I try and build myself with everything, everything I do makes me grow. Music I listen to included.
I was raised with music by Kate Bush, Andreas Vollenweider, ACDC, Enya, a random African album my dad loves, and many more. If I’m honest I think subconsciously those are my main influences. The music I currently listen to is a mixture of themes within that range, I am a dancer and I happen to move best to dreamy music with a weird beat or tribal sounding African music.
I didn’t even realise until I looked at my playlist the other day. My roots are very very visible, and what seems like a wild mess of music with funky beats and eerie vocals is actually a fairly organised exploration of myself that’s been going on since I could hear.
When my parents played music I’d stop playing and just sit and listen to my favourite songs. Or sneak out of my room quietly to be closer to the wub of the bass and the silky vocals.
Nowadays I move without thought to music that reflects that played throughout my childhood, it’s like time freezes and no thoughts run through my head other than how amazing it feels to just be.
The music I listen to educates me, makes me feel invincible, or vulnerable, happy, primitive, delicate, many many things. It helps me explore who I am, how I move, how I feel. If I’m going to be ‘weird’ about it then honestly I believe energy runs through me all the damn time, music changes the ebb and flow. It helps me discover something new within myself, it helps magnify emotions and feelings, I am constantly progressing and my music is a large part of who I am.
Pick your music open-minded, explore what different sounds do to you, even if you don’t even move to them.
Find something different.
I listen to music that gives me goosebumps, that slows my heart rate and my breathing, that fills my body with bliss and creates tingles that ride down my spine and spread through me. I listen to music with lyrics I connect to, lyrics that question politics, that push ideas, that challenge, that deepen my understanding in something or question aspects of myself. I listen to music that harnesses my strength, building on my fire, making my eyes burn through objects, where the beat fills me with power and my anger turns into willpower and strength. I listen to music that intrigues me, that makes me wonder what made them layer sound over sound to create something so unique, so strange, it pushes my creativity, it inspires me. I listen to music that oozes with sexuality, it ripples and pulses, moving me to admire my own sexuality and the human body.
I’m curious, does your music stimulate you in a similar way?
Does your music taste stem from your childhood influences?
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