Music and Happiness

I like to think that I’m able to appreciate all genres of music. From classical to country to rhythmic african beats. All sounds are music. Whether it’s considered good or bad is completely up to the listener.

It’s important to me that a group or artist are sincere with their music. I don’t like autotune (I bet most of you don’t), because it’s as if you’re attempting to disguise a bad basis wihtout truly improving it. Something that started out as bad doesn’t get better if you make it worse by adding more bad elements to it.

When I was in 6th grade in elementary school, I began feeling out of place (still do, at times). I didn’t have much in common with my peers. For example, I didn’t like their taste in music (think in the direction the early days of Rihanna); not that I refused to listen to their music, because I did. In various occasions, such as birthday parties, different social gatherings and school proms, I didn’t mind listening. But it was their music, not mine, and I wasn’t enjoying it.

I like classical music, because many pieces engage your inner emotions, not necessarily by words, but with melodies, sudden or natural pauses, etc. I’ve preferred instrumental music from a very early age, probably due to me playing the piano since I was six years old. I played the guitar for about two years when I was around 14, but stopped when I began high school due to a lack of motivation. Deeply regret that.

I don’t dislike the use of vocals. On the contrary, I like artists with strong voices that can properly carry a note. I find it impressive, especially since I myself can’t sing for the life of me. Eliminate the artists, both female and male, with squeaky voices, and I’m content.

Lyrics! Equally as important as the vocals. If it’s nonsense, it has to truly make no sense. Go all gibberish, make up words, à la The Sims. If I can’t hear what you’re singing about, I don’t like it, because I can’t hear you. If I disagree with what you’re singing about, I don’t like it either, because I don’t want to support you. Simple.

So I like music that sets the mood, that alters the atmosphere (for better or worse). I don’t worship a specific genre, groups or artists because of their image or their message. I try to look away from the artists’ appearance or looks, because I think it’s distracting from the music. Let the music speak for itself, as cheesy as it sounds .I am no music expert. I am merely trying to sort my opinions and taste regarding music.

I like to think that happiness is when you know what you want and like, and being able to satisfy your wants according to what you like… Hm, I need to work on my phrasings. (I’ve never been good with words.)

P.S. If you want to share your favourite music with me, I both scrobble and tweet.

Photograph by my friend Photography by Siri

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4 thoughts on “Music and Happiness

  1. Wow, I absolutely loved this post! It was so thought-provoking. I’m a huge music-enthusiast as well, and I’m totally on the same page as you.

    It’s really disappointing how prominent autotune is in vocal music nowadays. Even people who post YouTube covers often times use a few basic features here or there in GarageBand. Your comment about “bad elements” added to something that was already bad is really perfectly on point–it’s like the whole “two wrongs don’t make a right.”

    Nowadays, I think pop music is really … meh. Sure, some of it is fun to listen and dance to, but it’s hard to derive meaning out of any of it. It’s pieces like classical music that are really timeless and can allow you to delve deep into your thoughts. I quit a lot of my instrumental music at a young age–I regret that too.

    With that said, although you are accepting of all types of music, do you have a genre you favor in particular? (:

    1. Yes, yes, “two wrongs don’t make a right” was the exact phrase I was looking for!

      I feel silly when I listen to today’s pop music, mostly because of the dancing style that goes with it. I think too much over it, like “What would my grandmother say?” if she caught me listening/dancing to such music…

      In terms of genre, I would point myself towards rock, jazz, soul and funk. Though my general rule is music that I can introduce to my grandmother.

  2. I tend to listen to all sorts of music as well. I think what is important is the melody, and the feelings that someone puts into a song. That’s why I kind of love ballads the most, and in languages that are not of my own. I feel the raw power and like you, I don’t like autotune unless it’s an extra effect and the artist is using it such, but nothing as a main device. I much prefer that they don’t use it, but I realize it is a tool and if they don’t rely on it, then usually there is no problem.

    And cheesecake is joy! ^.^

  3. First of all, I must say, you have wicked sunglasses.

    I’m with you wholly on the thing where whether a song is good or not is up to the listener. I can’t pigeon-hole the songs I happen to like to specific categories. Yes, there’s general trends, but they’re really, really general. I’m fond of romantic-era “classical” music, though not all. I’m mostly into Chopin nocturnes, etudes, and songs that sound like Chopin nocturnes and etudes. But not all Chopin nocturnes, etudes, and songs that sound like Chopin nocturnes and etudes. I agree that classical music engages inner emotions, as you say, but I don’t think it’s necessarily through the sound. I don’t know if it’s just me, but sometimes just playing it (I’m a pianist) makes me feel better, even if I don’t actually like hearing the song all that much (though, it’s usually not exactly unpleasant). Or I could be the weird one, haha.

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