Music and Lyrics

26 Oct

“There is something about music that evolves over time, as do emotions. When we hear the song we re-live the emotional sequence that happened when we first heard it,” says Professor John Sloboda of Keele University and author of Music and Emotion, “that’s why music is more powerful than, for example, smell or painting, it draws you into a sequence of re-lived experience.”


Music is one of the most amazing things that exist, even for those hearing impaired, the one thing they wish to hear besides the sound of their mother’s voice is music. It is one of the things that soothe and calm the ears bringing together a plethora of emotions that may may stem from past memories. Surely it comes as a surprise to no one that songs can evoke powerful memories. Personally, there are literally hundreds of songs that take me back to past memories or even whole fragments of my life, whether it may be a sad or happy memory. For some reason, Paramore’s 2008 recording of “That’s What You Get” always reminds me of my first years in a new high school and how terrifying it was but also how fun it was to meet new people and step out of my comfort zone. I guess that’s why I enjoy singing. Music can touch people in certain places where normal words can’t. Have you ever been in a place in your life where all you listened to was sappy, emotional love songs? Yeah, that’s one of the coping mechanisms people usually turn to. In many of those reality TV competitions where the focal point is an aspiring singer, there is more often than not a line that goes, “Music was there for me when no one else was.” 

Although that may sound cheesy and annoying to most of you, it is in fact, one of the truest statements that anyone in the world can relate to. Have you ever listened to the music in horror movies? What about the music in inspirational or Disney movies? What kind of music do you listen to when your sad? What kind of music do you listen to when you’re happy?  What do all these have in common? They all invoke emotion. EMOTIONS stemming from MEMORIES. In psychology class, we talked about how memories are formed. It may be that some of these memories are directly related to music that we listened to at that certain period in time or music that we did in fact turn to. I have had first hand experience with having music change my mind set and having music make me feel better about things. On another note, singers, whether professional or amateur, are there doing what they do because of simply that. They wanna make people hear their music, not just on an outer level or because it sounds pretty. The emotions behind these songs are what they are trying to convey on the listeners. I sing in events, school, church, technically anywhere where there’s a microphone and a band. I always make sure however, that the song I’m choosing has some emotional substance and words that may mean something because you never know when a person may need it the most. Basically whenever I or anyone should hear music, as the great Christina Aguilera said,

“I get butterflies, I hear lullabies, it’s hard to explain

Like the scent of a rose or the sound of the rain

It’s too precious and too wonderful to give it a name.”

That’s what music is.


(c) Ezra Sumbillo


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