Music and Emotion
Music is a concept that has been around since the beginning of humankind and is found in all cultures in one way or another across the globe. It is often used as a form of expression, connection and evocation of emotion. Music is the audio art that intends to make you feel something. It can make you feel emotions long since repressed, or experience versions of emotions not ever felt before. Music can be an extremely powerful tool when it comes to feeling and expressing your own emotions.
Now, in no way am I saying every person should go out and get a guitar and start learning how to jam out. I sadly have the musical ability of a turtle and have thus learned to use other people’s music to help express my own emotions. For example, when sad I may play Adele or Tom Walker with the intent of amplifying my sad feelings more. This can sometimes bring me to tears and bring me some catharsis. Listening to music that pumps you up or makes you feel happy can be a great way of pulling yourself out of a negative space too! So even if you cannot play an instrument or sing in key, that is okay, just listen to what makes you feel good and go with that. Music is for everyone and is one of the most basic emotional tools we have at our disposal. My personal recommendation is to make some playlists specifically labelled by their emotional content, this way when you’re in a certain mood you can go right to that playlist!
So, what are you listening to today?