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.

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Posted on January 23, 2016, in My blog, Top Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.

  1. Music certainly can trigger specific responses in different people 😊

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  2. Music is the thread that ties everything together. It’s a part of who we are as beings. I am glad that you discovered how healing it can be.

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  3. Music evokes lots of memories for me as well.

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  4. It wonderful that you found music that speaks to you with such power.

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  5. I love RΓΈyksopp and Susanne SundfΓΈr! Her voice is amazing, her music is among the most played of my music.

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  6. More than any other art music effects people on so many levels – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritual. It has a lot of power.

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  7. Music can be so powerful. It instantly takes you back to a time or place or brings back special memories. πŸ™‚

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  8. Great post, Nick and thank you for sharing these music pieces which are so special to you. Music is so powerful and I feel certain pieces keenly – some so close to me and just the first few bars of a song will move me back years to a certain time, place, event. I love the first song here, beautiful and I am surprisingly taken with your last one.

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    • I really should have stuck with my initial blog post title of “Emotional T.A.R.D.I.S”. I agree, it can take you back and make you feel like you are experiencing this situation again. The last song is from the genre hardcore; people have a wrongful preconception of this. The part that really appeals to me is the copious euphoric melodies πŸ™‚

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  9. Nick, can understand how music evokes emotion on so many levels. I come from a musical family, many musicians, and have witnessed this. The look on their faces as they played is unforgettable. Thanks for sharing your deep thoughts on the therapeutic role music plays in your life. Happy Weekend! Elizabeth (aka Chryssa)

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  10. Wonderful!! πŸ™‚ Was reminded of a documentary I watched years ago (haven’t yet found the clip I soo wanted to share with you!) about a guy who was going to college to be either a composer or conductor – first day of one of his early classes, the teacher said, “If you want folks to feel sad, compose in this chord…if you want…” and he the light bulb went of for him, if emotions trigger chemicals, if chemicals can then either help or harm the body, then why aren’t we using music to heal? – and he got his music degree, then went on to become a doctor – πŸ™‚ I believe we ‘resonate’ with certain tunes because our body instinctively cries out, “YES! THAT! I want more of THAT!” – when a chord strikes the note of ‘balance’ within us – πŸ™‚ Did come across this clip – thought you might be interested in it if you haven’t already seen it – https://www.facebook.com/DAV/videos/10155706300375387/

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    • It is simply amazing how a combination of notes can make us feel such deep emotions. You’re absolutely right, I don’t think it will be too long before music is harnessed, to trigger physical reactions to achieve specific objectives πŸ™‚

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  11. Great post Nick! Music can be amazing and it is wonderful how powerful can be to bring up emotions, it can be a inner voice fulfilled of pulsations telling you your own story, music is a universal language and a wonderful Art I love music and I love to listen when I create my Art. Thank you for sharing your meanings behind these tracks I can see what you are talking about each track brings different emotions and and feelings and are very powerful πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend
    ❀

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    • It definitely is a universal language. A genre of music which always makes me feel quite emotional, is traditional Oriental music. I love listening to music from other cultures, it gives you a glimpse into their past. I am quite open-minded with music and there is not much I do not like. Apart from jazz and heavy metal!!

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  12. Amazing pieced, Nick! I love the combination of classical and modern music. That has another fascniation. There is a song for every situation and emotion in life and music can influence us so much.

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  13. you are so right, nick. music evokes such powerful emotions in people, and the response is so different for each person. something about music is so primal, we are helpless to resist, and who would want to ?

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    • Although I haven’t had chance to respond to this comment, I read it straight away when you posted. I have been thinking about it ever since. Noting times when it has indeed been a “primal” moment, how I wouldn’t swap this for the world, and am truly privileged to see this facet of my person πŸ™‚

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  14. Great post, Nick. Music is so personal and so powerful. People with Alzheimers who have seemingly lost the power of speech can sing the words of songs which mean something to them when they hear the music played. It is astonishing and we really need to make more of the power of music for all kinds of therapy.

