For me, music is food for the soul, it reflects the mood I’m in, my feelings and emotions under certain circumstances, in a certain moment. The “right” music can make me feel happy or sad, energized and full of power or can calm me down and make me feel relaxed. I think most people feel like that when they listen to music, won’t you agree? But, what is the “right” music, what do you think?
Music reflects our mood, emotions and feelings
Have you ever experienced that if you’re unhappy, sad or disappointed you tend to listen to the kind of music that reflects just that: pain, loss, sadness? That you spend hours listening to songs that remind you of the person you’ve lost or some other sad happening?
Here’s what Elton John said in Sad Songs (Say so much):
“Turn them on, turn them on
Turn on those sad songs
When all hope is gone
Why don’t you tune in and turn them on
They reach into your room
Just feel their gentle touch
When all hope is gone
Sad songs say so much.”
But, before we get too deep into sadness – let’s make a shift and think about what would happen if we just chose another song, perhaps Adele’s Rolling in the Deep that reflects not only sadness but also the power to overcome sadness and loss:
“There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch
And it’s bringing me out the dark.
The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep…”
About “mood music”
I think, all music is “mood music“. We all know about the power of music when it comes to feelings and emotions – and to the actions resulting out of them. Music definitely has a powerful effect on the way we feel and act. Just think about the commercial use of music when it comes to advertising and how music is used in shopping malls, in tv commercials, in radio, in movies – and of course, on the Internet as well.
Why is music food for the soul?
Because it can express feelings and emotions without using words: music touches us, makes us smile, makes us cry, makes us weak or strong. Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885), the most well-known of all the French Romantic writers said:
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”
Just imagine what would life look like without music.
But, let’s think a bit further.
What if we could use the power of music to change our mood, our feelings?
You say that’s impossible? Perhaps it’s unbelievable but not impossible. It takes some time and some exercise but it works. Just think about the example above with Elton John’s and Adele’s songs.
Yes, music has the power to change your mood. It can change the way you feel about things,
it can turn negative feelings into positive ones. Changing negative feelings like sadness or disappointment into positive ones empowers you again. And yes, in this case anger can be the positive feeling you need to transform your sadness into. Believe it or not, this “simple” shift from sadness to anger has helped many people to get out of their low or even out of certain kinds of depression.
Choose music to change your mood and nourish your soul
Heather McCready, native Texan Folk Singer-Songwriter said:
“Music is more important than people realize. It isn’t just a thing.
It finds its way into your invisible places and it settles in with you there,
like nutrition for the soul.”
Thinking about music this way, it seems understandable to choose music that empowers, that makes us feel good. That’s when music is food for the soul.
Knowing all that, it seems a bit strange that we used to choose music that even underlines negative feelings, that makes them even stronger. What do you think, why we do that? I think it’s because we “enjoy” our sorrows, we enjoy that feeling of sadeness, weakness and vulnerability at least as much as we enjoy the feeling of joy. But we should not overdo that.
So let’s recap:
We seem to be aware of the power of music to influence our feelings and emotions. So because music is food for the soul, we tend to select and listen to that kind of music that reflects most our feelings and emotions at the time. But now it’s time to use music to make a shift, to make a real change. And, now it’s time for you to start using music that makes you feel invincible, empowered to change your feelings and emotions, to change your life.