Music and important events

Music and important events in our lives are inextricably linked!

In the video I ask Lex Bohlmeijer whether music acts as a conductor of emotion. He can relate to that!

There is no event in our lives that we do not associate with emotion. And certainly not the events that impress us. Strong emotions are often linked to important events such as birth, the love of your life and death. Music can evoke and even enhance that feeling of that important moment.

Our life starts with mom or dad singing us to sleep. Birthdays, Sinterklaas , Christmas, passion time and spring, we all know the songs that mark special moments and therefore special feelings. What would those special moments be without music?

Christmas songs trigger you

It’s the songs that stir up our memories of the time around Christmas. And act on our emotions.

For some, this is a nice experience and therefore provides a good perspective for approaching holidays. For another, Christmas music evokes a less enjoyable time during dark days. We notice one association between music and events when we hear the first Christmas song of the year. Its sounds make us long for an approaching Christmas. Or not, but whatever reaction, it is triggered by us by the specific Christmas songs. 

Music touches you. Or not!

Musician Erik Vlasblom is teacher, pianist, composer and musical accompanist of Dana Winner, Seth Gaaikema, Toon Hermans and Robert Long. He can look back on years of knowledge across a broad musical spectrum. 

In this search for what exactly music is, we will examine what predominates in an expert like Vlasblom. His statement: music either touches you or it doesn’t!

Surprisingly enough, Vlasblom believes that being deaf in itself is not an obstacle to being able to make music. After all, when Ludwig van Beethoven became deaf at a later age, he could still compose. That is, composing music in his head and putting it on paper so that musicians could perform it. And Mozart proved to be able to write down the music he had in his head flawlessly in one go. And…classical music turns out to be sexy!

Meanwhile, we can also recognize that music is an art form in which sounds are produced in a certain rhythm.

That’s one definition.

Effects of music on humans!

Sounds form melodies that surround us every day. A whole lifetime. It’s so common that most of the time you don’t even notice. But it does everything to us.

The popular neuropsychologist Erik Scherder finds so much scientific evidence of how positively supportive this music would be for body and mind that he shouts from the rooftops to listen to it. Above all, he recommends singing and dancing together. He sees this as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Further benefits he mentions:

  • rhythm encourages movement
  • singing stimulates the brain
  • making music stimulates our knowledge and coordination functions
  • listening to music relieves pain

Why do you have a particular preference for a particular type of music? You like one song and not the other (which is very similar)? What determines that you like to hear a piece of music? 

There are demands that you (unconsciously) place on music that you love. 

Something new and something old

First of all, it must be recognizable and at the same time contain something new. Something new with something old. That means you must have heard similar music, but also be able to be surprised by something new in it.

This explains that the music taste of our parents is usually not far from what we find beautiful ourselves. And that we have a preference for certain bands, composers or musical styles. And often feel emotionally connected to that throughout our lives. We tend to hold on to that.

This manifests itself in having a favorite channel, being a fan of a band, or collecting all the work of a composer.