Whether it be ancient or modern war songs, oral folk songs, or even now with songs for entertainment, music has had an effect on the human species since the beginning of time. I believe that the music you listen to has an effect on your aura and mind, as in giving you energy and morale, affects your mood, or adjusts your view of the world and yourself. The music you listen to is important and after people are knowledgeable about it, they will see it too.
From sailor tunes to Viking war songs, music has boosted the morale of humans. “Seikilos Epitaph” is considered the world’s oldest musical composition from the heights of the Greek period, according to an article from History.com titled “What is the Oldest Known Piece of Music?” written by Evan Andrews on September 1, 2018. The song “Wellerman” is a sea shanty that was meant to boost the morale of the sailors, and there are so many more songs to prove that music has been affecting people for many millennia!
According to Sunwarrior.com in an article titled “Music, Energy, and Mood,” music affects your adrenaline levels, dopamine, and serotonin too! Listening to music at a faster pace can help amp you up for a game or just give you a mood booster, whilst music with a slower pace and tempo can calm down your aura. In addition, an article found on Statepress.com states music with a happy tone can help reduce anxiety and stress!
In an article found on CNN.com titled “How can music change the way you feel and act?” people who listen to music often, as well as participate in musical activities, such as singing and dancing, tend to be in a happier, upbeat mood compared to those who don’t. Also, according to Bihsnews.com in an article named “How Does Music Affect Our Lives?” listening to music with a sad vibe can slow down your production of dopamine, making you sad, whilst listening to music with an upbeat vibe will increase the dopamine production!
Blog.sonicbids.com with an article titled “What Kind of Impact Does Music Hold on Our Society?” states that music has the strength to influence cultures and atmosphere. As many religions have adapted to telling stories and spreading faith by song, it is no surprise to say that music has greatly affected religion. As for the world, listening to music from different countries and cultures has proven to reduce racism as well as xenophobia.
So there you have it. Music is proven to affect people, the world, and yourself. Music is a crucial part of my life, and I’m glad for the opportunity to share it with others. Music is its own language, and when more people recognize that, the more beautiful music gets, through tempo, vibe, and words, music has a way of controlling your emotions, your morale, and/or mood. It makes one think, “What will I listen to next?”
Kristina Biel is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of nine area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its 22nd year.