Why Does Songs Touch us Emotionally?
Are there certain songs or tunes that unfailingly make you emotional, sentimental, soppy, or make you cry when you hear them? Or maybe the other way around, makes you upbeat, happy or smiling. What might be the cause of this? Is it primarily the lyrics, the melody, or is it because of certain personal situation you are experiencing?
For me, this may be because music shares countless features that are vital for sharing, conveying, and understanding sentiments and emotions. I think it’s a combination of things. We could relate music to our life experiences unintentionally.
Certain songs remind me of people and places of my past / present situations that had influence me (positively or negatively). Say, when I hear a certain song from the 1990’s, it will remind me of my childhood days, my family and friends back then. To mention a few, there’s “Get Down” by Backstreet Boys and “Macarena” by Los del Río that could make me start to giggle and get down to the dance floor, just like the old days. “Crush on You” and “I’m All About You” by Aaron Carter makes me remember of those guys I had a crush on, hahaha. How nice to reminisce all those years, I’ve inserted some of my childhood photos below.
The other day, I was listening to music while I was busy replying to emails and checking priority issues at work, there’s this song “Marry Your Daughter” by Brian McKnight that out of the blue got me slightly emotional or sentimental. Tears were starting to well up and because I felt awkward since I’m at work, I changed the music. It wasn’t like I was getting panic-stricken, but was just feeling somewhat emotional at that moment.
There are a few songs I could remember that find me like that. One, is the song I had mentioned, plus the songs “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, “Forevermore” by Side A, “From this Moment On” by Shania Twain and most of David Pomeranz songs. Just don’t know what are on these songs why it touches me emotionally?
Does it make sense? Maybe…