By MIKE PODSEDLY Published in Smoke Signals August 2020
Last month I discussed the phenomenon that certain music creates vivid memories of our personal life events. But what about the rest of the music that we like to listen to? A key motive for listening to music is to influence one’s emotions. This is precisely what the Inside The Gates Radio team has tried to create and with some outstanding feedback from our listeners...we believe we are on the right track.
You don’t need to be a professional musician to feel the positive, transformative effects of music. A recent global survey by consumer electronics company Sonos interviewed 12,000 people across 12 countries and found that listening is essential to human happiness, and that music might be the key to reducing stress, improving productivity and being healthier.
More than half (54 per cent) of respondents said that music had made them either laugh or cry unexpectedly, and three out of four respondents said they listened to music to reduce stress. Another 52 per cent said they were happier when listening to a favorite song, and that music helps boost their mood at work (58 per cent). If you have ever listened to music and found yourself in tears, or sensed that something has shifted inside of you, it’s because that piece of music has resonated with you.
The Sonos-led study reflected this – one in three respondents said they used music to help them think of new ideas when they were stuck and that it inspired them to do great work. And the fitness-focused know that fast-paced music can have a direct link to performance, with 81 per cent of respondents saying they used music to help them meet their fitness goals.
“Music has a huge power to transform our lives in many different ways. One of the key things is emotions – it helps us express ourselves, often things we are not able to express with words. And it helps us reduce stress. We all need that,” music therapist Esther Wong says.
Music has a variety of noises and factors that can have you experiencing any of these moods and much more. Music has a practically limitless number of moods. The cerebellum is highly activated by our favorite songs, triggering increased blood flow to the legs. This may be part of why dance is so closely associated with nearly every genre of music. The region of the brain most impacted by almost every type of music in the world is also the area that makes us want to move, even if this is just tapping our feet or bobbing our heads. Listeners to our live shows have expressed that they do indeed dance and sing along to the music.
With the explosion of personal speaker and headphone products, listening to music is a much more private experience than ever before. Access to music has never been easier due to streaming. Rock music with its wide range of sounds has actually been shown to have a hugely positive impact among listeners. Researchers have observed that sad music acts as a kind of catharsis for sad listeners, which explains why we are drawn to the genre when we're feeling blue. Many people make thoughtful choices when selecting a song, artist or genre to suit certain moods and situations. Inside The Gates Radio has simplified your choices by having a cache of the best rock music ever recorded. All these tunes have been thoughtfully assembled and are available with a mere click.
In sum, music is capable of rousing both emotional and physiological responses. Music even works more rapidly and intensely upon the mind than any art, because it requires so little conscious reflection.
Inside The Gates Radio is generally associated with Rock music as a quick descriptor of the music played. The content of the station’s library is a bit more complex and eclectic. The sub-genres experienced while listening to the song rotation at any given time can include Hard and Soft Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Swamp Rock, Pop Rock, Country Rock and even Jazzy Rock. All this is available without any effort by the listener.
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