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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!
Spring Break is rapidly approaching, and besides the perfect fashion of course and sun-safe beauty must-haves, I’ve currently been on the lookout for the perfect Album, which happened to nearly fall in my lap this last week! Gwen Stefani’s new album “This is What Truth Feels Like” just came out this last week, and like what you would expect for Spring Break, is filled with romantic, super mesmerizing lyrics and beats that make you feel like you’re living the beach life, kicking up the sand, and playing in the water!
The upbeat pop album with hints of reggae (check out my fav song- “Where Would I Be”) makes you want to get up and dance. I imagine relaxing on a luxury boat in the middle of the ocean, soaking up the sun, relaxing and enjoying life, cuz hey, that’s what spring break is all about right?!
I’ve been a big fan of Gwen since the days of No Doubt in the early-nineties. I love that this album has more of the No Doubt beachy cool feel I fell in love with all those years ago! The album is highly addictive and I’ve had it on repeat for days! This is What the Truth Feels Like takes you through a range of emotions of meeting and falling in love with that special person, “Misery,” “You’re my Favorite,” Where Would I Be,” and “Make Me Like You,” which all touch on those happy, butterfly feelings that make you remember the first time you fell in love. It hits on memories of missing your beau when he’s not around, being more addicted to him than anything else, and being so grateful that he’s now somehow become a part of your life.
Then once you get through the middle of Album, you hear Gwen’s heartbreak of going through her divorce, through “Used to Love You” which although wrenches the heart a bit making you think of that extremely painful heartbreak, still leaves you feeling positive about the future, and acknowledging that moving on, getting over it, and forgiveness are still all possible.
Then Gwen takes you past the initial falling in love and into the real relationship of romantic love and hope for the future of a lovely life together, experiencing the fun naughty that comes with love in “Red Flag” and the more serious wonderful side of love we all hope to truly experience, in “Me Without You,” and “Rare.”
Interested in hearing just how fabulous, romantic, and beachy cool this album is, check out one of my favorite songs from the album here:
*Also, if you happen to pick up This is What the Truth Feels Like from Target, you get an EXTRA FOUR bonus tracks!
Gwen Stefani has been a singer/songwriter since childhood. Her amazing talent is no secret, with evidence of it shown through over 30 million albums sold through No Doubt, and her going on to become a multi-platinum solo artist. With her most personal work to date, this album really takes you through all the varying degrees of emotion associated with love, but leaves you feeling hopeful and happy for the future, no matter what love has brought you in your past!
Pick up the album on Itunes and Target now: