Music has always had a special place in my heart, ever since I was young. At one point I even wanted to create my own, but lets not get too much into that. Embarrassing! In school, I would sneak into the music rooms on my lunch, on my own or with friends. Always I would want to play the piano – as it was basically the only instrument I could play (and still is).
After being kicked out of the music room so many times, I started bringing my speaker to sit on the field and listen to music (not much has changed for me). What I love most about those moments as it seamed music bought us all together. We all had different taste in music, but we always found those few songs we could all enjoy – and create this amazing vibe between us.
Over the years my taste in music has varied greatly. It’s hard to put a label on which genre is my favourite. But, I have been really enjoying Lo-fi recently. It’s a genre I can put on at any time, no matter what I’m doing. I am one of those people who listens to music constantly; when I wake up, having a shower, eating, working, right up until I go to sleep. I have lots of different types of music, so I don’t get bored of the same old songs.
Music has a weird effect on me. It’s like it can change my mood instantly, or even the way I think. This made me think how powerful music actually is, and how it effects people’s lives so drastically. You may think I’m being over dramatic but it actually makes a lot of sense. You tend to feel the same emotions that the artist has put into that certain song.
Think about it, do you ever find yourself putting on a sad song when your feeling down. Or the opposite, a happy upbeat song to try and bring your mood up. It always effect how you feel. If you picked the sad song, you find yourself spiralling down and feeling even worse than when you started – as you get so caught up in the emotions of the song.
Some days when I’m not in a great mood, I try and push myself to listen to up beat music. Such as my night out music (that always gets me in the mood to dance). After a while of listening to this music, I find I have forgotten about the negative thoughts and feelings I had earlier – I’m more uplifted.
How does music really effect our brains and bodies? It’s such a big part of billions of people’s lives and effects them in so many ways, without them even realising. I feel like my personality is the way it is because of the music I listen to. Studies have shown this is actually the case. To break it down, these are a few of my favourite genres – and how each genre creates my personality when I’m listening to it:
- Rap – have high self-esteem and are outgoing.
- Reggae – have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease.
- Indie – have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle.
- Rock – have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease.
- Soul – have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease.
It’s weird looking at it in this perspective. I don’t tend to listen to these all at the same time – unless I stick my Spotify library on shuffle. That would be a whole mix of emotions at once. Putting on a playlist of a certain genre is what I tend to go for. But I totally agree with the personality traits of each genre. Whichever one I decided to listen to that day – the way I act is pretty spot on.
One of the most amazing times I was listening to music, and felt the most wonderful energy from it, was at LoveBox festival – when Childish Gambino was performing. I felt this amazing feeling all through my body, like the whole audience was feeling unbelievably positive. At first I thought it was just me being weird, but later when meeting a friend after the performance – he said he felt the exact same thing. The energy of the crowd was incredible, and everyone was feeling it.
I would love to know if you feel like music has the same effect on you in your everyday life. It is a very interesting subject to me. Thanks for reading.