Music, it’s a powerful thing and we are constantly surrounded by it each day. Whether it’s a jingle on TV you’ve heard a thousand times, or a powerful ballad that you’ve discovered within the depths of Spotify, music without a doubt can have the power to change how we feel.
Companies can be clever and use it within advertisement, drumming that catchy tune into your brain so you think of their product more often and are therefore more likely to buy it. But there are the artists who have created songs for every mood possible, with many people finding comfort in songs that can relate to a situation in their own lives.
But there’s also a power in creating music yourself, I’ve played the piano since a young age and though not everyone may be able to relate to this, sitting down at the keys and focusing only on the sound you are producing is one of the most difficult things to describe but i’ll do my best to try. Imagine, sitting at the piano, the window is open and its raining outside, a cool breeze floats into the room and the gentle tapping of the rain on the window adds to the smooth playing of a piece of Einaudi (For those who don’t know who this is he is a minimalist pianist, and I highly recommend listening to the song I Giorni or Nefeli).
For me personally it instantly improves my day, being able to pour in the emotions you’ve collected throughout the day, week or month, into your music is uplifting and quite frankly therapeutic.
The inspiration for this post has come from my discovery of the artist Matt Maltese, who is most definitely one of those singers that makes music that requires you to really sit and listen to what he is saying, listen to the messages his songs are conveying. Of course he is not the only artist that makes music like this, and I couldn’t tell you what draws me to this kind of music but there’s something about songs such as ‘Even if it’s a Lie’ by Maltese, ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon and ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman, that stop me in my tracks and make me listen to every lyric.
Of course this is different for everybody and the beautiful thing about music is that it is interpreted differently by everyone. For example the song ‘Half the World Away’ by Oasis, those listening to it may imagine the song to be about various different people, maybe considering the song when they listen to it, to be about themselves or about a particular person in their life. This goes for music genres as well, some people find rap to be a good way to belt out emotion where as another may not enjoy it as much and prefer something more traditional such as classical music. It depends on what kind of person you are, and to link this blog post to my previous it really shows just how diverse the human population is.