Saturday, April 12, 2008
MUSIC IS MY DRUG
I was feeling a little blah and down in the dumps the other day and sought refuge in what is almost guaranteed to take me to my happy place; a well crafted and engaging piece of music. It amazes me actually that music still has such a powerful ability to influence my moods in a very immediate, direct and measurable fashion.
Often I can go to really dark places with just the right ominous soundtrack to induce a momentary spell of nihilistic brooding, and other times the right jangly little diddy can elevate my happy mood and make me even more giddy and excitable than usual. It is as if the patterns in a well penned song have the capacity to re-wire my brain momentarily, opening up new pathways of consciousness.
Case in point, I was listening to the newest Goldfrapp album and stumbled on the track "Happiness" (check out their myspace page to hear the song). I played it a few times consecutively and found myself entranced and immediately hooked . I was momentarily addicted to the song and a few thoughts crossed my mind;
1) If I was starting a cult this would be the perfect theme song , 2) Before actually seeing it I had an urge to bounce around like the bloke in the video while listening to the song, though I realized that grabbing my iPod and jumping around my workplace would result in either a strongly encouraged "temporary leave", or an intervention from my colleagues (appropriate since we are all social workers).
The song actually elevated my mood and I had it stuck in my head all day, which I know is a bit ironic in light of the slightly tongue and cheek nature of the song. Regardless, it did have an impact. You owe it to yourself to give it a spin, or at the very least watch the outrageous video. Just remember not to accept the kool-aid from the bouncing man and you will be fine.
What songs give you a buzz?