posted on Jul, 20 2010 @ 09:39 PM
The soundtrack of life, your life is not a movie.
The soundtrack of life, these are the songs that when you hear them remind you of the day you and your buddies went to the beach and met those pretty
girls and stayed all day to enjoy the bonfire later on that night.
Or how you felt that day when the girl you thought you were in love with absolutely dumped you.
These are songs that cue a memory of your past and the emotion becomes as real as the taste of a piece of chocolate.
When I was in high school years, err eons ago I found myself in my senior year with a bit of open class space so I took some filler classes, 4 of them
in a 7 class day.
One of the most rewarding was Music appreciation.
This was a new idea put out by the band teacher who was a virtuoso, if it made a sound or pitch he could play it. So when I say the man knew his music
I truly mean he did and still does.
In this class I think we had 3 written assignments all of the year, but the idea of the class was to listen to music.
You will immediately say cool “I do this everyday I’m educated now!”
No maybe not because as well as listening we would virtually dissect a song, we would learn how the song sounded with parts of it removed percussion,
vocals, baselines, rhythmic claps, Etc.
We learned that a song that was a top 40 song would sound rather bland without 1 part or another, but I think the most valuable part I got from this
class is the emotion that music makes us feel.
Music is much more powerful than we realize on the surface.
Did you ever wonder why when you are angry with company xyz and on hold for customer service that they don’t play Metallica or Iron Maiden?
The music these bands play makes you feel anxious or angry it has a very aggressive pace to it. Why do we never hear mellow music when we work out at
the Gold’s gym but top 40?
Music sets the mood is why these things happen or don’t.
In movies let’s use a high school favorite of mine, Top Gun! Just thinking of the name of that movie brings back many excellent and sad moments of
my teen years and they all tie into music.
Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins, how many of us old fools here ever hear this song on the radio and come to our senses realizing that we were
flying driving down the road at 70 MPH…..over the listed speed limit?
It is because subconsciously we were flying a F-14 Tomcat for a moment in our heads.
I can give you a list of specific emotions and feelings I tie into specific songs, but I would bore you even more than I currently am.
Now in television the music industry will test out new music on shows to see how people receive it, they will also put certain songs that give a
general feeling into strategic places in the show. There is a reason why we feel in an aggressive mood when the hero or heroine beats the bad guy to a
pulp, or why we feel sad when there is a montage totally void of script lines.
Music is our friendly manipulator, it tells us how to feel or react when we hear it.
These same tactics are used on us everyday and we don’t even realize it.
At times I will realize I am in situations and feeling a certain way and listen to hear what song is on the speakers, I will then realize that song is
more or less probably why I am feeling the way I currently was.
So, next time you are watching a television show or shopping or working out or watching the newest documentary from your favorite fearmonger, STOP and
just listen to the music, see if that is what is making you feel the way you do.
And then realize that you are in fact being manipulated.
As the Doobie Brothers said, and I quote: “Whoa hoa hoa Listen to the music”
Can anyone list a song that ties into a certain memory or feeling from their present or past?
Cue the sad slow music as I walk away.