What makes the musical experiences we have so significant?
Due to the way our brains react to certain sounds and create connections to other people, Music is capable of inducing emotions and bringing people unforgettable experiences. Hearing a song represents more than just listening to something, it can bring back memories or trigger strong feelings and emotions, it is even capable of moving you. All the different aspects of music contribute to the affect, the rhythm, the key, the lyrics. What makes these experiences you have had with music so significant, is the connection music creates, your emotions at the time you hear the music, and the way your brain perceives music.
Music has the ability to bring people together. From connecting to a crowd at a concert, to sitting next to a sibling and knowing all the words, you feel closer to those around you. The psychological aspect is because music can speak from the “soul”, where there are no words to be said music can do the talking. This may be good evidence that Psychology is a Pseudoscience because of an empirical take, but how else do we explain the phenomena? Music has brought people together in past cultures for spiritual connection, and is valuable to many religions. When hearing some music you feel a connection to the artist’s or artist, your experience becomes paralleled with theirs in certain feeling or events.
When music is played and the type of song matches the situation or feeling you desire, music can be your aid. “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” (Hunter S. Thompson) This quote puts the feeling into perspective. Depending on what your brain wants music can bring you there. If you want to dance and sing and connect with people you don’t know, play a simple pop song. If you want to fall asleep and relax play some mozart. If you simply just want to get your mind of things, play a song that makes you happy. The way music can act as fuel is all based on the dynamics of the song, what pitches and keys or notes played, determine what a certain person will feel and perceive. This can be a more psychological interpretation because people perceive songs differently, happy to one can be sad for another this is because we associate certain songs with moments in our lives.
The time at which you hear a song can greatly increase the emotion or feeling, due to the sensory experience. This is a more psychological and Neurological aspect of music. You naturally create sound waves during certain conditions. This means if a song contains these waves you are currently producing the feeling will be increased. On top of this, the way your brain processes music is quite a sensory experience, many areas of your brain are excited and are used to understand what we are listening to. Music is proven to help many psychological conditions along through therapy. It has such a prominent effect on your brain and emotions, that it creates these significant experiences.