I was talking about music the other day with a close friend and we got onto the topic of organizing our listening pleasures. She told me she likes to put her selections into categories of mood and chooses her playlist according to how she is feeling or how she would like to feel. It is true that music can shift your mood as it is an expression of emotions and I also choose my music according to how I’m feeling.
Musicians are artists of sound. Composers and songwriters (poets) have a particular style, something that identifies them to the listener. Part of this style is the emotional tone that is incorporated into their works. One might use loud, crashing chords or muted strings or a simple melody with light accompaniment. A songwriter may wish to express longing, rebellion or love and the words and music will illicit those feelings in the listener.
We as humans are also identifiable by our style or personality and part of our personality traits come out in our general emotional tone. We can be recognized by the energy we hold or transmit. For example some people generally exude a happy or contented demeanor while others may be generally pessimistic, angry or proud, even fearful.
A composer or songwriter takes his manuscript and chooses his musical key or words to convey an emotional effect. As a musician grows so does his ability to express from a deeper level as he becomes aware of greater possibilities of harmonic depth, musical styles and instrumental color. He may choose to begin presenting a new style or bring a new emotion to his work and so he will consciously shift his perspective, see things differently and introduce a new aural sensation.
Our manuscript is our life and the song we sing is our emotions. As you grow in awareness and in consciously living your life you see you can choose your emotional voice as well as the tone and depth of it. You may have come to recognize that your general emotional tone and the way you express yourself is no longer how you wish to be and so you consciously begin to express and feel differently. As with any artist who is expressing differently it takes practice but soon you notice that more and more you are being more of that person whom you wish to be.
Look at the sheet music of your life and notice what you are expressing. Is this the song you wish to sing? Is it the true sound of how you desire your life to be heard and how would you sing it if you were truly expressing who you are?