What would life without music be like?
This is a question that none of us could fully understand the answer to, for music has always and will continue to be an integral part in our lives.
It seems that music is as vital to some of us as air is.
Walking down the streets of UConn, you can see the majority of people carrying around their phones with headphones in their ears. We use music to soundtrack our lives, and frankly, sometimes we need it to get by.
With the indifference that life can sometimes cast upon us, music is always there to remind us why we keep on keeping on.
If you were to put yourself in a context like a breakup, the loss of a loved one, or simply partying with friends, could you imagine yourself getting by without the familiar comfort of your music?
Not only is it what makes us feel alive, but it has been the pinnacle of culture.
When looking across cultures among centuries, music has been a relevant part of people’s existence.
Over the years, music has influenced generations of people, given a voice to the invisible and helped rally movements across the world.
The types of music a culture creates signify who those people are and what they represent.
From urban jazz during the Harlem Renaissance as a creative outlet for African Americans, to rock and roll at Woodstock as a symbol of peace, music has lead the trail in human development.
It can be a sign of protest, “The Unknown Soldier,” by Jim Morrison and the Doors (1968); as well as peace – “Imagine,” by John Lennon (1971).
So this begs the question: Why is music so important to us?
According to Discovery News, listening to music causes the release of the “feel-good” neurotransmitter dopamine in our brain. The neurotransmitter is involved in both addiction and motivation.
“You’re following these tunes and anticipating what’s going to come next and whether it’s going to confirm or surprise you, and all of these little cognitive nuances are what’s giving you this amazing pleasure,” said Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal.
There is an innate biological element to our connection with music. We seem to have been born with the innate desire to have it in our lives.
Music, along with other art, can elicit feelings that words sometimes cannot reach.
Whether the lyrics represent exactly what you’re going through at the moment, or if the melody can capture what words fail to convey, music has a way with explaining sense into our fluctuating world.
Music can make us feel understood, comforted, and alive. It has been vital for our existence and the flourishing of culture.
So again I beg the question, what would life be without music? Or is music as integral to life as any other necessity?