i follow music

‘Without music, life would be a mistake’ Friedrich Nietzsche

Surprise, surprise – at least for many of you – I used to sing. In a small band,  choir, for fun and I have mastered karaoke. I don’t do anymore due to lack of time, maybe I simply gave up as I didn’t see any reason to follow that teenage dream of becoming an artist. In any case, I don’t sing but that doesn’t mean that music is not part of my life anymore.

Listening to music in the morning when I brush my teeth, on the bus to work, at work, after work on the bus, when I read, study… all day long. I sometimes listen to one artist for the whole day and sometimes completely different genres within few hours only. It depends on the mood, weather, my plans and mindset. Have I ever thought how does the music affect my life? Of course, I tried to analyze which songs I choose in particular cases. However, the more I thought about it, the more I failed and ended up in swiping the songs and turning off my playlist completely. It has confirmed – the choice of music needs to subconscious. Considering that, is there any particular impact that music has on our body or brain? Thank god for our beloved uncle google, who has opened the new door in front of me! So let me share with you some interesting facts about music vs. …

music vs. creativity

Do you remember your music lessons? The teacher asked you to close your eyes, played some classical music and then asked you to describe what you’ve seen. As a teenager I have always thought – what for? It appears there is a good reasoning behind this exercise; which, believe it or not, has actually stimulated your visual attention. Having said that, it appears that it actually does not only apply to pupils at school, but also stroke patients, that seem to have improved this ability while being exposed to classical music. Moreover, I believe that this stimulates your creative thinking and allows your imagination to expand – in the end it should not know any limits!

music vs. exercising

What about exercising? How many of you listens to music while jogging? Well.. maybe not me, as I am not friends with sport, however, I can tell that many of you does from what I see in parks etc. Not sure if it is connected with rhythm, motivational or aggressive lyrics and/or simply to have the feeling of time passing faster. The result is one – music does help us in exercising and as scientists confirmed (btw. why the use of word scientists with no other proof makes us all believe in it?;) ) it makes cyclists – cycle faster, joggers – jog faster and sleeper – sleep more.. no.. sorry, I was just thinking about myself…! Let me just quote:  A 2012 study showed that cyclists who listened to music required 7% less oxygen to do the same work as those who cycled in silence. Despite that I still don’t suggest cyclists to listen to music on the road!

music vs. our personality

The most interesting one for me. I don’t believe that it is 100% true though. However, let’s check yourself and for my friends… you can check my personality based on the list at the end of the post 😉

Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease

taken from – North, A. C., Desborough, L., and Skarstein, L. (2005). Musical preference, deviance, and attitudes towards celebrities. Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 1903-1914.

To close this post a small thing to share with you – Spotify has decided to make my TOP 2016 list and here you can find some of the songs that have been included. It seems I really like ‘following’ 😉

  1. Lykke Li – I follow rivers
  2. Arctic Monkeys – Do I wanna know?
  3. OutKast – B.O.B.
  4. Dawid Podsiadlo – Forest
  5. The Beatles – I’ll follow the sun
  6. Kanye West – All Of The Lights
  7. Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark
  8. Hugo – 99 Problems
  9. alt-J – Left Hand Free
  10. Tegan and Sara – Here I am

 

Maybe it is worth to give a little thought and check what your latest playlist says about your mood and attitude? Are you positive, sad or motivated? If you’re curious, last song on my playlist – Santigold L.E.S. Artistes.

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