Music: the Rhythm of Life

By Millicent Sykes

What genre are you listening to? 

This is a question I often hear, especially when connecting with new people. Many believe the genres you listen to help to develop your personality and find the social group, in which a person belongs. Music is present in every culture, and is used as a tool to join group members together.

Music. “An art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms though the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.” (

When you think of music, what thoughts rush to the front of your brain? What emotions arise for you when you hear certain songs?

Listen to the song below and observe what happens for you.

V. for Visconti by Angèle David-Guillou

How are you feeling? Seriously… take a moment to assess your current emotional state.

What is the situation? Are you at home and reading this with a cup of coffee in hand? Maybe, you’re in the back of an Uber reading this on your cell phone. Could it be you are at work distracting yourself?

What are the circumstances? Truly become aware to what is happening in your present moment. What thoughts, memories, and/or emotions are arising?

These are questions I find myself pondering when creating. Sometimes, I do not completing understand why I am not “vibing” with a song or why I’m really not in the mood to listen to a specific genre. Our bodies are so in tuned with what is happening in our environments and what we need, however sometimes our minds complicate the simple. Making the creative process harder than necessary.

While this may seem like a small activity, with minimal importance, this act can impact your creativity in a multitude of ways.

Published by mindsetofathlete

I am a mental health professional in love with art, of various expressions. My career focuses on understanding health and fitness, acknowledging when a person has become unbalanced in their obligations, and determining the best customized approach for helping clients recover and heal. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, participating in outdoor activities, and exploring cuisines and cultural elements of my environment.

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