We as humans are born with a natural inclination to preference. This is true for every aspect of life. Be it food, personal style or music it is easy to for us to get caught up in our own habits. Everybody has a favorite artist, song, or album we feel particularly in sync with. It is important to remember that your listening choices are as infinite as the universe itself.
We know that music can evoke many different emotions. Sometimes you may find yourself feeding into your emotions through music and other times trying to combat your emotions. The more music we allow into our lives, the more we are able to understand ourselves. The human mind, being just as expansive as our music choices creates a match made in the heaven.
When we think back on great musicians throughout history from Beethoven to Hendrix, we must consider not only the music they created but also how they thought about music in their own lives. Hendrix said, “I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.” This has always been one of my favorite thoughts on music. Although he is speaking from a musician’s point of view it applies to the listener as well. It challenges us to see the big picture. If these musicians, who bring us such great joy through their music, are opening their hearts so widely to us, we must open our ears even wider.
So today I challenge you to walk in their shoes. Put on a record a you wouldn’t necessarily find yourself listening to or change the radio station in your car on your daily commute. Music is all around us, waiting to be heard. You might just discover something new about yourself in the process.