As a great lover of music, I have often marveled at the relationship between music and the mind and how certain situations in life seem to call for different types of music.
I sat down one day to think about all of the different styles of music that I like and occasions in life when they are appropriate or even seem to help me, and what I found was very interesting.
I had once read an article that talked about music and the mind and how classical music can actually help you prepare for a test. I can’t remember exactly what the correlation was, but I tried it myself while studying and found that it did seem to help me to concentrate better.
Even to this day, when I am working on a big project, I will put on some Mozart or Grieg and get to work. My friend Eddie said he used to like to listen to classical music to get to sleep at night, and almost always found that it did the trick for him.
On the flip side of that, whenever I am lifting weights, I always try to listen to heavy metal or hip hop. I am not sure what the relationship between music and the mind is in this case, but I think it has something to do with the hard-driving, aggressive nature of both styles that really gets your adrenaline pumping and helps you to push through.
I don’t think I could ever listen to classical music during a weight-lifting workout, or heavy metal while trying to study or absorb something.
Whenever I am out with my wife, I always want to hear opera or jazz. There seems to be a romantic element to these styles of music that is not necessarily apparent in other genres. Both are relaxing to me and are not difficult to talk over.
Another type of music that I really like is country, and I have found that when I am working out in my yard, I like to listen to that. I am not sure if other people have that type of feeling, because I have never known anyone that did, but for me, I like the feeling of being out in the fresh air, working hard, and listening to country music.
The relationship between music and the mind is an interesting one. What is it that makes one kind of music perfect for one situation, and completely inappropriate for another? I am not sure if I will ever understand why we tend to associate certain styles of music with certain activities, but I do believe that music enhances just about everything we do.