And I Feel Fine - Music and Times of Crisis
Welcome to the 2020 Populus Music blog! As we talked about on social media, our blog has undergone some very big changes behind the scenes, so in case you missed it we wanted to cover everything that's changed!
First and foremost, our blog is now a team! We've brought on some of our good friends and fellow music lovers to help bring you more content, more often.
In case you missed it, the team is as follows:
Josh Warriner - Editor-in-chief and lover of unique tales in music history
Brenna Larouche - Editor and opinion and perspective piece author
Logan Rayment - Independent content creator, specializing in stories of music production and history
Tristan Melanson - Creative Director behind Bloom, artist introduction and album guide pieces
Alissa Nardini - Background in sociology and culture, focusing on how music interacts with those topics
We can't wait to be bringing you much more content as the year progresses. To begin with the relaunch of our blog, check out the article below by Josh about music and its role in crises.
And I Feel Fine - Music and Times of Crisis
Music is perhaps one of the ultimate tools of comfort. Many people will find themselves returning to old favourites or comfort songs when faced with a troubling situation.
For me personally, comfort music might mean the music my family listened to when I was young, or perhaps music I discovered when I was in a particularly good phase in my life. Music that fits these criteria can mean a lot to us throughout our lives. Regardless of what it may mean for you, music is certainly a vital tool in crisis management.
Without a doubt, the world is currently in crisis. So it's at times like this, where tours are being cancelled, and countless projects delayed, we wanted to take a quick look at the comfort of music and how it might help us.
Nostalgia Against Crisis
Music that's nostalgic to us is a powerful tool, proven to make you feel good. Nostalgia is a hard to capture sensation, that often comes to us by accident. You might have created a memory associated with a song entirely by accident, but yet any time you hear that song in the future it will bring you back to that time. Creators may try to harness such feelings, but it truly is a lightning in a bottle feeling that's impossible to replicate.
It may seem obvious but it bears repeating, comfort music and that which captures a nostalgic feeling for you is a powerful tool to combat a world in crisis. When fear is everywhere, turning to music can provide something that words cannot. As Hans Christian Andersen said: "Where words fail, music speaks."
Anecdotally, the song which perhaps evokes the most nostalgia in me is Crocodile Rock by Elton John, which brings back vivid memories of road trips from my childhood. It was my favourite song as a young child (no older than five) after it featured in the late nineties children's television series Bob the Builder. Much to the chagrin of my family, I would beg to have the song played again every few songs. Agonizing I'm sure for my family, but that song is now cemented as one of the most nostalgic songs to me.
Remembering your favourites is also something that can help at times like this. Favourites are something that change often for many people, especially in music. Most however have some all-time favourites that are forever affixed at the top of their lists. These favourites are comforting to a lot of people, and might be something to consider revisiting in a time of crisis.
Personally, I have a Spotify playlist of all my all-time favourite tracks that I often listen to, since many of those songs also align with the nostalgic feelings we discussed previously. Playlists like this can help you remember what music can do for you.
Take This Time to Focus on Projects
Quarantines may be happening, or you might find yourself anxious to go outside. If you're a musician or any sort of creative, now is an ideal time to dive into projects you may have put on the sidelines as life got busy. Now that many people, such as students, have much more time in their homes, that time can be put to great use in terms of creating or finishing projects that were started some time ago.
While everyone is inside, that means that it isn't just the creator who is stuck inside with nothing to do. Your potential audience are also at home, looking for something to occupy their time. Why not strive for their time to be spent consuming your work? If you're able to help someone else with their anxieties by creating something that speaks to them, while simultaneously helping yourself by diving into work, nobody loses in such a situation. Maybe you want to plan your next single, album, or music video. Perhaps you started a script or short story some time ago that you haven't had the chance to pick back up. There's no time like this to return to it.
There's also countless resources online for you to learn so much about your prospective fields. The music business has plenty of sources of education online, whether it's a formal education such as an online post-secondary course or informal reading that can bring you a ton of advantage.
In times where the world around us is insisting that we give in to fear, music might be a place to find refuge, as it has been for so long for so many. Whether you find yourself creating or listening, I encourage you to take refuge in music if it makes you feel as comfortable as it makes many of us feel, and let us know some of the songs that make you feel those nostalgic feelings we discussed.
We'll be back next week with another blog post, the debut post from new contributing author Alissa Nardini about mosh pit anxieties and how to take the dive against them!