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  15. Hi Nick, totally agree that music has incredible power.
    It’s such an individual thing and depends so much on connections in our minds and hearts.

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  16. Music can certainly have very powerful effects, both in stimulating memory and emotion. Works both ways for me too, and yeah having the right music when doing sport can help phenomenally towards achieving your goals! Even exceeding them, as you say. 😊

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  17. I love the Lindsey Stirling track, it uplifts and it makes you taller lol I`m only 5ft so that counts. I agree that music can take you places where you are invincible and you can fly. This piece does it for me every time.

    We saw them live in Whitby and when they played this song, we were all one, the whole hall raised their arms and became one with each other. It is a wonderful memory and when I play this song I am invincible and all doubts leave me.

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    • Ha ha, you’re funny! I can see why you like that tune so much; all you’d need to do is change the tempo and the beat, you’d then have songs I listen to! On this subject, did you know that Drum and Bass only came into existence by speeding up Reggae?

      I completely get what you mean about how music can unite a group of people. At a rave, when a certain tune comes on, you feel like one big family, deeply connected to everybody in that room πŸ™‚

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  18. simply beautiful, Nick. It reached into places that have been closed for weeks, and I thank you for making me feel something other than the mundane…

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  19. Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    Take a moment to listen to this music, soul food of the highest order!

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  20. Good piece, Nick. I think most of us have songs that bring an emotional response. I know I do. Well done. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  21. Great post Nick. All the best to you!!!
    I’ve used some music over and over and over to bring that feeling or memory back to me. I actually feel good, even if its a sad memory.

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  22. A great piece, Nick, I really enjoyed it.

    Music and words are such powerful things.

    Each, in their own unique ways, have the power to either make or break you. They can take you soaring through the clouds or they can invite you to deep dark places within your soul that you may not want to visit.

    They can make you laugh and they can make you cry, they can even make you wonder why?

    I live in a world consumed by both music and words…my world…and I am perfectly happy there.

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    • They indeed are powerful things. You can spend a lifetime trying to perfect how you wield them. You can never reach perfection, but why would you want to? There is perfection in imperfection; human creation can be beautiful compared to artificial structure.

      On my last comment, I figured out why although I wholeheartedly agree with most of your opinions, I find it empowering to acknowledge and appreciate dark memories. For instance, where I have just written my book and recounted some very dark times, I smile about what I have overcome πŸ™‚

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      • I truly hope that I never find perfection in words, music or anything else, for once we have found perfection, what else is there left to aim for? I, for one, will be satisfied in finding the beauty in our lives and will rejoice every single time my words touch somebody in some way.

        The darkness will always be lurking around in the shadows, Nick, and we must always remember them for they help you to appreciate the lighter times.

        Whenever the darkness raises its head, and it surely will do, never chase it away or hide from it. It is the reason that we are who we are. It is part of our make-up and should never install fear or doubt in us, but rather joy and satisfaction.

        I always say that we should wear life’s scars like medals as they are a living testament to all that we have overcome and survived in or lives…and we are still here to tell the tale.

        Stay well and keep up the good work, mate. πŸ™ƒπŸ™‚

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  23. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    Actually liked the first track, Nick – so my surprise! Music means different things to so many people. A lovely post.

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  24. Music is so expressive, it can soothe a fussy child, incite passion in a youth or settle a troubled soul. I silently thank musicians all the time!

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  25. Music can transport us to a different world. it can give the peace of mind… πŸ™‚

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  26. They say that our sense of smell is the one most connected to our memory. Yet the memories and, with them, the emotions we feel when we hear music can be so intense. But perhaps there’s more to it than that, because music can affect us physically as well, whether it’s feeling the bass beat in our bodies, or dancing in time (or pogoing, I’m not fussy), we connect with it in so many ways. Great post, Nick!

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  27. Thanks for sharing your music NIck. It’s really amazing how certain songs can transport us back to a specific moment in time. πŸ™‚

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  28. Music resonates with me in a big way. I’ve had a pretty stressful year and music has been my release. Great post.

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