Where the Words Leave Off, Music Begins

I love music.

Any day, anytime, anywhere; music lifts my spirit.

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend, he wanted to know what accessory I couldn’t do without or which accessory must complete my look; he was like for some ladies, it is either their bag, or a piece of jewelry or shoes, I thought for a couple of minutes, and replied “my ear phones”.

I frequently visit the Billboard chart to keep up with the latest news on artists, when I run out of artists I like I check Wikipedia for the latest album on the genre of music I prefer. The Lyrics also play important roles; some of my write ups are based on the lyrics I have pondered on.

I had an emo phase when I was younger, it started from Rihanna’s Rated R album cover, I had black make up on, nothing appealed to me expect black, had an emo playlist, (artists such as: Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Helena, Green Day, just to list a few). This went on for like six months. I eventually branched out to other genres of music.

Okay by now you get the picture, lol. Trust me, if you listen repeatedly to a particular genre, it consciously or unconsciously registers it in your memory. Whenever you have a feeling of nostalgia, especially when it’s a song you haven’t heard in a while, maybe on the radio, you remember not only the lyrics of the song (maybe not back to back sha, lol) but some memorable event that occurred during the time of the song; perhaps a break up, loss of a loved one, time you first did drugs, or had sex.

The music one listens to determines one’s mood, (some psychiatrists play music when they are in a session with a patient) which is why it is very important for one not to drown themselves in a particular genre that conjures some negative thoughts especially when one is sad or depressed. Personally, I advise upbeat songs when one is sad, genres of music such as Pop, Inspirational, Electronic, Highlife.

Nevertheless, there are some days that all you want to do is curl up and listen to Blues or Classical or Country or Spoken Word, those days are allowed my darling, my two cents opinion on that is; there is time for everything, not every time up tempo sometimes slow and serene beats.

You can also infer someone’s temperament through the genre of music they prefer. For example, researchers found that people could make accurate judgments about an individual’s levels of extraversion, creativity and open-mindedness after listening to ten of their favorite songs. Extroverts tend to seek out songs with heavy bass lines while those who enjoy more complex styles such as jazz and classical music tend to be more creative and have higher IQ-scores.

I would have suggested some artists; but because majorly of individual differences, what I prefer may not be exactly what you would like, when it comes to music you have to express yourself. It is very difficult for me to pick a favorite artist or song, although there are artists, that must under any circumstance feature in my playlist; examples are Asa, Adele, Coldplay, Hans Zimmer (any soundtrack this guy makes I fall in love with), Hillsong, Lady Antebellum, Pink, I can go on.

“Music is life.
Music is therapeutic.
Music is the universal language of mankind.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without — Confucius, the book of Rites.

Where words leave off, music begins.” — Heinrich Heine


Contributing Writer Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative

Originally published at Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative.