Music is a time capsule and a time machine
We all connect to songs. We have our favorites. We have playlists for moods. Sometimes it is soothing, sometimes invigorating, and sometimes it is melancholic. It is the soundtrack to our lives.
The thing I love about music is that it is it’s own language. I listen to music from all over the world and even when I don’t understand the lyrics or the language I can still get a feel for a piece by it’s ‘vibe’. We allow music to speak for us and to bring us together in our eagerness to share what really touches us or to try to share something very personal through a certain piece without having to actually say anything.
The amazing thing about music is that it is like a time capsule or a time machine. The first time you listen to a new song you are building a container for that piece. Every time thereafter you either hear it or play it you encapsulate the emotions of the moment and weave it into the song, thereby creating a gateway into the past.
Songs have a way of transporting you back to when the feelings attached to them were the strongest. I can listen to a song and remember smells, cast of light, where I was, how I felt and what I was thinking. It’s what I imagine traveling through time is like but only as an observer to the younger self.
When I started to face myself and deal with my past traumas I made a point of switching the kind of music I was listening to. I made a playlist of songs that had an either calming and peaceful feel or upbeat and light. Even though there were days I didn’t very much feel that way I made a point of sticking to listening and over time it also helped change my perspective.
Everything you consume plays a part in your life. It isn’t just the food you eat and the air you breathe but what you choose to read and listen to also have affects you may not realize. Try not to wallow for too long in emotions that bring you down but instead face them and ask why and allow yourself to heal through your own creativity.
So what are you waiting for? Go allow yourself to be transported for a time. It’s a free trip. Close your eyes, breathe in and exhale and just allow yourself to really listen. Maybe even tap your toes along or cry out some residual tears.