7.05.13

Ten Out of Ten People Respond to Music

by: Joe Miller

The data is in. Ten out of every ten people respond to music. 

I know. It's shocking. 

We all know this to be true, right? Since mankind became mankind we've experienced emotional, personal, societal, cultural, intellectual, visceral responses to music. We have NEEDED music.

Philosophers since the start of recorded history have waxed poetic and at length on the making, performing and hearing of music. What was that (erroneously?) Plato-attributed line... "if you want to measure the spiritual depth of a society, make sure to mark its music." I used that reference in a project in college, relating music to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, at the top of which sits self actualization, which includes creativity, morality and fulfillment.  

That's where music lives, at the top of Maslow's pyramid. Where all art lives. 

 

We use music in different ways here at dRC -- to work to, to work with, to inspire, to help us pitch and sometimes as a deliverable. When you're here in studio, you know when the mood is light cuz we'll have a dance party in the afternoon. When the mood is, umm, more serious, we'll be in our earbuds and our own playlists. And when we're in creative mode, it is very much like music -- capturing a melody, constructing a harmony and composing an accompaniment, all of which sound on many levels and work in concert.

For me personally, I prefer classical or jazz when I'm writing. I like rock and r&b when concepting. I like whatever music, to reflect my mood and influence my feeling. Most of all, I enjoy making music. Because then, I often don't know what the hell is going to happen and I get to experience it in the moment of creation. 

Ten out of ten people agree that's a little overboard. I, for one, like it that way. 

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