There’s something that every single one of us has in common. That something is music. We might not agree on certain artists, songs or genres of music. However, we all find some sort of joy in music; we are all surrounded by music. Even before the days of the radio or record player, music was always a huge part of human culture. Music has a huge impact on emotions, a simple song can make you feel like you’re on top of the world, and put a huge smile on your face and just as easily a simple song can make you burst into tears. Certain songs can trigger memories. Hearing a song that you haven’t heard for years can make you think of all of the times when you were younger and listened to that song. Certain songs can trigger an emotion, a memory from the past that you’ve tried to repress. Songs display emotions that some of us have been spending years trying to put into words. Music is very powerful.
Memories that we have that are triggered by music take place in the medial prefrontal cortex of our brains. MRI scans have shown that this is the same part of your brain that is triggered when thinking about your past and when asked self-reflective questions. So, are our brains taking the music that we listen to and using the lyrics to help us self-reflect? Is the brain helping you write your autobiography through someone else’s words? If so, I wouldn’t look at it as plagiarism of any sort; I would look at it as a positive thing. Someone else out there is feeling the same way as you, or felt that way that you felt. Someone is helping you feel things that might not be so easy for you to feel.
We use music as a tool for our memories. We make up songs and tunes and raps to help us remember things that we need to remember. Like the ABC’s or the days of the week. Those songs don’t need to stop after first grade either. There’s no reason we can’t make songs as a study tool in high school, college and even as adults to simply remember our to-do list for the day.
Like I stated, songs are powerful, the can have a huge impact on the way that you feel. Sometimes when you’re feeling blue or down in the dumps you want to lock yourself in a room and listening to heart wrenching songs. Well, silly, you’re just making it worse! Sometimes all it will take is a few upbeat songs with positive lyrics; it can change your whole demeanor. Happy and upbeat music can help increase the serotonin in your brain it can also alter your brain wave pattern which can keep you happy even after the music turns off (try The Beatles, Kesha, The Rocket Summer or any other artist or band that uses positive lyrics, everyone has their own taste in music so I don’t want to force a band on you that you might not like). Listening to music, slow and calm music, can relax your muscles and slow your breathing which can help you beat stress (try some Norah Jones, The Postal Service, Jack Johnson, Regina Spektor or Joss Stone).
Music is always in our lives. It’s up to you what type of music you choose to listen to. It’s up to you what songs you most enjoy. But, just remember, your subconscious is always listening. The more positivity you let it hear, the more positivity you have in your life. Listen to songs that make you feel good, it’s a simple way to make yourself smile! Rock on.