Classical music has a musical structure and rhythm to it that provides peace and security. Not everyone feels this connection to classical music as I do, but I know some will agree. Science has found many correlations between the type of music you listen to and its impact on our emotional well-being. You may be saying to yourself, Wait, I have heard this before. Does that mean if I listen to Metallica, it’s the devil’s music? I am not saying that at all. If anything, I am saying that the music we listen to serves a purpose. I know when I listen to a little punk music like The Clash or Green Day, it’s about “sticking it to man” or the corruption of society. One of my favorite Clash songs is “Lost in the Supermarket.”
“I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality
I’m all tuned in, I see all the programs
I save coupons from packets of tea
I’ve got my giant hit discotheque album
I empty a bottle and I feel a bit free.”
How many times do we realize it or not, but we are completely influenced by advertisements, special offers, discounts, etc.? But do they always supply the needs we are after time and time again? Statistically, women tend to shop unconsciously to fill their maternal instincts of providing comfort and stability. Sometimes that motherly intuition, without awareness, seeps into their personal lives and is not just a means for providing for their children. We are creatures of habit and evolution. Society is changing so fast, I believe, we sometimes mistake our needs for wants. Back in time, food, shelter, and fire were all imperative to survive. But over time, a fire to keep yourself warm and cook food slowly over time became a bonfire to a nice fireplace. Nothing is wrong with fireplaces, luxury, or comfort. But just don’t forsake or replace your needs with your wants.
We are all vain at times because we are human beings. But for a change of pace, let’s be vain about our basic needs. And once again, let’s allow music to be a vehicle to usher in an illustration of taking care of our necessities. Here is a beautiful lyric from Collective Soul’s December:
“Why follow me to higher ground?
Lost as you swear I am
Don’t throw away your basic needs
Ambiance and vanity.”
Music has always allowed me to feel how I am feeling. From joyous sunny days listening to Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun,” to missing a friend with Incubus’, “Wish You Were Here,” to days of relieving confusion jamming to Jimi Hendrix’s, “Purple Haze.” Music is the soundtrack of life. And rightfully so. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂
Do you find that music gives you solace and joy in your time of need? If so, what do you listen to and what feelings possibly brought you to those tunes? Do you listen to the lyrics? If you do, do you listen to lyrics about how society can be feeble at times?
~ Jam On ~
~ Sincerely, Carly (Message In Stanza) ~