To a majority of people, music is a major part of their life. In looking up ‘Why is music important?’ on Google, you will turn up a vast multitude of results, none that are very conclusive. Everybody has their own explanations and their own experiences to color their answer to this question.
Just listening to a song can cause an immediate emotional reaction, exhibit A: Let It Go – James Bay. For me, this song causes my tears to start flowing automatically.
Sometimes you just need to cry and when that happens you turn off the lights and you turn on some Adele to let it all out. Maybe it has something to do with the emotional sound of the singer’s voice that just connects to a part of the brain. It feels like the singer is telling you their story, whatever it may be.
I, among many other people, listen to music everywhere I go. In the car, in the kitchen, in the shower, at work, on my runs, at the gym, at home, on public transportation…you name the place, I’m probably listening to music or wishing I was listening to music. As I am writing this right now, I’m listening to music.
People listen to music to avoid the real world. Taking that one step further, I listen to music as if each song is a theme to my life. If my life were a movie and I had to put a music track over the scene currently playing out, what song would I choose?
Music can be a passive or an active experience. When doing other tasks, like washing the dishes, or in my case right now, writing, music takes a slight backseat. It’s a passive experience, there in the background perhaps because I just can’t stand silence. But in moments of rest from whatever I’m doing, I can jump into the song and start dancing a little or maybe singing a little. It makes whatever I’m doing a better experience. It makes the most mundane tasks a little bit more interesting.
Music as an active experience can also come in many forms. You could be a dancer or choreographer that is intensely listening to the song to pick up on any faint beats or chimes in the melody; the bass hit that will bring your moves to the next level. You could be a musician, listening to music and dissecting each layer from the bass to the guitar to the singer’s voice as the melody in order to learn more about composition. Even just being present in the song, closing your eyes and listening. Just listening to the singer’s voice or the melody, maybe just trying to find the meaning behind the song. It’s amazing how you can experience one piece of music in multiple ways.
Music can influence how you feel and bring you into a completely different world. Listening to a movie’s theme song can bring you into the world of the film. Listening to songs can put you in a certain mood whether that’s angsty, flirty, or fun. I love listening to fierce songs (ala Beyonce) before a night out with my friends, I even have a GNO (Girl’s Night Out) playlist specifically to help get me ready.
You’d be very hard pressed to find somebody who says they do not like music in any form. Music is so vast and so universal, it’s something that ties us all together.
Think of what life would be like without music. Life would be so boring and if you have any doubts, think about what movies (a mimicry of real life) would be like without music. It would be so boring and quite awkward.
I love music and I’m sure you do too!