5 Reasons Why We Love Music:
1. Mood management
This is rated people's most important reason for listening to music: making our good moods even better. It entertains us, relaxes us and sets the right emotional tone. Listening to music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical.
When we're in a bad mood, music can help us deal with it. When your mood is low, there is something cathartic about listening to sad music. Somehow it helps to know that you're not alone. We use music to relieve tension, express our feelings and escape the realities of everyday life. Music helps people get through this stressful and anxious time (e.g. Good et al., 2002).
Also coming in at number two is diversion. Music relieves the boredom of the commute, or of a lazy Sunday afternoon. It's something to do when we don't know what else to do. Music is a distraction and this research done by Cassidy & MacDonald (2007) found that the most distracting type is depressing music.
3. Interpersonal relationships
The fourth most important function of music is its social dimension. Music is a point of conversation. We listen to it while we're with other people and we talk to them about it. It's a way of making a connection.
4. Personal identity
The type of music we like expresses something about ourselves. Even the broadest genres like rock, classical and blues begin to give us a picture of a person. We also seem to discover ourselves through music: it can teach is who we are and where we belong. Through music we can build up and project an image of ourselves.
5. To learn about others and the world
Music tells us stories about other people and places and it gives us access to new experiences. Music can teach us how other people think and even suggest how we might live.
You can learn more at: http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/05/the-all-time-top-six-reasons-we-love-music.php
We have all heard music, but have you ever seen it?
Let Yourself Feel is visual representation of how musicnot only looks, but feels. This mesmerizing animation by Argentinian motion graphics designer Esteban Diácono, visualizing “Slowly” by composer Ólafur Arnalds in spellbinding colorful smoke.
Often times we do not have the words to express how we feel or who we are. What if music was all that we really had?
Music speaks where words fail
Guang by Quek Shio Chuan is a beautiful video about the power of music and the different role it plays in people's lives. It also brings to light the
idea that music helps us to communicate in ways that words can not.
BMW Shorties 2011 Top 10 Finalist. Also nominated for Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Sound Design.
Hope you have a musical weekend.
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