I recently had a discussion with a colleague about the power of music. It made me draw a comparison between the power of visual design versus the power of music. We both agreed whilst they are similar in seeking to stimulate your senses, music has the upper hand with an ability to evoke a stronger set of feelings at a more frequent rate and to greater emotional depths.
With music there seems to be such an intense connection between the people who get a similar experience from the same sound waves. The amount of momentary best friends I have made due to one chorus at a music festival is countless.
It occurred to me that a large percentage of older generations aren't willing to listen to new music, snuffing the nose at the first sound of a synth, and turning their back on the deep bass of a brand new electronic song. They have unknowingly fallen into a sonic-safety-net.
Why is this? Why do so many parents and grandparents seem to stick to what they know? Especially with music. Is it for the same reason that younger people (stereotypically) don't want to listen to old music and watch old movies? I can't think of (m)any of my friends that love Mozart and listen to his albums tirelessly. There is only a handful of people older than 50, that I can talk to about new music - but with the ones that I do, there seems to be something fundamentally different about those people.
Of course I'm generalising here (by here I mean this entire piece of writing) m, but it doesn't seem to be the same with movies. Everyone wants to go to the cinemas to see this years blockbusters and Pixar movies. There is no one that I can think of personally that will only watch old movies, all the time with a disregard for anything released in the last 10 years. My grandma has watched finding Nemo, and cried whole pools of tears when watching UP.
Recently there has been times where I have listened to new music and an ice cold chill goes through my body, my hair standing up (Maribou state's album for example immediately connected to me) and I just want to relay that same emotional experience to someone else. There's something about introducing someone to new things and seeing their eyes light up when they can't believe how good it is, be it music, food a good book or any other perceivable experience. It's relating to these experiences together that can create incredible bonds.
This happens mostly when you're young, you find a few genres you like and you get stuck in that labelling trap. One of the most common things I hear when discussing music with people it " Oh, I didn't listen to country" or "I listen to everything but rap" - and that's a result of constraining their taste to a vacuum. .... You can't discredit an entire spectrum of music 'cause you weren't into a bit of it. - kaptainkristian
I have heard enough of Jimmy Barnes and The Eagles to last a life time, and Ultimately while it's good to listen to classics to understand the history and how/why we got here - not to mention the song alongs because everyone knows every word - I think we should be aiming to expand our interests and tastes all the time, in everything we do. People say travel broadens the mind, but I'm starting to think new music can do that too - so go and show a friend your latest discovery. And let's start trying new things in all aspects of life.
Here's a song that I would like to show you: Maggie Rogers, Alaska.
(I found this through a video on Reddit where Pharrell is supposed to critique it, but instead sits there in awe)
Thanks for reading - until next week! (p.s that's 4 in a row now)