When I was asked to write an article for this website, I almost said no. However, I have severe doormat tendencies and a “yes” came out instead. I soon realized that I have very little actual knowledge of music. I can tell you what a minim and a crotchet are and that the rhythm of a song is the part that makes you want to get on the dance floor, but these things are not particularly article-worthy.
I dreaded the fact that I would have to pull out a keyboard and try to create something worth reading on something I wasn’t sure was worth writing about. Halfway through my morning dance routine waiting in traffic (and after earning a few odd looks) on the way to work I realized the error in my attitude.
Music may be the one thing that anyone can write about! Not because everyone listens to music, but because music affects everyone. Whether it’s indie rock, rap or jazz, music is the thread that connects the world. And that is definitely worth writing about. So here I go, waxing lyrical (ha ha!) about my musical musings on the internet.
I recently read a poem that changed the way I think about the way I think about things. Basically, it explained that we choose the way that we see the world. We choose to interpret the people around us the way that suits us best. It means we can interpret a smile from the same boy in a hundred different ways depending on how we feel that day. Tired of being the only single one in a group of committed relationshippers? That smile sets your heart racing and wondering if maybe you do have feelings for him. Even if you’d never have considered it before. Been messed around by one too many people that week? That smile immediately hints of mockery and earns him a glare in return.
What does this have to do with music?
We don’t just listen to the songs that we relate to. The songs we listen to change the way we relate to our lives. Because what affects our moods more than music? Changing the music we decide to listen to can change the way we live our lives! Does this mean we should try playing peace and love songs to criminals or to kids in detention to get them to change their ways? Probably not. But on a smaller scale we can use music to re-evaluate our priorities.
Finding myself on the single side of the spectrum, I’ve been eating a little too much cake at my own pity party while watching my friends with their significant others. Quite against my own better judgement and, I hope, character, I have fallen into the habit of considering every male friend a possible future boyfriend – whether I actually like them or not. As you can imagine, this is not the best way to foster good friendships.
What I have realized is that my playlist is not doing my attempts at reversing my thinking any favours. When more than half the songs on your playlist sing about how great it is to be in a relationship or how much “you belong to me”, it’s difficult not to think the same thoughts. And when the lyrics get stuck in your head and you find yourself whistling them as you go about your day, you realize that maybe it’s time for a change. Fewer love lyrics and more self-empowerment songs? I’ll let you know if it works.
We might not all take the time to think about the way that we see the world and the things that affect the things we want. What does your playlist say about you? Better yet, if people were to look at your life would they be able to guess the lyrics stuck in your head?