Music to my ears
Ever since I was a young girl my favourite style of music has been jazz and blues. The first ever CD that I bought was Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits when I was 11 years old. I absolutely loved it and I would sing along and dance around my bedroom to the music. Even now, whenever I hear one of Chuck Berry’s songs I can’t help but tap my feet and hum along to the music.
As I got older I started to listen to other musicians from this genre and others. I would listen to Elvis Presley almost every day after school. I just loved music that made me want to dance. I started to love soul music too after a friend bought me a Motown Classics CD for my 15th birthday. My absolute favourite pastime was listening to Aretha Franklin or Katrina and the Waves. I looked up to a lot of these amazing artists and performers and still do to this day. As quite a shy person, hearing these people perform with such confidence and such talent was inspirational to me.
Blues music is rooted in African-American history and originated from the 19th century when African slaves and ex-slaves would sing about their experiences. The blues music we know and love today evolved from African chants, work songs, drum music and African spirituals. The birthplace of the blues is said to be the Mississippi Delta near New Orleans in the USA. Although jazz (which started becoming popular in the 1930s and 40s) and blues are different genres of music they have always influenced each other. I think I enjoy music so much because it is a form of escapism from reality and I find that if I have had a hard day or I’m feeling a little low, listening to something upbeat can turn my mood around and cheer me up. In fact, scientists at the University of Missouri have shown that people can boost their moods by listening to upbeat tunes! Moreover, a study made by Herriot-Watt University here in Scotland even links certain personality traits with musical preference! Apparently those who enjoy jazz and blues music are more likely to be creative, outgoing and have high self-esteem. Check out this blog post to find out more about this: https://blog.bufferapp.com/music-and-the-brain