive music is always assisting the imaginative brain in simulating a positive world, a beautiful scene, or good feeling or mood, that nicely dresses up, and sometimes overrides, the existing harsh world we live in. The resulting yearning for a better world or life helps to drive our being into where we would like to be.
No one sees the world as it really is, for we all see it through the eyeglasses of our minds. Some of us have highly visual minds, some are more analytical, some are very sentimental.  Positive music plays such an important role in shaping up our minds (babies even more so) and enhancing its visual, analytical, and emotional capabilities, so that it can ‘see’ the world in a more pleasant way.

That is why positive and visual music plays an important role in enhancing the imagination. And that’s the main reason for my project and the new album “Figment of your Imagination” that I am about to release ( After all, when you really think of it, the world is nothing but a figment of your imagination.

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Jean Paul Zoghbi Music on ReverbNation


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The Sonorous Image inside your mind

Music is known to be associated with mental imagery and visual experiences. When you listen to classical music, for instance, you can imagine a certain scene or a mood. Certain musical passages evoke certain feelings and emotions. I get a lot of this kind of feedback on the music I compose from many fans, such as ‘Here at Last’ “…feels like it’s Christmas and snow is everywhere”, or ‘Chloe’s Ballet’ “…is like I am skating in central square with a bag of presents on my back”, or “Until We meet Again’ “…feels like 2 lovers bidding a sad farewell”, etc..

Some listeners have a great imaginative mind and experience this visual association more than others. It takes practice, but the rewards are stunning.

Just close your eyes, listen to the music, explore the first thing you see, and let that sonorous image develop. Let the music guide you into that secret inner world. What you are exploring is actually nothing but yourself. Soon you will come closer to answer that eternal mystery question: “Who You Are?”

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Why do you listen to music?

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Inspiration – Where does it come from?

As I grew up, I always thought inspiration, whether in music or literature, always came from above, like something divine was involved.

Now that I compose music more regularly, I have a slightly different view on that. I now tend to think it comes from within, like the cumulative product of all subconscious experiences, engrained in our brain by countless life events. These get impacted by current external events, moods, etc and the combined outcome is the “Inspiration” we use for creativity. In a way, we are basically creativity factories, continuously recycling and churning out new ideas from the exiting baggage of building blocks we carry through our life.

Perhaps, I am being too philosophical here. It would be interesting to hear what everyone else thinks.

Wherever it comes from, I am having tons of inspiration right now and in a great mood to compose while the creative juices are flowing!

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My new Album ‘Figments of Your Imagination” to be released May 2010


After much work, I am about to finally release my new classical album “Figments of your Imagination”, composed for full orchestral specifically to paint visual and aural landscapes and impart uplifting feelings. Click on the link for a preview!

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