The Power of Music
I recently heard a tune that spurred some deep thinking about the influence of music. The tune that I am referring to is the perfect combination of badass and beautiful; electronic structure and unrestrained human expression:
I just cannot get bored of this song. There is one point which always makes the hairs all over my body stand up, my stomach knots up and I am filled with anticipation: exactly 3:08 in. I find it absolutely amazing that music can elicit such a physical response. Even if this music doesn’t appeal to you personally, I imagine that you could envisage how this might speak to me. Its uniqueness at least can be widely appreciated.
Some music however, holds a very specific meaning for an individual. Take this tune for instance:
I had just broken up with the woman I loved, because I had deep feelings for somebody else. The vocalist in this song reminds me of that somebody else. It speaks to me at such an emotional level as it prompts the memory of me walking out into the sea, under the influence of the crushing depression that enveloped me, unable to carry on.
Providing the tune’s loud enough, it conjures up such a strong emotional response that at exactly 3:16, I roar with raw passion every time I hear it.
Another tune with a very specific meaning, personal only to me, is:
It appeals to only a fraction of the audience that the first tune does, but to me holds deep significance.
A friend had DJ Gammer do me a mix, to be played while I was in my coma. This tune featured. Then, when I was in rehab, my Occupational Therapist randomly posted this tune to my Facebook. It was playing when I updated my status for the first time since my attack. This was when I wrote, “I refuse to lose”. This tune became the theme to my recovery, associated with the feeling of I’m gonna do this.
Nine months later, I was listening to this tune being played by DJ Gammer himself, in Spain. To top it all off, I then had dinner with him!
The physical response that this tune is now able to elicit is off the charts. I wrote a post recently about channelling anger. Imagine that you have a sea of anger in your soul, and carve rivers to channel this to serve as motivation in completing specific objectives. I find the right tune, such as this one, opens the floodgates to this sea, causing a tidal wave of passion. If you happen to get this mid exercise, you go into “beast mode” and temporarily cannot be restrained. It’s an almost “out of body” experience, where you are basking in euphoria, with almost unlimited energy at your disposal.