25 Best and Surprising Ways To Experience Music

“Music is powerful. It speaks to a primal pit in our brains. It makes anyone wanna get up and get their knees going’. A good song can really wrap people up in a mood, better than any words alone could.”

~ Jake the Dog & Music Hole (Adventure Time)

It’s true. Music might be the most powerful force on the planet, and it’s one of the few things in life that’s absolutely free. There’s not a single person on Earth who can’t get some sort of emotional thrill from it and yes, before anyone says anything smart, even deaf people can enjoy music. (It’s done through vibrations and studying musical patterns differently). But I digress. 

Music has been around since the prehistoric ages and since that time, humanity has thought of more and more ways to explore the art-form. There are so many different ways to enjoy your select favorite songs than just by listening to them on your phone. Today, we’ll be opening your eyes (and ears) to some amazing ways that you can expand upon your melodic adventures. Here are 25 Best and Surprising Ways To Experience Music!

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Street Performers

Folk musician playing gusli at Moscow Historical Festival Times and Epoch in Kolomenskoe

Sometimes you’re in a hurry, especially if you live in a big city. And the busier the city, the more street performers you’re bound to see. We don’t always have time to give them what they want; attention and a moment to appreciate their talents. But what happens when you do?

Well, you might just find yourself captured by a unique style and take on music, whether it be through dance or an instrument or simply through song… or, maybe all three. Remember, these performers are out there putting everything on the line because a lot of the time, their bills depend on it. You should take the time and see what they have to offer; maybe leave a small tip as well.

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While Exercising

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Music, headphones and the gym pretty much go hand in hand and there are scientific reasons for this. To name a few, listening to your favorite songs will instantly put you in a better mood, motivating you to actually go through with your workout and keep yourself excited for the action. Try working out on a stationary Bike or during a jog, all to the beat of your top hits. Keeping in rhythm will bring about satisfaction unlike any other! Not only that but the better the workout, the better you’ll feel mentally. When it comes to anxiety and depression, medication and therapy are great. Use them if you can, but there’s no substitute for a good regular physical activity!

Of course, it’s worth mentioning that working out is simply a lot more fun when you have a great playlist to inspire your journey towards a better you. 

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Chores

Young hispanic woman at home, doing chores and housekeeping, collecting clothes and dresses from laundry tumble dryer, drying machine

Chores aren’t always fun but the satisfaction of completion outweigh the bore of doing them. Still, why not do everything you can to have fun on the job? One of the best ways to do that is through music. 

Despite the physical labor, chores are often a time of mindless work when you’re free to be alone with your thoughts. You can enhance these thoughts by listening to your top hits or maybe something entirely new. Perhaps you’ll get a spark of inspiration for an activity you can do later or think up some ideas for that novel you’ve been wanting to write. The point is that mixing music with chores can lead to a mental clean up rather than just a physical clean up.

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While You Sleep or Nap

Man in sleeping bed, morning time

Sleep can lead to some very interesting experiences, most notably dreams. Yes, dreams are amazing because reality means nothing. The mind is capable of generating all sorts of different crazy circumstances that might be nonsense or dug deeply from your subconscious. 

Listening to music while you sleep can further enhance this experience. For one, choosing the right song can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer. But research has also proven that music playing in the real world, can affect what happens in our dreams. 

Try going to sleep with music of your choice playing or use a device like an Amazon Alexa to start playing music at a predetermined time when you’re already fast asleep. It’s worth experimenting with for sure!

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Apply Music to Your Own Life Story or Thought Process

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Music has been used for thousands of years to enhance stories and enhance what’s passed onto us through different types of media, but there’s no reason we can’t apply it to the story we live every day; our own. Find songs that don’t necessarily fit your tastes, but rather speak to you or help relate to a certain situation; past, present, or a hopeful future. Use music when you reflect upon yourself; mistakes you’ve made and where you hope to see yourself go in life.

I admit that this point comes from a little bit of bias. It was inspired by the now wrapped television series, How I Met Your Mother. While the series itself has led to some controversial opinions, something everyone agreed on was that music was used brilliantly, as a tool for shaping big plot points and big moments for characters. Even when the lyrics didn’t match a scene, the tune and overall feeling did. This is a technique all of can learn from when it comes to reflecting upon our own life stories.

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