The musical journey of every individual is unique, generally starting from the influence of parents, relatives, and family, as well as the TV and films we absorb as youngsters. As people get older, audio tastes evolve, bringing in the influence of peers and real-life experiences where music has played an important role.

The favorite song at a school prom, everyone knew the words and gleefully indulged in a care-free singalong, the music shared with a childhood sweetheart, your parents dancing to a track from their youth.

Music is about memories and coming together for a beautiful sound that brings joy and happiness, tears and laughter. 

Music Mediums are Changing

In a world where streaming music has become so wonderfully easy and versatile, it is easy to forget those ‘dark days’ huddled over a stereo and listening to the charts, a tense finger poised over the record button when a favorite hit was announced.

In truth, the era of cassettes and CDs were not ‘dark days’ at all; they brought their own element of fun, especially when a Bon Jovi classic contained the brief argument of an uninvited sibling entering the stage. 

The difference now is people have so much choice and the opportunity to enhance the musical experience by purchasing the perfect speakers, bringing a sensational sound into the living room or the garden.

A Festival of Music

The streaming world, as well as giving people access to an endless encyclopedia of music, has also opened the door to live performances.

Listening to music is special; watching the passion of the performer while delivering their lyrical sermon is even better. The summer brings so many delights for the senses, and there is nothing better than an outdoor music festival.

Check out the wonder of Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, or Reading in the UK, and the choice is even greater in the US, where music festivals are growing to a new level of popularity, especially in a world desperate to be together again after the global separation of Covid.  

The Individual Audio Experience

Festivals and concerts are brilliant, and shared musical memories are special, but the individual experience is what sets artistic appreciation apart. 

Ask 100 people to name their top ten playlists, and not one would be the same, even for a thousand people or more. 

Like food, the enjoyment of music is unique.

Going back to that top ten playlists, everybody has a preferred genre, but the true music-lover can appreciate a great sound, whoever the artist. Rap includes influences from classical music, while heavy metal will delve into hip hop, and electronic embraces soul – it all works together.

Freedom Equals Fulfilment

Arguably the greatest component of musical pleasure is the freedom to make an individual choice. Draw on personal experiences, memories, and friendships, and then find a musical pathway.

If a sound is special to someone, it can never be taken away from them. Musicians often talk about freedom of expression, and the same should apply to the listener. Music is a journey with an unknown destination, and the stops along the way are magical.