I was just listening to two very widely listened-to songs.
1. the bittersweet symphony by the Verve
2. viva la vida by coldplay
I suddenly realised something about the human mind and how each of us uniquely links our preference of music to a certain meaning it carries to our minds (and the incredible thing about this is the fact that it is completely independent of the genre or type of the music) If you think about it you'd find that some, if not all of your favourite music appeals to you in a certain way because something about it strikes out in one of these to you
- it invokes a memory to you
- someone who means a lot to you likes it making it a "connection" sort of attraction to the song/music etc.
- it's a feat (you admire the work and achievement of the music as seen by those who created it and perceived by other people)
- It creates a certain atmosphere that you like to be in (soothing, rebellion, relaxed, harsh, whatever you like)
- it's a habit--something you've come to appreciate simply by having been exposed to it very much whether or not by your choice
it's quite amazing really when you think about this and how some songs impact you in this way and some just have no meaning of effect whatsoever on you. Music ain't just a bunch of sound eh? Here's what i believe. It's a language. It speaks to those who understand it's uniqueness and carries a universality of thought without words. ANd BEST OF ALL IT IS NOT confined by the ethnicity or linguistic constraints of written or verbal language. No wonder we worship God with our music.