Are you familiar with the cliché, You are what you eat? Well, the same holds true for music. You are what you listen to. According to a 2003 study conducted on over 3,500 participants by the University of Texas, your playlist is the gps into your personality. Yes, your playlist says more about you than the clothes you wear or the friends you hang with – it’s the most powerful form of self-expression.
To further that thought, studies led by Dr. Jason Rentfrow at the University of Cambridge discovered that by stating a preference for a musical style, many of us appear to use music as a “badge” to tell people about our personality and values.
Heriot-Watt University Researcher Adrian North agrees. North says that the reason people get so defensive about their music is because of how closely music relates to attitudes and personalities.
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.”
– Victor Hugo.
Even more profound, is the nostalgia that music creates. It stirs the soul and moves you through time. Music’s nostalgia has a way of evoking powerful emotions – even sending chills down your back . . . few things stimulate the memory the way music does. . . .
My Life is 100% Song Lyrics
At the start of the pandemic, I worked in a grocery store which played a variety of music on loop – including music from the 80s. . . Ah, the 80s! My coming-of-age soundtrack, filled with memories of the good, the bad, and the blissfully unforgettable. (Oops! I digress.)
Certain songs on this loop brought back many incredible memories. Some songs even made me want to cry (and on occasion, I did). Phil Collins’ Against the Odds holds heartbreaking memories. Other songs – like Prince’s I Would Die For You (remember Purple Rain?) and Sheila E.’s Glamorous Life – made me want to break into dance in the pasta aisle. Those two songs conjured up blissful memories of my senior year and weekends spent dancing all night at Brandie’s, Florentine Gardens, and Club 47. Senior year was that much more memorable because of music. I can honestly say that my life is 100% song lyrics.
That’s the beauty of music, it has a way of representing some of the most memorable elements of our lives.
If your life were a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack?