To me, music is the most powerful of all arts. It has the ability to alter our moods, lift our spirits and even make us feel as though we have travelled back in time. Certain songs have the capacity to remind us of particular moments in our lives and these memories may want to make us smile or even forget. I’m sure we can all think of that one song that when we hear it, triggers an emotional response.
Music can also take our feelings away, or at least be replaced by another. Listening to music when I’m anxious has especially worked out well for me, I let the words, rhythm or beat transport me to my own private world where I leave my worries behind. The music helps to disconnect from what was bothering me and gives me an opportunity to focus my attention elsewhere.
I like to listen to music with my earphones in. I could be cleaning the house, doing a floor workout or even getting dressed and by doing so, gives a bit more life (and me time) to the everyday things I do. Music can jolly up two minutes here or thirty minutes there and it is something I find really rewarding for my wellbeing.
I often wonder what songs people are listening to when they are out and about. I’ve seen so many people with earphones in lately and the inquisitive part of me wants to tap them on the shoulder and ask what it is they are listening to. From the mamas pushing their babies to the streams of joggers with earphones- what are they listening to and why?
Chances are even if I did act on my nosy side and ask I probably wouldn’t be able to resonate with their answers because music is such a personal encounter and what means a lot to one person doesn’t necessarily mean the same to another. Like I said, it may not even be the song but the emotions the song evokes. It may be dependent upon a person’s mood or what they are doing as to why they listen but one thing for sure is that we can all benefit from music.
As Billy Joel once said, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
So go listen.