I love music!
Yesterday… *grins* Christine went out for a meeting in the evening and I had a good 2 hours all, like ALL to myself! *more grins* Forgive me when I say this but, there are times whereby you appreciate or should I say, you enjoy things that you can do when you’re home alone… Well uhhh not exactly what Macaulay Culkin had in mind (or portrayed)… Used watching the Home Alone series when I was much younger… and the family always had a good laugh!
Where was I… Yes… 2 hours ALL to myself.
Something I love doing whenever I’m alone is… to blast music… Hahaha…
I’ve been exposed to… I think I can say all genres of music?
Believe it or not… I used listening to bands like Korn, Sepultura, Cradle of Filth, Rage against the Machine, System of a Down, Static X, even Manson… then there came another season when Da Rude seemed to be cool, so were Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, Nirvana, Oasis, Linkin Park and the list goes on… If the above means nothing to you, is OK… I’m old… I know… Hahaha…
I’m not promoting these either…
So 2 hours ALL to myself, I started blasting music that I used listening to… and it felt… good… played Korn, T.A.T.U., can’t miss out Coldplay, Oasis, etc. I don’t have a Home Entertainment System setup btw… just a 2.1 from AudioEngine.
FYI, 2.1 is about the setup of the speakers, 2 for the satelites (the smaller speakers or tweeters) and the 1 is for the sub-woofer. Home surround goes 5.1, you get the idea.
Then reflection came.
What… listening to music also can reflect?
Music affects you… Whether you like it or not… If you don’t like it, it simply means that you are not aware of it.
I realize that the many years listening to the different genre of music over the different seasons of my life, I was a different version of me… a different Abel How… The me you know of today, definitely wasn’t the me you knew few years ago… Yes, yes what you see comparing to what you saw may be similar (perhaps I’m slightly thinner now)… My personality was… different… I think it’s comparable to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…
I’ll share with you the why-s, and the how-s…
3 pointers… I choose S…
I find it amazing being able to recall lyric snippets of a song that I listened to… Whether it was just song played in the background as I was walking in a shopping mall, or songs that were intentionally played over YouTube or the radio.
Somehow the words stick!
Worse than glue… Cause when the words stick… They will start to speak to you.
You will find that your lifestyle changes.
You will also find that your emotions and how you look at certain things change too.
When you listen to songs, the song will start speaking to your sub-conscious mind. That’s when you start picking up words from a rather unfamiliar song. It’ll start harmlessly, unawaringly not threatening, lips synchronized to the tune (intentionally used tune), hands or feet tapping to the beat, then the awakening comes when you find yourself being able to sing to the song… even if it’s not the whole song… nor was it word-perfect.
Listen to a sad song, it will generally make you feel sad.
Listen to a metal song, it will generally make you feel impatient (the fast beats) or angry.
Listen to a love song, it will generally make you look out for such relationships, or expecting such a relationship.
Is true… Music speaks to you.
I was a very angry person. I used to raise my voice. I used to have a very bad temper. That was when, I used to listen to those kinda of music.
Music speaks… to you.
Being brought up in an Asian culture, it is quite common hearing remarks like (translated) “You’re useless”, “You’re stupid”, “You’re good for nothing”, etc. Remarks like these are offered freely, often naturally, whether at home, or in school, or should you come across a parent trying to discipline his/her child at the mall.
Remarks if used or said regularly, it will become habitual. And when you do something out of a habit… It will slowly shape you, precondition your mind, and the way you look at life.
Majority of people are able to sing. Even they are tone-deaf, out of tune, they are still singing. Many young people love to sing too. They normally sing to songs of their favourite artists, Ed Sheeren, Taylor Swift… you know what I’m talking about… and it affects them.
I’m not saying songs by the above-named artists are good or bad. Just saying that it affects its listeners.
You might notice this too that people dress-up to the kind of music they listen to. Some even try to dress up like the artists themselves. What they wear, they want it too, how they wear, they want it too.
Girls wearing high-waist shorts listening to K-Pop? Guys with piercings and ink on their bodies listening to metals? Girls with straps around their necks listening to love songs? Guys that dressing up looking like girls listening to K-Pop? (nothing against K-Pop)? Gothic looking/dressed guys and girls listening to metals or rock songs?
It’ll first shape your thinking, then it’ll affect your personality, finally your outward appearance.
Music shapes you.
I’ve heard of testimonies of people being demon-possessed through music they listened to.
I believe we live in a spiritual world.
I believe it’s easy for us to lower down our guards when we are emotionally unstable.
I believe when our guards are down low, furthermore we being unstable, it also opens another door that we don’t see – a spiritual door. For Christians it’s easier to identify when you suddenly find yourself in tears listening to Christian songs.
I used to see shadows when I was much younger. I used to see “things” moving in the dark. I used to feel I’m not alone when I’m in my room all by myself. That happened when I was exposed to a certain kind of music.
I see them no more now.
I’ll end by saying this… Be careful choosing what you put into your ears (especially the headphones, through which no one other than yourself knows, what you’re exposing yourself to)… which will then fill your mind… and how then it will slowly affect your heart.
PS: No… I didn’t spend 2 hours blasting music.