Simply reading the title of this article, you’d probably have no clue what I’m about to write unless you’ve heard of the songs to which they relate:
Father and Son – Cat Stevens.
Castles in the Air – Don McLean.
Whenever I’m feeling down or have thoughts spinning in my head, I listen to these songs as a way of clearing my thoughts before facing the world. This wasn’t always the case. There was once a moment in time that listening to these songs would evoke an emotional response that would send me into a spiral of sadness.
For some weird, biological reason, humans that feel down in the dumps develop a strong urge to listen to songs specifically designed to prolong their sadness. We’ve all done it. I’ve now mastered these emotions and can create positive feelings from these songs.
The power is within you to master your emotions and use them to propel you to greater heights.
Music is a huge part of everyday life. On the radio, on TV, in offices, even when we’re out for a walk, we hear music. Rap, hip hop, pop, folk, country, R&B, and grime, all use emotive language coupled with a rhythm designed to evoke an emotional response from the listener as they associate the words with aspects of their life.
For me, music was capable of evoking emotions and memories that would otherwise be hidden from the world. Most people, when they see or hear the word “emotion” they automatically think of bad times, and the aforementioned songs did indeed remind me of bad times; however, this assumption is a reflection of a world that associates emotion with weakness.
Showing emotion is not weakness; the weakness arises when you are unable to control your emotions and become engulfed by negativity. Positive emotions are very rarely spoken of as the world simply wants to focus on the negatives.
Music only evokes negative emotions if you cannot control your feelings.
This is the beauty of music and the strength of the human mind. Music allows you to pace yourself; beat by beat, lyric by lyric, until you transform the negative emotions into positive feelings. Songs may only be 3 minutes and 41 seconds, but it can take several years for the transformation to be completed.
As we age, we also have to grow as individuals and holding onto negativity stunts your growth. Pushing negative thoughts to the deepest, darkest areas of your brain for it to stay hidden away forever may be the easy option, but it’s also extremely unhealthy. You live with unresolved issues and there’s only so long they can stay in your brain before you erupt, spewing your darkness everywhere, impacting all those around you.
Transforming negativity into positivity helps give you control over your emotions, but this can only happen if you harness your inner strength. Being able to control what’s inside you gives you the power to control the world around you, helping you to achieve your goals without the fear of unresolved negativity scampering your success.
For me, music was the key to this transition. It’s the easiest way to connect with your inner feelings and is possibly the quickest way to evoke emotion.
I’ve got a dream I want the world to share, but my only flaw is that I am young.