Everyone has an opinion on music. What music works for you? Our access to virtually any musical format or genre has never been greater, and our dedication to our music, whatever that means to you, has never been easier to follow through on. But what is it that music really does for you? What need does it satisfy, what open space in your life does it fill? What value does it add to your life?
In fact, it can be difficult to find a time or place where some sort of music doesn’t enter my daily experience. How about you? Think about it- when you get up in the morning, is it the radio that wakes you up? Even if you listen to the news, how many commercial themes did the station play when they took a break? On your way to class or work, is it music on your phone or iPod that keeps you company? Music surrounds us, from our own playlists on websites like Pandora.com to the Muzak we hear as we shop. It guides our moods, fills up uncomfortable quiet moments and helps us relax, entertains us, gives us something in common we can compare notes on and socialize over.
A musical soundtrack can make or break a movie. A musical theme can sell a product. A scrap of music can replay in our heads for days at a time, sometimes helping us daydream, sometimes driving us crazy. It can be a great tool when we like the music we hear or a torture device when we don’t. But however you interact with music today, I’ll bet you have an opinion about it.
Music is powerful, and music is pervasive. It is an endless source of inspiration and entertainment on a universal scale.
What kind of music is your kind? How does it add value to your life, and what favorite songs, compositions or artists would you recommend to the rest of us?
© 2013 Steve Case