Resolutions and new perspectives

A New Year is something that is celebrated in many countries. In these places the stroke of midnight brings about a large display of rainbow colours in the skies in the form of fireworks, preceded by performances of singers and other celebrities on stages in public events. Actually, if one were to be cynical, every two acts of so there is a countdown to remind us of how close we are to midnight, and the whole build up of new year’s eve seems to point to this moment where it erupts on the first second of new year’s day. Some may question the whole purpose of it all. After all, you don’t go to bed in the evening counting down the hours and minutes before you have to wake up, do you? Does the voice in your head tell you, “Only four hours and seventeen minutes before the alarm rings,” and does your body tremble with a mixture of anxiety and excitation at the thought of the period that the alarm is going to go off expectantly? Thought not.

One of the things people like to do in the new year is to make resolutions. And just why exactly do they do that? It is because the new year is a chance to ring in new changes, to introduce positive moments in one’s life. A new year resolution may be something physical, such as to drink less, or exercise more. In fact, gyms often report that memberships and attendance increase in the period of December and January, because month-long memberships are given away as Christmas presents, and in the new year many also decide that the new change is a good motivation to do something positive for the body!

A new year may be a good time to re-examine things and look at them from different perspectives. And who knows, maybe a different viewpoint may lead to a creative solution to an existing problem, or new ideas altogether! For example, in classical music, the Alberti bass and the piano evolved, as classical music evolved when composers tried new ways of writing and instrument production improved. (You can learn more about this from the Piano Teachers Crouch End.) Our popular music of today may have still consisted of polyphonic music of the Renaissance had composers not sought to introduce fresh perspectives. Maybe the new year was a good reason to do so for some of them!