Since the Tower of Babel came crashing down, man has had to live with the constant hurdle of different languages. Whether ancient or modern, languages have a way of separating countries and cultures. Even if people live in the same country, they can find it difficult to understand people who speak a different dialect. On the up side, different dialects can also make for humorous situations.
People who spoke the same or similar languages must have flocked together since they all understood each other well. Settlements were formed and grew to form larger communities and countries. As their civilisations matured and developed, they became more structured in their language, laws and religious beliefs. The structuring of language lead to the creation of music and, as people discovered just how music affected their hearts and souls, it was recognised as an actual form of art. Musicians began to diversify their music according to the needs of the listener, their mood or for a particular purpose. Slow music was used to convey a sense of loneliness while upbeat music was used for happy occasions like weddings.
It didn’t take man long to realise the importance of the institution of marriage and, as a result, weddings turned into huge events. The festivities meant that everyone was to get involved and local musicians were an important feature. Whether they played drums, flutes or other instruments, they were the first wedding bands.
As time passed, we became more advanced and sophisticated. Matrimonial laws and systems changed along with the times an wedding bands had to keep up with it all. Now playing more elaborate instruments and using their trained voices, the service they provided became more professional. Their music could now convey feelings and sentiments causing an emotional reaction in the listener.
This very same pattern of growth, expansion and sophistication can be seen in all cultures all over the world. While actual languages might be difficult to understand and learn, the language of music is universal. Cultural differences are easily forgotten and the message is easily conveyed.