Our everyday life is full of challenges. We love challenges because it pushes us to the limit for us to be able to fulfill our dreams. However, in between, we sometimes experience stress which tends to slow us down a bit. There are times that during those breaks, we turn to music to somehow help us to put things in proper perspective once again. I can attest to that, being a music lover myself. But to some, music is a way of life.
Music is a form of art which ordinarily consists of a melody being mixed together with words, usually known as lyrics. Music can also be created just with plain melody. Not all of us can write music but we all have the ability to appreciate such form of art.
Music can be subdivided into different genres. There’s alternative, blues, classical, country, dance, easy listening, electronic, pop, and rock n’ roll. It can be listened through different ways such as on the radio, MP3 player, CD players and smartphones. Music is still very much available through musical scores on television shows and on the movies. Music also is an essential part of popular musical plays such as Miss Saigon and Les Miserables where dialogues are mostly delivered through music.
Preferences in music vary in between age group. The younger generation appreciates music made by artists who belong to their age group but there were younger people who appreciate music from the not so distant past. Mature people wonder why the younger people appreciate the kind of music being played nowadays. In a similar way, teenagers also don’t completely comprehend why we enjoy music which is already outdated.
People born a couple of decades ago can appreciate music from the current era. There is still a lot of great music nowadays. It still depends on what makes us comfortable.
Younger and older people, despite having different preferences in music, both experience the same benefits of well-being once we hear our favorite tunes regardless of what musical form it may be. Music supports well-being in different ways. As mentioned in the earlier part of the article, it can be used as a stress reliever or as a way of social bonding.
We jam occasionally with musically inclined people and we can say that it’s worth the experience especially if we will be given a chance to perform in front of an audience. One of our childhood dreams is to perform with a band and was actually realized last year on a Battle of the Band contest. Though we failed to bring home the bacon, at least we were able to show to the people what we are capable of doing. The experience of playing in front of a large crowd had a positive effect on our self-confidence. There are some people who used to have stage freight. Speaking in front on an audience makes them nervous. See, aside from being a stress reliever, music can also be used to improve our self-esteem. Through that performance, it made us believe that we can conquer our inner goliaths. We can conquer our fear.
Listening to music is sometimes by choice. It can be used only when we have problems or if there’s something bothering us. But to some, music is already a part of everyday life. There are several reasons why we need to listen to music very often. One of them is that music is good for the heart. There are studies which proved that patients in a hospital which listened to music had improved heart rates and reduced blood pressure compared to some who did not listed to music at all. Music can also bring out the composer in us. We might not know it, but we might have a talent in writing music. We just have to try. I used to write poetry but haven’t tried to write songs despite having the capability of playing the guitar. Music is also a great motivating factor. I used to be a runner, and most of the time, I bring with me an MP3 player. My favorite song is Eye of the Tiger and every time I hear that song, my speed increased twice than my usual speed. I tried to run without music and I almost went back home after 1 kilometer. I find it boring to run without music. People in the gym normally became motivated to work it out because of the music being played. Elders normally become depressed because they can no longer do the things that they used to do. Music somehow makes them feel better than those times when there no music at all. Music can help us make new friends especially if we have a hard time making new acquaintances. Listening to music can definitely help. I am a Beatles fanatic and I can immediately strike out a conversation with a stranger who shares the same passion as me. Mothers normally sang tunes during latter part of their pregnancy as music tends to relax the babies inside the mother’s womb. Aside from these reasons, I think that making music to be part of our life can bring us some form of success like inspiring the people around us since music tends to make things light. So in a way, it has a positive on other people.
I think that I just outlined several reasons on the importance of music in our everyday lives. Music is everywhere. Music is a blessing. I am thankful that music has been given to us.