At the beginning of quarantine life changed for so many people in such a drastic way. I had a philosophy class about art in which our very first assignment was creating a video of us talking about an art form that has helped us through this tough time. This art form could be any type of art. For me it was music. I have always loved music and honestly do it as a habit or just play music when I’m getting anything done because it’s fun to me. However, before quarantine while I was up at sfsu I didn’t really have much extra time to just lounge around and listen to songs or new music that came out because I was so busy. When I came back home I had a bit of extra time as school related issues got worked out and we were transitioning to online. During this time I was able to get back into music; from throwbacks to current top hits, or anything fun that was out there at the time, to new artists and songs on the top 100 songs, etc. I made some playlists, and made my presentation of music as the art form that helps me de-stress, or have a good time. Other students were also related and one was even interested in listening to some playlists; this is where I started to think about the different genres of music we all listen to, why we listen to them, and how it benefits us. Through many different aspects of my life I have listened to music and an outlet; if I’m feeling sad I’ll probably dwell on my emotions and listen to some sad music or if I don’t want to be intact with sad feelings I’ll try to uplift my mood and play some bops. My mom however was not too excited about my music habits. After all my research I now have more reasoning as to why I should be able to listen to music, out loud, by my own, or even as some background noise when getting work done. You may not like music as much either or it’s not your preferred hobby or outlet, but trust me it will benefit you! Give music a chance, give yourself a chance and find music you connect to and enjoy, and you may even start listening to it more and it can even turn into something you will like to do in your downtime.
To begin, music can soothe us and allow us to be in a better mood. You may not even know it, but it is occurring in your brain. And if you want to enhance this then listening to more calming, soothing music is your best option, in the article “The Effect of Music on Human Brain; Frequency Domain and Time Series Analysis Using Electroencephalogram”, by IEE, it stated that “After listening to relaxing music, 78% of participants reported to be in relaxed mood and 12% said they are neutral. Neurophysiological results of experiment 1 indicated that, in contrast to favorite music, relaxing music has more soothing effect on the human brain in terms of increase in alpha power and reduced complexity. It is concluded that relaxing music, which is composed of alpha binaural beats, is helpful in acquiring more relaxation as compared to the favorite music of the listener.”
Personally I have a playlist for my own different moods or vibes that I am feeling. I am not saying you always have to have pop or upbeat songs or the complete opposite to enjoy music, after all that is why music is so diverse; to capture all of our emotions. As for my mom not agreeing with my music all the time or most of the time, I decided to make a playlist with her that we can both listen to. We compromised so I could listen to music out loud while she also enjoyed it. As for you, if again it is not your favorite way to pass time or hobby then you can say paint, while still having some music in the background playing softly. Our minds still capture these sounds and can benefit from it. This is a simple way to attain these benefits while not changing up your whole hobby or activities you like to do personally.
Now it is your turn to make a playlist or several ones filled with music you like. This can be any song, old to new, pop to mellow, etc. In the end you still gain all the benefits, as “Temporal Changes in Mood Repair Through Music Consumption: Effects of Mood, Mood Salience, and Individual Differences”, states it can not only alter our moods to be more positive but it can also help us by , “… breaking out of a bad mood and was judged as among the most successful at changing bad mood, raising energy, and reducing tension. This is generally consistent with research concerning the therapeutic value of music for dealing with depression (; ).”, and makes music so useful beyond simply enjoying listening to music. As stated, music can even help us release tension! Music can also raise our energy and essentially be used as a form of therapy! I find this so informative and useful to know because I think most of us already use music as an outlet, but now we can target the kind of music we should listen to when we are feeling a certain way. Overall it can help us be content or simply not in a bad or low mood if that’s how you are feeling and you want to help yourself out and alter your mood. I recommend you take note of all of this information as well,and if you learned something new like I did then great! Remember to check out how you feel afterwards and the changes in your mood. If it is still not your jam( pun intended) then just play it in the background, your mind will still capture it!
In conclusion, even if music isn’t what you prefer or listen to in your downtime, playing any kind will still be beneficial, even as background noise. As for my mom, I have talked to her about my research and will let her know how I really am allowing us all to have these benefits. And yes I can also use earbuds, but if I want to play music out loud at home then playing music we both enjoy is the way to go, which is why we came to the compromise of making a joint playlist. So if I can compromise and still enjoy music, you cna test out how helpful it is to you as well. I truly recommend using music to your advantage and you can reap all the benefits such as releasing tension, improving brian function, and if you enjoy it then take the next step and alter your mood when needed. You may not have even known that you were possibly impacting your mood with your music, and that may be why you didn’t really enjoy it as your hobby or outlet to begin with. So try out new songs, go back to songs you forgot you loved, listen to some chakra music or more soothing songs if you want to relax etc. In the end music really does do wonders!
R. Nawaz, H. Nisar and Y. V. Voon, “The Effect of Music on Human Brain; Frequency Domain and Time Series Analysis Using Electroencephalogram,” in IEEE Access, vol. 6, pp. 45191–45205, 2018, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2855194.
“(PDF) Temporal Changes in Mood Repair Through Music Consumption: Effects of Mood, Mood Salience, and Individual Differences.” ResearchGate, www.researchgate.net/publication/277395239_Temporal_Changes_in_Mood_Repair_Through_Music_Consumption_Effects_of_Mood_Mood_Salience_and_Individual_Differences.(Scholarly Article)