Music, ceol, hudba, call it what you want, it’s always something that regardless of cultural differences and preferences is something that brings us together. Depending on the type of music you listen to you can always find a song or something that really resonates with you and totally gets the feeling and moment and captures you. To me that’s almost any Rise Against song. If you know the artist I’m talking about, you know that the lyrics they provide are no doubt pretty damn awesome. If you don’t, I suggest you look into them, i wont tell you what type of music they are cause honestly…you hear a genre and sometimes it’s automatically put into the “nope” pile we all have somewhere in our little thinker box thingy, right? i usually stuff various other things in there. Rarely music, and if it is, there is a good chance it’s just country music. Sorry to all the country music lovers I’ve just offended. I assure you it was….on purpose.

Ever been feeling really down and thinking about all the possibilities life has to offer?or maybe over analyzing something in your head to the point you almost hate it? listen to a song. Or maybe you’re just feeling really good in the morning after sleeping for 2 hours due to the fact you can’t sleep and have hit that limit when your body can’t function due to watching too many cat videos into the wee hours of morning and now you’re just lying in bed thinking about what you have to do today. music can be a great motivator to get you moving,and get your energy levels up! Regardless of being tired. Or at least that’s what ive found in my experience. (minus the cat videos….) it really comes down to the type and frequency you listen to music too. it’s not just something to make you feel good or get you moving, it’s helped me on random occasions to remember something i completely have no use for… like math. when does anyone wanna remember how you got the answer right to that one question in grade 5 that stumped everyone and you remembered it only cause you thought listening to “skater boy” by Avril lavigne was cool since she also skated? actually now that i think about it that’s pretty cool she skated…i wonder whatever happened to avril…uhh…


Regardless if it’s the math equation or maybe that show that always had a catchy theme song, music has a way of always being at the forefront of everything and always changing. recently the whole EDM scene has blown up and some might wonder whats so cool about just random drops, or screaming artists and whatever. but that’s exactly what draws people in, for them, the drop or that random frustrated artist that s letting them enjoy this new piece of work of theirs understands them. gives them what they NEED to relax or get excited and forget their worries for the duration of that song or whatever they are currently experiencing. personally for me, ive found that if im feeling down or something and i have a song i have memorized and can get into, it helps me forget the current problem or refreshes my mind enough that i might see a new way to tackle the problem that was bothering me two or three minutes ago. for example after “Eye of the Tiger” is over maybe you’ll decide one pop tart is good. not two. or maybe that one bowl of cereal was enough. these are serious issues that cause stress and anxiety guys and gals, trust me.

For me, music has always been a great escape. whether in school, work, at home or simply exploring the city through their +15s (fancy tunnel like hallways that connect the downtown core of Calgary, just allowing people to get from building to building.) it’s helped ignore the people and get caught up in your own little adventure. even times where i may think i need some quite time, there’s entire genres for just relaxing songs or instrumentals that help people calm down or focus or just take a nap. i love naps. just uh…just putting that out there. also, the platforms that you can use to access music these days are endless. anything from Spotify, to soundcloud, to iTunes, to google music store, to whatever Nokia phones used at the time and still do..? there’s always a way to get music and discover new music.

It can even help you during some hard times. i know when i went through some tough stuff in the past, listening to songs my friends and i shared interest in and enjoy helped me get over my struggle, and reminisce about the good times. A close friend of mine use to listen to Rise just as much as myself, and to this day that’s my reminder of our good times and everything we have been through. those artists words that created ever lasting bonds, the way the lyrics tied in all this emotion and intensity and everything…that really rings deep with some people. and sure it can help us during hard times, but even during good times. that is when some artist create such great hits that project their happy feelings directly into their listeners mind and lifts their spirits! on more than one occasion just simply listening to a song has taken me from being sad to full dancing mode.

the other thing about music that really surprises me is the fact sometimes we are limited to music due to language barriers, or the fact we can’t comprehend how different other cultures view music and such. on more than one occasion my friends have shown me songs that have been by different artists, and in a different langauge and i sadly quickly put it in the “nope” box. which ive later come to regret since ill hear it played later and i will be totally into it! the problem is sometimes our introduction to a new song itself has to be at a point where we are willing to just go with the music and not think too much about it, see sometimes we pre-judge music due to the fact its different. but play that song while your mind is distracted while you’re playing ultimate Frisbee with a group of friends? suddenly its the best thing you’ve heard because you aren’t over thinking or trying to put it in a category. so i encourage some of you to maybe put on some new music or something that you usually wouldn’t listen to and immediately get back to work, or get back to the task at hand. you might be surprised at how your brain processes that new song or that weird beat that you in the past would never care for.

Unless its country music. don’t even try. just throw your Nokia/iPhone/Samsung/computer/friend out the window. you don’t need that in your life.


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