I have personally found myself in the position of having to choose between several music playlists I have created on my phone's music app. Why? Well I can tell you that it all boils down to my mood. I am a lover of good music and that is why I don't stick to one particular genre of music. The playlists were as a result of my mood; I may want it calm, slow and steady and in the next moment fast-paced and by the next one upbeat.
Yes, this is me, but I won't be surprised if I find some other persons who can relate with this too.
Music is really out of this world when we think of the immense benefits it gives to us. Especially if it passes across the right messages.
Whenever we think or explore the capabilities of music; how it can inspire, motivate, educate, inform, mould and shape or nurture a mind or paint for it different perspectives to life, we may end up agreeing that it is no doubt, a food for the soul.
Studies and even many of us can testify with personal experiences that for some of us, sad music can cause negative feelings.
What you listen to whenever you are in a bad mood matters a lot. For some people, they prefer to listen to songs with content of anger, pain, depression or anguish. At this point in time, however, what you need are uplifting songs. That may end up inspiring or motivating you on the next decisions to make or actions to take.
Here is what popular English artiste and songwriter, Ed Sheeran, has to say about his experience with music: "I think any time I’ve ever got down or ever felt low the one thing that picks me up from that is writing a song about it. At least you’ve got a positive experience out of a bad experience."
When next you listen to an artiste's song, you may be compelled to think of the message he or she is trying to pass across or what stands as his state of mind as at the time of writing such song.
Renowned late Raggae legend, Bob Marley once said: "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."
The famous quote of British singer and songwriter, John Elton reads: "Music to some individuals also makes them feel invincible, stronger or suddenly feel like different individuals for a particular moment or period of time". He might have been speaking from a point of experience.
Music for Good Mood
Some kind of music can really uplift you when you listen to them. They fill you with some measure of euphoria. Well besides the beats streaming into your ears, the lyrics too.
According to the World Health Organisation, depression affects more than 350 million people globally, of all ages. Musicians as prominent as Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen have spoken publicly about mental-health issues such as depression and anxiety, and all can attest to the power of music to help with such problems.
The Urge to Focus
I have found myself listening to works of classical composers such as Beethoven or Antonio Vilvadi before a paper presentation on a Monday morning or before reading.
This is because I needed to focus and I have come to learn that classical music has great brilliant motives behind them. There are some I have listened to while jogging or before a school match to ginger my spirit. Some to calm my nerves when I am alone. Others are good for reflecting, and some are just disturbing to my ears and so you won't find me listening to them.
Some students also believe seriously in listening to music while reading or studying. For those who don't, they are often asking the question of how their counterparts manage to concentrate on what they read while listening to other voices.
The Need to Unwind
This largely depends on what your choice is, but I categorize these kinds of music as those that can be danced to.
It can also be the kind of music that can just distract you from your daily worries or tensions of the moment. Hence, a positive reason why some people go clubbing occasionally. Or what do you think?
Music works with Time
Have you ever had cause to recall dates when a particular album or track was released easily due to one occurrence or memory? It could be what you danced to at a birthday party or how it was a common ringtone or that track an ex of yours love miming and it could even be when somebody close died.
So making good music is important. They transcend time. When it is good music, it ends up evergreen and so useful whenever need arises for it.
This to an extent proves how music can make us race down memory lane. The late, great singer Aretha Franklin said: "Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can put you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening". Do you agree with her?
Knowing that certain kinds of music can help you is one thing; being mindful in choosing what kind of music to listen to is another. Choose the music you consume as carefully as you choose your food and friends.
What is your own opinion of music? Do you share similar idea(s) concerning music and mood? Feel free to discuss by dropping your comments
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