My dad introduced us kids to music. I remember the days of the turntable. He had hundreds of albums and would buy something new when each child was born. I was told that when I was born, he went out and bought “Celestine Ukwu”. I found this amazing site where you can listen to his music. He sings in Ibo/Efik or Ibiobio I think. The track that made my dad buy it is an Efik or Ibibio song titled “Ebemi. You would love the beat if you appreciate good music. Here http://www.onlinenigeria.com/music/Celestine%20Ukwu/.
I remember, some days my dad would just play music all day and we would all sing and dance together. He would play hit after hit. We had ABBA, Bonney M, Jimmy Cliff, Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obe, Fela, Michael Jackson, name it, he had it in his collection. He even had some classical albums as well. Growing up in that house made me develop a love and appreciation for music.
I recently read an article that talks about the relationship between a person’s mood and the music he listen’s to. How people in a bad mood often gravitate towards depressing or angry music, but how the music you listen to can actual switch your mood. Have ever listened to Aaron Copland? I just discovered him a couple of days ago, but if you are a lover of classical music you may want to give his music a try.
I have also found that sharing music with people you love can help with long distance relationships. Okay, let me explain that. If you two hardly see each other but have a song…most people call it “our” song, where “our” stands for the he and she…(okay you get that already) then it helps when you cant be together (Remember that MTN advert) yes, that’s exactly what I mean.
I remember my husband and I shared Shania Twain’s “You are still the one”. I cant help thinking of him each time the song comes on.
As the years go by, I have discovered that I have come to love certain types of music more than others. I am more of a Nigerian music lover than foreign music lover. I have come to like cool rap like what Naeto C and Efa does, I like Dare Art Alade, used to be crazy about Styl plus…until they broke up sadly, Tuface, DBanj and P square are also favourites. I also liked Dagrin, Omawunni, Waje, Tiwa Savage and Olamide.
My regular play list features some foreign artists like Barbara Cartland, Bon jovi, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Eric Clapton, India Arie, Michael Bolton, Spice Girls, and Vonda Shepard. The list keeps growing.
I have had my share of depressing moments and I have found the research findings very true.
People can successfully improve their moods and boost their overall happiness in just two weeks, according to Ferguson’s research based on the type of music they listen to continually- published in The Journal of Positive Psychology
People who are going through break-ups or having relationship problems prefer music and experiences that reflect their negative mood – published in Journal of Consumer Research
How many times have I been saved by music? I have cried to “Jesus takes the wheel” by Carrie Underwood and smiled through Vonda Shepard’s “Something about love”
And can you underestimate the value of spiritually up-building songs? Those times when the family sat together and came up with acapella renditions of religious music and then recorded were one of the most glorious times of growing up.
Okay, I’m making this a very short post cos I need to go listen to some music now.
Meanwhile, what’s on your playlist you think I might like 🙂
p.s I have Daft PunK already.
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. – James 5:13 ESV