Music and its power in my life – The Cavalier Daily

It’s hard to imagine my world without music. I like to keep my brain buzzing and my mind alive with the constant flow of melodies and rhythms – it provides a soundtrack to my life. That I play my “On the city» playlist while walking to class or strolling down the street with my favorite independent anthem blasting, music is an experience that encapsulates much of what I value and can actually preserve time as it brings back forgotten memories at all times and sparks nostalgic reflection.

Looking back on my day, my week, my month or even my year, every detail or feeling that I am simply unable to describe is captured through the prism of the musical realm. There is always something new waiting to grace my ears and my whole inner being as I sink into the meaning of a spoken word or am moved by a melody so intriguing that I slip into a dreamlike state. Time seems to stand still as my mind wanders to higher thoughts beyond daydreams. For example, in my daily life at university, everything gets a bit repetitive with back-to-back classes and the constant stream of homework. However, listening to music allows me to break this monotonous flow and I develop personal connections with songs, artists and entire albums seeking to better understand the human experience.

Personally, each song has an intrinsic meaning – whether the artist wants the lyrics to convey a particular message or a chord to produce an effect on listeners. The meaning of a song is ambiguous due to how the interpretation can differ from listener to listener, which leads me to see music in a poetic light.

As a result, I started creating sentiment-based playlists, assessing both how I interpret the meaning of music and new feelings that had previously gone unnoticed. At all times of listening, I wrap the mood I was looking to create with a playlist. I tend to literally get into the rhythm of the music if I’m walking, and I feel more comfortable if the production flowing through my ears matches my mood. For me, music works as an emotional outlet to both produce authentic feelings and enhance pre-existing thoughts and perceptions.

I’m also inspired to explore new feelings elicited by music, pairing songs that form the reality that is that emotion. It’s not an abnormal thing to do – as I’m sure the vast majority of people have their own divisions of happy and sad playlists – but acknowledging the act of creating something based on an emotion intrigues me greatly and that’s something I’m always trying to perfect.

In this way, music plays a very active role in building personality and character. Thinking back to my musical tastes from a year ago, I feel like I’ve come a long way in experimenting with what I listen to instead of constantly revisiting the same songs. Because of this, I see myself taking a liking to more experimental artists like Ariel Pink and MGMT, who produce different sounds, but similar feelings.

These two artists are featured on my “Melodically methodical” playlist, which I made trying to capture some quirks or eccentricities in the music. The divine chords sync with my mind as they roam free with the bold productions of unique vocals and electronic alterations offered by the psychedelic rock and synth pop genres. The dream pop and shoe gaze genres then take me to a different place of ambient reflection and the transcendence of artists like Beach House and Cocteau Twins. I have several playlists devoted to these softer sounds, including my “Atmosphere,” “Vibey,” “Dreamer” and “Ethereal” playlists. These playlists may be part of a larger sound category, but they still create distinct feelings for me.

Creating playlists has become a particularly rewarding hobby of mine, as well as collecting vinyl records of my favorite albums from a range of artists. I see both as a form of personal archival preservation of the music I currently listen to. Both are constantly evolving to match my expansive musical identity, but collecting vinyl makes the experience feel a bit more real – almost like stepping into an album looking for a copy in this novelty form. I look forward to the day when not only have I expanded my collection, but I have gained more life experience to then look back on such moments, which are sealed tightly in the cellophane wrapper of a given album.

An example of this is how I identify “Currents” by Tame Impala as a defining album from my teenage years, but the memories I have of the album have the potential to evolve as my life progresses. progress. This is evident in my recollection of seeing Tame in concert for the first time. This experience has already enhanced my perception of the album, and seeing them live again soon invites me to relive that moment – the moment I so often wish to rejoice once again.

As a song plays, it brings me back to that setting in a metaphysical sense. Of course, I literally can’t go back to any point in my past, but no matter where I find myself listening to music, whether it’s in my bedroom or in the car, a song can act to transport the emotions of my life. a certain time and give a clue to who I was, who I am now, and who I seek to become.

For me, music helps answer the complex questions posed by life without providing a direct answer to the meaning behind humanity. We are not meant to understand everything or feel a total sense of belonging to the world. Instead, additional perspective is added to thoughts and feelings that I once thought were unrelated, allowing me to savor a moment of feeling understood. “The banal” is my playlist that includes some of my timeless favorites as well as the songs I have on repeat in the moment. I like to think that if a song stays on the playlist long enough to be considered a a timeless favorite, it serves as a vestige of me that I can regard as characterizing my personality in a specific moment or situation.Wherever I go, I know that I will continue to grow thriving with music, for there are always new leaps and dives to be made in the vast realms of spirit and melody.

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