by Helen Victoria
We experience our lives immersed in music. Songs float from radios. Televisions sing out inescapable jingles. Coffee shops offer us the latest trending albums to bring into our consumer consciousness. Bars and clubs feed music through the veins of their venues and out through open doors for us to absorb as we pass.
But what of the music we experience in our relationships, both romantically and in our friendships ? What part do these notes and chords play in the chapters of our own stories?
Our personal histories carry a wealth of music memories for each of us - for better or worse. Perhaps there’s a song in your memory that takes you instantly back to a moment that changed your direction entirely. Maybe there’s an album you can’t play without skipping back ten years emotionally. It’s tempting to feel such songs belong to us somehow.
Then there's the ‘our song’s’; the defining records of partnerships, friendships, and all that fall between each of those lines. Ever tried to forget someone that hurt you, only for a song you once both loved to play on the radio? No matter how much time passes, our associative reactions to sound remain the same.
So how can music contribute to the development of the relationships we experience, both romantically and with friends and family? How and why can rhythmic sound contribute to closeness?
Here are the 5 reasons you need to know about;
To negate music’s potential for bonding is to miss out on the incredibly sensory experiences that it offers. Science supports theses of its powers. But our human experiences are every confirmation we’ll ever need of its capacity for bonding. Perhaps even for love.
For isn’t music just another form of love? Have a listen out for it, next time you pick up an instrument, switch on the radio or play The Sound Cypher. It could lead you to more than you might imagine.
We've dedicated this section of the website to conversations about music! We will explore a variety of topics related to music and how it directly effects our lives. The pieces contained in this section have been independently authored and/or co-authored by people in The Sound Cypher community. We look forward to your commentary, submissions and insight on how music has influenced your life!