Why You Need to Branch Out When it Comes to Music

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Music is a pillar of society. It’s hard to say when it became an integral part of how we live. It was long before any of us were born. As we’ve transitioned through generations, music has changed from classical, to ballads, to rock and pop. Technological improvements have allowed new kinds of music to come to life and fill our playlists.

We’re pretty much always hearing music. Whether it’s listening to it in the elevator or going on jogs with your earbuds plugged in, we’d be lost without this societal staple.

Plus, with advances in technology, our abilities to listen have drastically improved. We don’t have to sit around a radio waiting for our favorite song to come on. We don’t even need to go out and see someone in person. We can simply turn on Spotify and find nearly any song we’d like.

And people are definitely making use of Spotify’s database. In 2019, over 108 million people are paying subscribers on the platform. On top of that, there are 129 million ad-supported active monthly users. These numbers are outrageous and just prove Spotify’s changed the way we listen to music.

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I happen to be one of many subscribers. I convinced my family to get the family plan because I knew how much I loved listening. It sucked to have to wait out a bunch of ads when I just wanted to hear that one song. And even then, I’d have to hope that the song would randomly play on shuffle since I wasn’t a premium member.

But with my premium membership, an entire world has opened up for me, one I never conceived of.

There are so many options.

I can jump through different artists, different playlists, and find new music all the time. I’ve found artists who I’ve never heard of before but really like. I’ve come across songs from my favorite bands that never made it to the radio. It opened up a whole world of music for me…one that I was desperate to explore.

And you should want to explore it, too.

I know tons of people who are satisfied with their music taste and stick to the same artists and bands. I used to do that. I thought that nothing could be better than Coldplay and The Fray. I still love both of those bands more than anything, but I’ve realized I have other options now.

Options like journeying into French music and finding artists Louane and Stromae. Like listening to songs that sound vaguely like country music and not hating them (surprisingly).

I used to dislike listening to rap… until I found a couple songs that suited me.

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The point of music is to speak to you and broaden your horizons. I still have qualms against certain kinds of music. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to hardcore country music or long-winded symphonies. But I found pieces of these genres that I connected with. I wouldn’t have nearly the same music taste I do today if I hadn’t journeyed off a bit to see what else there was.

Branching out might lead you to realize you like certain artists more than you thought you would. I wasn’t a huge Ed Sheeran fan originally but trying out a couple of his songs really got me into his music enough that I ended up going to his concert. Or, you may find a couple small artists that you really want to support. That’s super important, too. The music industry can be brutal, and a lot of these artists are simply looking for listeners like you to check out their tracks.

Music is much more than what we hear on the radio. It expresses emotions and helps heal old wounds. I wouldn’t doubt the power of songs. You never know what artists you might fall in love with. Sometimes, all you need is a good song to improve your mood and get you through a tough day.

Don’t overlook artists just because you’ve had a bad experience with the genre and don’t want to bother giving it a try. Look for songs that you truly enjoy. Journey out into different music tastes and learn more about a variety of singers. Widen your musical horizons because you never know how it may help you in the future.

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