Music is a fundamental device and remedy that contributes to basic human needs. It determines a mood, stirs up emotion, and retrieves memories, even when you wish it would wipe some away. It is safe to say that I have never met someone who has flat out said, “Well, music is not my forte.” Its harmonious feeling gives life an entirely new perspective within every song, every measure, and every lyric created by its creator.
When an artist writes music, word choice and vocal tone gives the song its personality and emotional connection. Unless, of course, you write a song like “Work” by Rihanna or “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap. No offense to them or anyone who enjoys those songs, I’m just saying, cookin’ pies with my baby while work work work work workin’ has nothing lyrically, or musically profound about it. But, if an artist stopped at the words alone, the true element of music would lose its meaning… the actual music is the subconscious root of where the emotions and memories come from.
When I listen to the song “Paradise” by Coldplay, I put my headphones in and close my eyes for the very first part of the song and I wait… There is a specific part at the beginning of the song where, I guess you can say, the “beat drops,” and every single time I listen to it I innately get goosebumps. Music does that, it’s the part of the game called “life” that gets you into the next level of deepness, and the only way to reach that level is by feeling your way through the course and collecting your “emotion coins” along the way for points.
For me, there are a few music groups that help me advance to that next level: Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, 21 Pilots, Houses, and many others that would take too long to list.
This list changes in order to properly fit an individual’s personality because everyone has a master list of “favorite artists” that takes you to that next level. Imagine Dragons, for instance, puts me in a bright, yet evocative state of mind because I immediately think of my Arizona trip in 2015. I enjoyed every moment of it, but every day I wish I could go back to the sunny state. Imagine Dragons mixes their lyrics, tone, and each tiny structural part of the musical composition to form the ultimate profound song; one that forces me to reminisce emotionally as I find myself longing to drive through the red rocks and mountains.
While lyrics and music are pivotal in a song, they are only minor compared to the one major factor that makes or breaks the song in its entirety; the artist’s ability to demonstrate feeling. Take Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold,” for instance. Every time I watch either the music video or her live performance I am moved with goosebumps, and sometimes even tears, because her execution of emotion harvests a feeling in me that allows me to connect with what she is singing about. Once an artist accomplishes this, they have successfully created a song.
The word “song” means more than just music alone… it is the one part of human existence that tells you to let go and feel unconditionally. It taps into all parts of your mind and your heart, pulling every which way into a perfect mix of vast expression, and boundless imagination. It’s almost like love, in a way, because like love, a true song is undeniably real. Love is music, and music always measures up to what people need; a sharp mood, and flat out emotion.
So next time you listen to a song, scale back all of life’s treble’s surrounding you. Take a minuet to rest and be in tune with the key things that the artist did to make the song about more than just music alone.