I remember the exact moment I fell in love with music and remember exactly the feelings and thoughts it evoked in me. I was a young child of the 80’s, on my way to school. My older brother of 5 years was driving me and listening to popular synth electronic music of the decade – Depechemode’s “Enjoy the Silence.” Ironic as that title was, I found myself engrossed in the tune, beat, lyrics, ALL of it. I remember the power it took over me. I was overcome with excitement, with passion. I remember thinking to myself, “This song is so amazingly good, everyone needs to hear this! It’s awesome! How could someone not totally love this as much as I do?!” From that moment on, I started a passionate love affair with music and I’ve been enjoying the ride ever since!
in fact, as I’m writing this, I’m listening to some Odesza. I find music inspiring and helps me with the creative process, even when it comes to writing! Like pictures, music can evoke powerful feelings, excitement, love, mood, joy, and emotion.
Why do we love music so much? Why is it so powerful and why does it provoke such emotion and passion in many of us? A quick google search brings up tons of blogs, forums, articles on “Why I love music.” The scientific standpoint states that researchers have yet to find the “music” center of the brain, but that pleasure regions of the brain are activated (the same that react to food, sex, and drugs), blood flow rises, falls, and swells in the areas of emotion, arousal, and reward when listening to music (LiveScience.com).
In my personal opinion and from my experience, I think it is because life is lived, experienced, and enjoyed through our five senses. Music speaks to one of them, is a much more powerful way than 95% of the other sounds we hear during a day. Music is melodic, easy on the ears (generally), soothing, and has existed from the beginning of time. In fact, thinking of sounds, I realize music is hands down one of my very favorite sounds, along with hearing the voice of my loved ones, my cat purr, and the sound of water/waves coming off the back of a boat, while racing through the water.
Like sound, vision is also a very powerful sense. Seeing the face and smile of loved ones, pictures that evoke special memories, a beautiful sunset, can all induce those same kind of powerful, passionate, and emotional feelings we get from hearing music.
When combining these powerful forces that speak to the different senses at once, we get… something incredibly beautiful. And powerful!