Do you remember the first album you ever bought? Most of us can look back with a smile and a slight cringe as we think about our first journey into the musical world. How did that album make you feel? Happy? Sad? Excited?
Since that first album, you have likely purchased many others. Once upon a time, you might have taken the time to sit down and listen to them, intently feeling the music, relating to it, pouring over the sleeve notes. When you were sad, you would have looked through your collection to find something that would express your emotions better than you could. When you were in love, a particular song would always make you think of that special someone. Getting ready for a night out? Something upbeat was perfect, volume cranked right up.
Have we stopped listening?
Nowadays, however, we seem to have lost that connection with music. It is still on, of course – you can’t go anywhere without some kind of background beat providing the rhythm to your busy day, but although we hear it, we have stopped listening. We have stopped feeling the same kind of emotions; we are no longer as invested in the symphonies.
You probably have some kind of music app and a shelf full of CDs. You likely turn the radio on when you get in the car and might even enjoy a singalong when you are stuck in traffic. But it is all background noise, since you are always concentrating on something more important.
There are always exceptions. When you go to a club and dance like no-one is watching – that is when you are really feeling the rhythm of the music. When you buy gig tickets to see your favourite group or artist, they have your full attention and a little bit of your soul connects to the performers on stage. You savour every note, you know every word and you lose yourself in the moment, forgetting the troubles of everyday life and escaping into a musical bliss.
We think listening to music at home should make you feel the same way.
Music is therapy
So, here is our challenge to you. At the end of the day, when all your responsibilities have been taken care of and when you have no other distractions, we want you to pour yourself a drink, and we want you to put on some music – whether it is a long forgotten favourite CD, or a brand new artist you’ve never heard of, we want you to sit and indulge.
Listen to the music. Really listen. Take note of the words and try to lose yourself in the emotions and feelings that music evokes. Whatever is going on in your life right now, you can be certain there is a song that conveys your mood. Someone else has been through these things before. Music is therapy. Music is understanding and music is sometimes controversial. It can make you laugh, it can make you cry, or it can make you want to jump up and dance. It has been right there for you all the time, it is up to you to unleash its power.