Monday, November 7, 2011
Diversify Your Listening
I recently had a conversation with a friend about the kinds of music we listen to and how it can affect our outlook and decision making. It is vitally important to diversify your listening. It has long been said that if you want to have a view into the psyche of a society just look at the music they listen too. Music is like food and we all know that we can't survive on just one kind of food. We have to have a balanced diet. Well your musical diet should be the same way. We have to include music from several genres and on several different subject matters. You would be surprised how much music effects our everyday life, goals, what we wear, who we vote for. . .etc. This is especially important for developing children. From birth a child should be given exposure to several forms of music to help stimulate his/her brain. Music, like anything else, has different purposes. There are some forms of music that require a bit more intellect than others. Listening to hip/hop, rock or R&B is cool but if that's all you listen to today then I fear that the scope of your thinking will only be confined to sex, money, drugs, clothes and more sex. You are what you listen too. You should regularly search out music and cultures that you know nothing about and you should choose music that has varied subject matters. It is also important to listen to the classics whether it's Beethoven, Mozart, Motown, Stax, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, James Brown and the list goes on. This is more important now than ever before as we stand at the dawn of a new music industry. As leaders of this new industry we need to be better educated on how musical diversity can not only change us but the world. Enjoy the journey.
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