Re-discovering music as a mood enhancer

I’ve always loved music. There are multiple childhood videos of me happily singing along to nursery rhymes and my siblings and I used to make our own songs up while on family walks or long car journeys. When I was in school, I joined a local theatre group where I performed in an annual show on stage and I used to love singing the cheesy songs and dancing [badly] around the stage.

My music taste is ever-changing. My first live concert was Girls Aloud at Harewood House and I remember being SO excited. I covered my face in glitter and sang along to all the songs. Since then, I’ve completely grown out of girl bands and I just don’t enjoy female vocals as much as grizzly male vocals.

My earliest memories of loving music was being obsessed with Busted and genuinely crying when they split up. I also loved Atomic Kitten and in primary school, my friends and I used to make dance routines up to their songs. I feel so nostalgic whenever I listen to them now! In high school, I used to just listen to whatever was on the radio, then I started listening to bands like All Time Low and NeverShoutNever. I quickly grew out of this phase when I discovered Ed Sheeran in 2011 and fell head over heels in love with his music.

It wasn’t until I went to college and met my best friend that I really started getting into music, she had and still has brilliant music taste and she introduced me to some wonderful bands! I started finding new music all the time and I LOVED the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge with a passion. It was at this time that I discovered one of my favourite bands – Bastille. My best friend and I saw them live in Leeds for £10 a ticket! I still love them to this day and recently saw their ReOrchestrated tour in Manchester and I felt so emotional and overwhelmed!

Every time I see an artist or band live, I feel so happy. And it’s in these moments that I realise how incredible music is and how strange it can make you feel. If you think about it, you have a soundtrack to your life. Every time I’ve gone through a break-up, I’ve created playlists to get me through, I’ve had to physically avoid songs that remind me of my relationships to prevent getting upset and I’ve found so many new songs to relate to new feelings. Getting ready to go out with the girls? You put music on to get you in the mood! Want to focus on your work? On goes a nice chilled playlist to keep you focussed. Working out in the gym? Get your motivational playlist on! There honestly is music for every occasion and it blows my mind how one 3 minute song can bring back so many emotions.

Recently, I’ve found myself truly listening to the lyrics of songs and relating to them. I find it so inspiring when I can feel someone’s pain through their music. Some lyrics really hit you hard and make you realise that you’re not the only person who has ever been hurt. When you turn your pain into something creative for everyone else to enjoy – that’s something magical and when I think about how hard that must be, that’s when I realise how marvellous music is.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been to a couple of festivals for the day and I can’t even explain how lovely it is to be in the sun with a cold beer or cider, singing along to live music and looking around at all the smiling people covered in glitter and just loving life. There truly is no better feeling! Also, gigs! Every time I go to a gig, I leave wondering why I don’t go to one every week. It’s such a good feeling seeing your favourite band live, shouting the lyrics until your throat is sore, I just love it.

Music genuinely gets me through the day, I love driving along with my windows down and singing along to my favourite songs. Or singing into a shampoo bottle in the shower!

My taste has changed so much over the years… I now enjoy indie/rock/alt music and love finding new bands. Spotify is my best friend and recently I’ve found so much new music and I’ve really fallen in love with it again! There’s always going to be a place in my heart for Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift though! (Oh, and ABBA.)

What’s your favourite band?

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