Do you choose your music based on the fact you simply enjoy how it sounds? Or, do you choose your music based on environmental, economic, and external factors?

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“We choose to listen to our music of choice when we’re happy, content, angry, pissed off, depressed, elated, somber, excited, so on and so forth. The reasons are endless, really. But, have any of you ever dug into the science of it? Have any of you ever thought to yourself “Why do I listen to Black Sabbath? Paul Gilbert? Eric Clapton? Mazzy Star? Red Hot Chili Peppers? B.B. King? Slipknot? Leo Kottke?” It’s a similar question to “Why am I doing this right now?” There are many answers to this question of ‘why’.”

According to the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a clear explanation is given, and the question is answered. Our enjoyment of music has dated back as far as 250,000 years. Yes, I’m serious- that long ago. Listening to music (or rhythmic sounds) and participating in music events has continuously evolved over time as well. Believe it or not, even Charles Darwin researched effects of music in some of his studies. In a nutshell- it comes down to: “relating to a feeling, situation, or event in our lives both past and present.”

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