I like those guys who drum on white plastic buckets on the streets of New York City.
I also like rock and rock music.
But why rock and roll music specifically? What is it about rock and roll music that makes me prefer it to other styles of music? Why is anyone drawn to ANY kind of music: country, rock, rap, hip-hop, classical, jazz, blues?
I’m what John Lennon would call a Working Class Hero, and this stuff is just my opinion. I’m not a psychologist. After all, Lonnie Donegan’s song Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavour (on the bedpost overnight) was my favorite song for a long time when I was a kid.
Disturbed child. Although Donegan did influence John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Anyway, I believe music to be an art form and good art can elicit an emotional response when we experience it. My theory is a specific kind of music (like rock and roll music) can fill some emotional void we unconsciously think is lacking in us. After all, isn’t art sometimes called therapy? A drawing, painting, or music can help us see ourselves and the world around us differently.
I began to see the world differently at Woolworth’s.
I vaguely remember strolling through Woolworth’s with my mother and discovering Let It Be. I stopped cold and stared up at it. I wanted her to buy it for me.
She took me to McDonald’s instead.
Then I remember watching The Monkees on television. I invented my own imaginary band called Fire Ice. We’d be way better than the Monkees. I drew pictures of the band. I wish I kept the pictures.
So I wonder?
Did the Beatles and Monkees fill some kind of void? Did I like them because they were fun?
And they didn’t seem to care?
And they were different?
After all, we all start off unique and different until our rulers says no, you must conform… all and all you're just another brick in the wall.
I guess I’ll never know why I like rock and roll music the best. However, I did some research and found this:
Music fulfills three important psychological functions:
- Improves performance on certain tasks.
- Stimulates intellectual curiosity and, most importantly,
- Music can manipulate or influence emotional states with the goal of achieving a desired mood or state, such as happiness, excitement, or sadness. - Psychology Today, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Ph.D.
I think number three sums it up best.
Maybe I was just an anxiety-filled kid lacking peace and fun, and rock and roll music filled the void.
But hey, what do I know, I’m no doctor, just a working class hero.