Do you listen to music to match your mood or to change it? For example, do you find yourself picking upbeat, dance music to get you moving in the morning or to join you on a workout? Or is it a situation in which you are angry so you pick a song to scream out your frustrations? If I was asked this question, I would definitely state that I’m more of a find a song to match my mood kind of person. Perhaps, this is one of many reasons that I like Duran so much. I appreciate that they have songs to match every mood. There are a lot of artists out there with catalogs that all sound the same, in terms of tempo, feeling, etc. Duran isn’t like that.
It may come as no surprise to anyone reading this who knows me that I have not been feeling particularly upbeat, happy, joyful lately. In fact, I would go so far as to say that my mood swings from anger and frustration to deep sadness. Underlying all of that is a strong, unbreakable feeling of anxiety, worry, fear. I have not even been playing a lot of music in the last month as everything I might choose seemed off the mark. Again, the goal I have is to match the music with my mood and no songs in my library includes all of those emotions. I find songs that express the anger but not the sadness or vice versa. Forget about finding music that really expresses the fear I have. Because I do love music, I have not given up as I attempt to find the right songs or the right combination of songs to match my moods.
The other morning, I attempted once again to find just the right song while I got ready for work. I decided to go for shuffle and hope for the best. Duran’s Paper Gods came on. Instead of skipping it, thinking it wouldn’t match my feeling, I opted to turn it up. Soon enough, I found myself singing along. I noticed that my brain stopped thinking as I let the music wash over me. I remembered the joy of seeing the band on stage during this past summer. Then, the next song that came on was a remix of Wild Boys. I continued to listen and sing along. I wanted to keep listening but I had to leave for work. As I locked my house and moved down to the garage to drive to work, I realized that my negative outlook returned but that for a few minutes, while listening to Duran, the cloud lifted. The songs did not change my mood but offered some relief.
As I drove to work, I allowed my thoughts to turn to the upcoming shows in Washington, DC at the end of the month. I understood in a new, more concrete way that I needed these shows. Now, when I say “need”, I recognize that I won’t die without them. Duran shows do not equal food, water, shelter or other essentials. Of course not. Yet, having the chance to experience some real joy will not only give me a reprieve from the harsh reality of life right now, which is more than welcome, but will also help me get a boost that I need to keep fighting the good fight.
Music is powerful. It can say what we can’t say ourselves otherwise. It can also sway your mood or provide you with the necessary escape. More than that, music brings joy which all humans benefit from, but especially when life is throwing a lot of challenges your way. This week, I was reminded of the power of music. Add on the fact that Duran’s music also has music for every emotion and the power intensifies. Right now, at this moment, I am thankful for Duran and their music and really looking forward to those shows.