Emotional Listening: Do You Enjoy the Music or Understand the Lyrics?
I love Tumblr. I don’t have an account, but I routinely visit certain (and sometimes random) Tumblr blogs just to look at cool pictures, read inspiring quotes, or find some fitness motivation.
(I know the “fitspiration” trend is a somewhat controversial, but personally, if the picture is of some healthy food or a fit person working out or playing a sport, it gets me motivated. Sorry.)
When you’re happy, you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.
Wow. How true is that?
I mean, sure, whether you’re happy or sad you hear both the music and the lyrics.
Yet, when you’re happy — when you’re content and satisfied and even excited — you jam to the tunes. You dance or just nod your head to the beat. You smile and crank the volume and sing along.
There’s no real room for serious reflection; sure, you might hear a lyric here and there and thing, “Yeah! That’s me! Life is great!” but you don’t really contemplate it. You just enjoy it.
When you’re feeling down, though, and you’re listening to music, not only do you hear the lyrics but you also listen to them. You think about them — what they mean, how they apply to you, how they apply to the world. I think this is especially true of sad songs. Just as you do with happy songs, you relate to the music and the lyrics, but you do it on a much deeper, more introspective level.
Sad songs also help you realize you’re not alone; if there’s someone out there who can write those words and notes, then there’s someone out there who’s felt the way you’re feeling.
How true is this for you, readers? Which happy songs do you enjoy? Which sad songs do you understand?
Sparks, A. (2013). Emotional Listening: Do You Enjoy the Music or Understand the Lyrics?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 3, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2013/04/emotional-listening-do-you-enjoy-the-music-or-understand-the-lyrics/