Music and Emotion

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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.

Thank You

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Have you ever woke up and the first thing you said was, “Thank you”? I ask people this question and usually I get a “No.” or “Well, I don’t really know, haven’t thought about it”. I’m not sure what your answer is, but mine is that I have done so and try to remember to do so every morning.

Thank you has replaced “I’m sorry” in my vocabulary. I saw a post on the internet some time ago, on 9gag if I recall correctly, describing how nobody wants to hear I’m sorry all the time. An example from said comic was, “Instead of saying I’m sorry for being such a drag. Say thank you for spending time to me”. Take anything negative and turn it into something positive. Showing gratitude to people will put smiles on their faces and in return you will be paid in happiness. Everyone enjoys gratitude. That present you gave to a friend. He was grateful and expressed his gratitude. You got a shot of those endorphins that we love so much and felt great. You put out some positive energy and got paid in it.

Saying thank you is so important for us mentally and spiritually. Being thankful for whatever reason is a great way to start your pursuit of happiness. Even if it isn’t expressed in the presence of others. I wrote in my last blog post that I was thankful for the sun, and I truly am. We have so much to be thankful for even if we can’t touch what we have. We have people’s smiles, air to breathe, life to live and songs to sing. Everything we experience is something we can be thankful for and the more thankful you are the happier you will be. I guarantee it.

If we go back to the first paragraph we can now see the value of starting the day off with gratitude. Saying thank you when you wake up is a great way to send out good vibes and start the day off right. Being grateful that you woke up to experience another day kickstarts the system and prepares you for the day to come. Any hardships that you may encounter through the day suddenly seem so much easier to deal with, and in a world where stress is becoming a real problem; any help is appreciated.

So do me a favor. Try saying thank you when you wake up tomorrow. Try to make it a part of your morning ritual. It can be hard at first, but I know you can do it. Make a concious effort to draw in positivity so you can spread it out to others. It’s just like the hydrogical cycle.

Water is in ground.

Water evaporates.

Water becomes cloud.

Cloud starts to rain water back down on to the ground, and then the cycle repeats itself. See, even rainy days are something to be thankful for.

Sunrise

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In Iceland we don’t really get any sun during the winter months. Some people think that’s dreadful and others aren’t too bothered by it. When I lived in the Bahamas there was no shortage of sun so you’d think I’d be affected by the sunless winters. Truth be told it does have some effect on me, but I don’t get any sort of seasonal depression.

It does make me curious though. Going for such a long time without the sun, when you think about it, is tough in many aspects of life. Just think about what the sun does for us. Without it we have no food, no water, no summer hikes or picnics and the absolute worst, no natural Vitamin D or sunburn! Our beautiful sun has been taken away from us and the only thing we can do is to go somewhere else on the planet to sneak a peak of it or wait until late January or early February for it’s return.

Here’s the thing though. I was used to having the sun all year around way back when and I took it for granted. I notice that during the winter months I’m more drowsy and tend to keep at home where it’s warm and cozy with enough artificial light to keep my day bright. Sure, I practice more on my instruments and go more often to the gym, but I do tend to miss the summer weather. Not so much as to have a bad effect on my mood, but enough to look forward to the spring months. This lack of sunlight has made me appreciate not only the sun a lot more, but nature as well and what it does for the community. We have sun pancakes to celebrate it’s return and during the summer; the towns are filled with life and people are smiling and happy. People start eating healthier and feeling healthier when the sun comes back and that makes me happy. I think we should take a moment to appreciate something that we use daily without giving too much notice too. Thank you Sun, for giving us enjoyment, life and beautiful summer tans.

Positive Energy

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A friend of mind called me the other day. I really enjoy talking to him because he has such a good vibe about him. What he has to say is always interesting. You can always learn something about life when you talk to him and during our last phone conversation we broached the topic of positive energy.

Now we didn’t hang on said topic for too long, but it got me thinking. During the conversation he told me how he had been talking to a friend of his who had been talking about a friend of said friend (are we on the same page here?). Now during said conversation there was a misunderstanding and my friend thought, if I remember correctly, that his friend was talking about my friend’s friend, but he was actually talking about his own friend. Jeeze, I’m even getting confused whilst writing about this. Either way there was a whole funny misunderstanding about it and my friend managed to make said friend burst into laughter. As he was telling me this story I started to laugh. He then told me that making me and his friend laugh was a great thing not only for us, but for him aswell. Why? He was spreading positive energy and therefore putting out good vibes into the world. Doing so doesn’t only fill us with positive energy it also filled him with positive energy.

That got me thinking. Spreading out positive energy not only for the benefit of others, but for yourself aswell. Think about it. Making people smile and laugh, personally, fills me with joy. I love to see people smile and get a lot out of it. Have you ever told a joke, made a fool of yourself or even smiled to another person and their reaction was a smile or laughter? I’m sure it made you feel great. Shouldn’t we all try to strive to atleast make one person smile a day just for the benefit of our own mental health?

Now I’m not saying that you should become a stand-up comedian and try and force a smile on someone, but making a concious effort to spread out positive energy in any way possible; even if no one is around to witness the act is a beautiful thing that anyone can accomplish once a day. Even if you managed to laugh at your own joke you’re still spreading out the good vibes, and with that I wish you a happy day!

Here’s a song that always manages to put a smile on my face.

Why?

First blog posts. No wait, scratch that. First posts on any form of the internet are always meant to be introductory. I’ll give it a shot. Some of you may already know who I am, most of you don’t though. I’m Daníel. A musician at heart that has decided to dabble into writing about his thoughts and publishing them for everyone to see.

If you would ask me why I’ve decided to add hobbyist writing to my repertoire of things that fill my days; I could honestly not answer you with a simple answer. I’ve always wanted to give writing a shot and where better to start than a blog?

What can you expect to see from this blog? In all honesty I can’t be certain as to where I’m going to be heading with this blog. I’ll be writing mostly about people’s behaviour, our inner self, spirituality alongside music that I create and enjoy. As for how frequently I’ll be writing, that’s a mystery that will be solved later down the road when I get my footing in this writing business.

As for the melody part of the blog. Here’s what I’m currently listening too. Lo-Fi hip-hop makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile too.