by Conscious Reminder
“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it”
Shakespeare wasn’t far from the truth when he pointed out the essential role music plays in our lives. Given the modern life with its complexities and pace, music is fast becoming a refuge away from such tension. The phenomenon is nothing new though. Ever since classical times where Apollo was the God of Music, it has been noted that music wields the power to penetrate the soul. That music can heal us – mind, body and soul. Given the modern man’s stress, it’s time we actually revisited some tranquilizing numbers. Music that sweeps you off your feet and rejuvenates your soul.
So, Can Music Really Help Us Relax?
While you may actually be skeptical of this notion, there’s no denying music’s ethereal hold over us and its ability to shape our lives. The subtle chord changes, the tempo, the rhythm, and the harmonies. This is what affects the emotions, performance, and intentions of ourselves and those around us. Consistent scientific data has also lent strength to the belief that music often affects and improves our mood. For instance, a study conducted in 2002, noted that with consistent exposure to soothing music primary school students performed better at arithmetic. Aggressive music on the contrary had a negative influence on them. A study from 1998 showed that listening to grunge music increased levels of hostility, sadness, and tension. “New Age” music had varying results. “Designer Music” (music engineered for specific reactions) could improve mental clarity, care, and relaxation.
The very idea that music can be almost tailored to evoke reactions is what is unique about this idea. Here is a list of some of the best soulful and serene music. Music that aims to bring about calmness and peace within you. Quite unsurpassed anywhere else or in any forms of art.
The Sound of Music
l Marconi Union – Weightless: The first and undoubtedly best example of designer music. According to Shortlist, this song is “even more relaxing than a massage, walk, or a cup of tea”. The engineering behind the song was drawn from scientific theory to slow breathing and reduce mental activity. In fact, so potent was its effect that The Telegraph published a disclaimer warning drivers against listening to it while. Lest they should feel drowsy or fall asleep.
l Air Stream – Electra: Want some quiet music to chill out? This is the perfect track for you. While the phrase “quiet music” may come across as something like an oxymoron. However, that is exactly what describes this gem of a track best. Some viewers suggest playing the music at 0.5 speed (Settings > Speed > 0.5) for added meditative qualities, though there’s a lot to be said for listening at 2x speed.
l Enya – Watermark: Watermark was a runaway success upon release. With almost 20 million views on YouTube alone, Enya truly manages to strike a poignant chord. As a certain user puts it “We can live tens of thousands of miles apart, yet this music has the same effect on each and every one of us. It touches the emotions that we all share.”
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