Since before birth, I’ve been exposed to music. People my age think about music differently. Some think it’s a complete waste of time, some would prefer to go off playing video games or sports, and some, such as me, are somewhat moulded by the notes, by the combination of different sounds, feelings, energy. Music makes me happy, and that’s all there is to it. I listen to a lot of music, varying from EDM, to punk/rock, to classical, and to indie. But it doesn’t stop there, music can change people’s lives.
When I go on YouTube and listen to music, I see that the type of comments differ depending on the genre of music. For example:
- For classical music, the people’s main comments focus on where to find sheet music, the style or technique of the composer/performer, the affect on that person’s studying or work, etc.
- For rock (1990s to early 2000s), the comments get nostalgic. The people seem to miss the kind of music that was written and played by the actual artists and not some big record company. They remember their own “Teenage Rebellion” days, when this was the type of music they’d listen to and their parents would scold them for “being too loud,” and that they were “going to become deaf”.
- For EDM, the comments are mostly critique on how the composer could improve “The Bass Drop” and also compliments on that part of the music.
- For screamo, metalcore, post-punk, etc. the comments range from “Hate” originating from the more closed minded percentage of the human population to comments stating that the song had saved their life.
- And for indie/alternative music, the comments are mainly compliments on the different instruments used or the type of vibe the music creates.
Being a teenage girl in the 21st century, there seems to be more judgement regarding what music I listen to. Personally, I prefer listening to faster, more dynamic music since it energizes me and my happiness level dramatically increases. However, some may prefer to listen to slower, simpler music as it calms them. However, people are happy both ways.
Before I had really discovered music, I was only open to listening to classical music and Linkin Park. Though Linkin Park still continues to be my favourite band, I’ve been more open to different genres of music as well.
As a result of becoming more open-minded towards the other music genres which I don’t necessarily listen to all the time, I’ve learned not to insult one’s music taste. I really don’t see why music taste should be insulted. In my opinion it’s a part of someone’s life and insulting it wouldn’t necessarily make that person stop listening to that music, it’d make them stop listening to the person who had insulted them.
Through music, I’ve begun to look at life a different way, I’ve begun to change the way I see my connections with people, it’s helped me through pretty tough times. But then, I don’t bother listening to music that would intentionally make me sad, as I don’t see the point in that as my main goal in life, besides world domination, is to be happy.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that music can affect the way people think and maybe even live. Though there are different opinions regarding music and its respective genres and sub-genres, it seems that it’s a unanimous agreement that without music, a big part of culture, personality, and identity would be obsolete.
NO MUSIC = NO LIFE