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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Music Editorial March 2009


Music Editorial from March 2009

As Entertainment editor, I sometimes find it hard to find relevant story topics to offer writers. “Entertainment” can be such a fickle topic, it really depends on the reader as to what entertainment actually is; and with a high school as diverse as Sycamore, it can be difficult to determine what everyone can enjoy. Entertainment is usually broken down into a few main categories when it comes to the actual news world: celebrity gossip, music, movies, and….books? Sometimes. However, celebrity gossip is a fluffy topic. And I like to think our readership is above poring over these so-called scandals. In my opinion, I see entertainment as a heavily musical subject. It is a subject that is always gracing the entertainment page, because the power of music is universal, and well, entertaining. Whether you listen to The Beatles, T.I. or Sugarland, music has one thing in common. It is powerful. And it affects those who adore it in so many different ways.

Studies have shown that music helps reduce pain and stress. Listening to one song can easily and efficiently change your mood, as I found some marathon runners listen to pop music because it stimulates them to run. Think about it. Pop songs are usually upbeat and enticing, so, it makes sense. Sport psychologist Costas Karageorghis was quoted for NBC as saying, “A lot of athletes use music as if it’s a legal drug.” All in all, music changes lives, whether you’re a musician or not, and this effect can happen to everyone.

And how I can I leave out the obvious mystique of a good love song? We all know them; the sappy ones that are played at school dances or the ones that remind us of someone else or remind us of the past can have entirely different effects. Writing your feelings down in the form of a song can help in a healing process. You can even purchase relaxation mixes to help you sleep at night.

Music is regularly found in churches, movies, and television sitcoms. Even a simple little commercial jingle is something that can “get stuck in your head” for a long period of time.

Classical music, even if you don’t listen to it, is stated as being essential to building better memory in the brain. We also know that sometimes, music can find the right words when we’re not sure what to say. Nursing homes can even hire music therapists! By helping to alleviate everyday problems such as stress and depression, the effects of simply thinking about the music you are listening to can be astounding.

Musicians themselves are also perceived as very important characters in society. Through the magic of Hollywood, girls see that maybe the high school garage band types are the most sentimental and admirable. Girls are fawning over groups such as the Jonas Brothers (whether or not you actually consider them to be “music”). And as for the guys? They can be shown through Hollywood stereotypes as well that maybe girls do like guys that can play guitar just a little bit more than the Average Joe.

Children that grow up in homes that are constantly playing music, such as me, do appear to have a fonder appreciation for it later in life. Looking back, I realize now that I always have a background track to my life. Music has always been there for me, even though I’m not a musician, and I will be listening to it well into my life. Great conversations and debates are always formed from this topic; I find I can talk about music with anyone for a length of time.

So, the next time you’re listening to your favorite song, consider it more deeply than usual. What is it about that Taylor Swift song that tugs on your emotions? Why do you prefer bands like All That Remains, while your best friend would rather listen to Lady Gaga? (It’s a stretch, I know.) And can you classify someone by what they listen to? Can someone be “emo”, “punk”, or even “preppy” based on their musical preference? And what about those like me, that honestly listen to a little bit of everything? What does that say about their personality? There are so many things still left to consider when it comes to how you respond to music, and however you do, it is something that will forever change your life.

1 comment:

Homesick Alien said...

I agree with what you say throughout the post... but I wonder the same... if music absolutely classifies you, what kind of person am I if I listen to virtually every style...?

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