Music and Emotion


Music. It’s become something we play in the background today. We sort of half listen to what’s on our radios or phones and form strong opinions on what falls under good and bad music. Sounds a bit silly, right?

As a passionate musician I listen to a lot of music. For the last year or so hip-hop and David Bowie have taken over my library which was once over-run by rock/metal music. Now when I go back to rock/metal I’ve noticed a change in taste. I’ve changed as a person in the last two years and noticed what that’s done to my music taste. I prefer something a bit more calm most of the time, and this progression peaked my curiosity.

When we’re sad we play sad songs. We put on upbeat songs when we’re getting ready to go out to a party. Some people put smooth jazz on in the mornings to wake up, whereas others prefer something more a long the lines of Pantera to wake up during the day. Not only does our current emotional state jurisdict what we want to listen to, but the feeling of the song and the way we interpret it aswell.

One of my favorite songs is Farewell by Boris. That song means a lot to me. Back in the day I used to listen to that song when I felt sad, but as I matured I started to listen to that song to feel happy. Now, a lot of people will disagree and say it’s a emotionaly heavy song, and it is. That’s why it makes me so happy. I love the fact that a 3-piece band from Japan can make me feel such a strong emotional reaction with a 7-minute song. A so

This is the reason why we get so defensive about our musical tastes. Music, for many, talks to our soul and it has an effect on us. We get very emotional over various songs. Tears of joy and sorrow fall for the same song. Feelings of ecstasy and despair can fill us by listening to a 3 minute beat. That is beautiful.

Have you listened to a sad song when you were down, felt you could relate to the musician and then felt better when you were through listening to it? I’m sure you have and doing so is such a healthy response to dealing with sadness. If not, then try it sometime. Or just do whatever works for you!

What about a happy song when you’re overjoyed? Listening to a happy song keeps your motivation going and your endorphins high. A tight groove is the best pick me up I’d say.

Take the time to do as we did years a go. Sit down in front of a good pair of speakers, put an album on and just listen. Pay attention to the lyrics, melodies and beats coming out of the tweeters and woofer. Let the emotion come in and then say goodbye to it when the song is over.

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