April 25, 2012 2 Comments
As I write this I am currently listening to This Will Destroy You.
Anybody that knows me knows that I have an obsession with instrumental music. All in all it drives them crazy. I love it. I think the reason why i get so passionate about this genre of music is because there are very little to no words when it is playing. I don’t want to hear how life sucks right now or how I could make things better. That is what’s so great about this type of music. It all comes down to interpretation. Now, I can understand a lot of songs can have interpretation but not as much as just straight up music. (Definition of song and music. One has lyrics. One does not.) Nothing will ever compare to listening to instrumental music when it comes to emotions going wild or I just need a breather. It seems to have such a high impact on my life and at times I don’t even notice it. I seem to be humming a tune when I am just standing around being bored or playing the music in my head when there is complete silence. This type of music has such a big part of my life that it seems like my worries can be gone at times if I choose them to be. Some of these bands will have audio from movies or TV shows that go along so perfectly with the tone they are portraying. This type of stuff really gets you thinking.
Most times when I express my love for this kind of stuff I get the usual answer: ”I listen to this when I sleep” or “I listen to this when I study”. When I ask them if they do it outside of that I typically hear one answer. No. This always stinks to hear. I feel like most people don’t give these bands enough of a try past the usual I need this music to focus on homework or something. This music can make you even more awake then you were once before. With interpretation you end up making all of these thoughts in your head spill out like I am doing right now. It is something that gets your mind provoked and speaking. I’ve never been more amazed by fans of a band when it comes to seeing this kind of music in a live setting. Everyone gets into it with their eyes closed and their bodies moving. Everyone seems to be at peace and that is what I love the most. Everyone is there for one sole purpose. Music.
Finally one of the last things this music does to me. It helps me get creative. I can’t tell you how many times I have basically played a movie or life situation in my head because of the music playing. I can see everything that would be happening in that scene and how the music guides the whole tone of that scene or the whole movie in general. It seems like at times you can just make an entire movie off of some of these albums due to the way they all have this perfect blend. They are telling a story without words. It’s magnificent.
I could probably blab on and on about this subject but my grammar seems to be terrible this late. I hope this gives you some sort of inspiration to be able to give this type of music more of a try. Listen to it constantly and let your self become accustom to it. I hope this was a decent first post from me. It is late and I wanted to try something out.
Bands to listen to: (post rock, post metal, whatever you want to call it genre)
- This Will Destroy You
- Explosions in the Sky
- If These Trees Could Talk
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Use audio from interviews and other media)
- Maybeshewill (Use audio from movies)
- Sigur Ros (Instrumental and lyrics. They are so beautiful)