How listening to music can help you find your muse
“MUSIC EXPRESSES THAT WHICH CANNOT BE PUT INTO WORDS AND CANNOT REMAIN SILENT”
Music can reach the part of the brain that words fail to penetrate and listening to it can help tease out different thoughts, feeling and emotions that you did not know were there. Music can also put you in a different mindset, allowing you to see things from a different creative perspective. Listen in and find your muse with music.
Turn it up!
“Hey man is that Freedom Rock?”
“Well turn it up man!”
As a kid, I remember watching the classic Freedom Rock commercial (you can still find it on You Tube) and laughing at it, wondering who in their right mind would want to buy a compilation of songs from the late Sixties and Seventies. To me, this music was cheesy compared to the Vanilla Ice’s and MC Hammers of my world. I lacked the understanding and perspective to understand that music could be so much more and could elicit thoughts and feelings beyond wearing big puffy pants and being “too cold, too cold.”
Now, I know better
While I still hold a special place in my heart for “Can’t touch this” and “Ice Ice baby”, I now know that listening to different types of music can bring up different ideas and emotions and open up new paths to creativity. For example, I remember going to the school gymnasium and listening to an orchestra play Mozart for the first time and being floored by the complex feelings of the symphony. Each instrument was a voice in a chorus singing, singing a song that lacked words yet nonetheless was saying something to me. To this day, I find that classical music, especially Mozart, speaks to the part of my mind where words fail, probing into the level of consciousness that listens to waterfalls and gazes into a fire. I find listening to it to be very calming and mind clearing, helping me think and form new ideas that I can bring to the creative table.
While classical music helps clear your mind and allows your synapses to fire more efficiently and has even been scientifically proven to help your plants grow, sometimes the thing you really need is a fist pumping boost. This is when I find myself listening to some hard and heavy rock and roll. This was the next music phase that I explored after I got sick of being “too legit” and soon found all the head banging and fist pumping to be very freeing. While the screaming vocals and rapid drums will not clear my thoughts, the raw sound touches me on a level that is most definitely primal, giving me an energy boost along with a different emotional mindset that I can put into what I am currently working on.
Now I understand why somebody might want to buy something like Freedom Rock: classic rock songs from a time when the young people in this country rose up and fought the establishment. Thinking about it, I might even want to listen to it and immerse myself in the same feeling of freedom and revolution that those in the counter culture and peace movements were feeling at the time. I bet that I will end up being creatively inspired by them and find myself knee deep in new ideas.
Looking for your muse? Why not try listening to some classical, rock, classic rock, metal, rap, hip, dance, or trance music. Listening to different types of music can help bring up a different range of feelings and thoughts that you can utilize on a creative level. Next time you find your vehicle of creativity stuck in the slow lane, try tuning in to some music and see if can help give you boost to the fast lane to your muse. Tune in and then turn it up and find yourself making new creative connections by putting yourself in a different mindset that allows you to see your creative project from a new perspective.