What is it about sad music that we like? Sad music congers up emotions, but so does happy music. Sad music can go deeper into ones emotions and be felt through the soul or spirit as it transports to a higher realm. It can make you sad or sadder. The old saying 'music soothes the savage beast' (originally coined "music has charms to soothe a savage beast" by William Congreve who was a poet and playwright), because it can have an affect on our pulse rate or level of high by slowing it down to a calmer demeanor if the music is also slow in tempo. It also has a therapeutic effect.
In a recent study on this topic posted Sept. 20, 2013 an article on The New York Times' Sunday Review includes:
One answer might be that in everyday life we typically experience emotions that have a direct connection to whatever object or situation gives rise to them. But when we listen to sad music (or watch a sad movie, or read a sad novel), we are inoculated from any real threat or danger that the music (or movie or novel) represents.
It goes on to say that if this is the case, then the emotions are "vicarious."
Outside the study, our own thoughts on the matter can include what our current state of emotion is in relation to the music, it can be something that one relates to at that moment, such as a movie with a parallel story to the viewer's own experience.
It also has a different affect on children. As a ballet accompanist for children's classes, it is requested to play only uplifting music, no sad or minor keys. When a lyrical tune in a minor key was played, some children started becoming sad and even crying.
The study, (speaking of adults) said that it can evoke a 'romantic' type feel when listening to sad music. So, what it's doing is bringing an intimate connection within ourselves.
What do you think? How do you feel about it and what emotions does sad music bring to you? Do you enjoy listening to sad music? Write your thoughts and comments below.
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