Last week an unknown cellist looked fear directly in the eye but continued to play, unfazed by his surroundings. Perched in the centre of tanks, heavily armed soldiers and an apparent imminent terror threat, a solo cellist brought a calm to the unfolding drama with the peaceful tones of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The cello has a resonating mellow characteristic, resembling the soothing tones of a male voice. It has a solid, serious tone and provided comfort in a frightening situation.
This was the second time the famous track has been played in the wake of the Paris disasters. A spontaneous guitarist encouraged crowds of people to join in a heartfelt rendition in central Paris. The soothing power of music has long been recognised, it has a unique way of tapping into our emotions. Music has the ability to lower the heart rate and blood pressure, decreasing stress levels in even some of the most difficult times.