In my current stage of life, music has taken an interesting role. I’ve played music for many different reasons. I’ve played in a number of bands, for churches, weddings, funerals and other special events here and there. It’s really amazing how much impact music has in the world. Whether people realize it or not, music can influence your mood and build associations with things that are happening in your life. For example, during a particularly difficult experience in high school, I was hooked on an album by a band called Chasing Victory. Throughout this experience, I subconsciously created an association between the album and the situation I was in. I recently listened through that album for the first time since, and I was overwhelmed with emotion from a situation that happened more than seven years ago. It’s just cool to observe and recognize the power that lies in the creation of music and great lyrical content.
I recently attended a music festival in Denver called Riot Fest. It was a three-day event that featured live music on four stages from roughly noon to midnight each day. While the theme of the festival was obviously centered around being “riotous,” there was a nice variety of genres represented. There was everything from metal to alternative rock to folk. With the variety of bands, came a variety of followers. For some attendees, you could tell music was just a small part of their day to day, but for many people, you could sense music was their LIFE. For them, it provides meaning and purpose to living each day. Obviously music fits into everyone’s life differently, but that’s what is interesting to see in my opinion.
As a musician, that has been an area I have been spending a good amount of time studying in the last year: the influence and meaning of music on people. Last spring I wrote a report on the influence of music on the development of the brain in young children. Many of the studies I researched claimed that there is a direct correlation between how a child’s brain develops and the degree of music he/she has been introduced to. The younger a child is when they begin to learn basic music concepts, the greater the chance of that child excelling in mathematics, logic and reasoning as they get older.
So, although for some people music doesn’t play much of a part in their lives, for others it affects them on a much larger scale. If you’re part of the latter, I encourage you to keep up with this blog. I’ll be writing about life and music for the everyday musician.
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