Many portions of my life, I'd say, have been greatly influenced by music. Some of my beliefs have also been shaped by the movies I've seen and absolutely loved. Music and movies have impacted my life in ways people or other everyday things wouldn't. But in the rise of new music and movies, surprising genres and a change of taste in many of its "creators" must I say, which one do I think will continue to have a deeper impact on me? Music or movies?
Ever since I was younger, my life has been filled with music that seemed to be on repeat every single day. In a Filipino household, it is very common to have a karaoke set ready to be played at home anytime of the day. My dad used to join amateur singing contests back in the Philippines when he was still single and believe it or not, he's won a lot of times. He's also been offered to join a famous variety show at that time, but unfortunately declined that show business offer. When he moved to the UAE with my mom and eventually had us, it was obvious that he never forgot his singing and since then, we've had music playing at home regularly. To be honest, I'm even a lot more familiar with 90's hit songs than today's hit songs, really! As I grew up, I listened to evolving songs and in my teenage years, have related to it more than anything else. I'd play and listen to music when I was sad and when I was feeling happy too. I later learned to play musical instruments and became a lot more familiar with worship songs than any other genre. Too sad, I didn't pursue that track, but I'm glad I've had the experience of playing in a band and co-working with other band members as well. Music is surely something I'd turn to to relieve myself from pressure and stressful days — especially Christian music.
Movies , on the other hand, have also served as an instrument for my family to better bond with each other. I just remember those days where we'd snuggle close to one another in our room and watch a good old movie together. No matter the type of film, as long as we'd watch it together, it would always end up in multiple laughs or teardrops. It's those days that I miss so much, when we were all a little younger and never bothered what time it was, what we have yet to do, and what movie we'd watch. My parents were working full time so we really treasured whatever time we had together. We would just pick up a VHS or DVD at a store and watch at home. We were not into watching at the Cinema because my dad did not like the idea, but we did watch a movie in a cinema once. That movie was Superman ,and to be honest, that was the only movie we watched in the cinema as a family. It was fun but it wasn't that relaxing like how'd they be when at home. Imagine pillows, pajamas, popcorn and all...
Over all, if I were to choose between music or movies, I'd definitely choose music. First, because I wouldn't have to stay an hour or two at a screen. I could just listen to some music whenever I feel like it! Second, I could relate to other people more on a musical level than when talking about movies or television shows. Thirdly, I believe that music is just one of those common factors that we can all relate to as mere human beings. When we play music at a random place, everyone would just be able to sing or dance along. At church, we'd often start with music to begin the act of worship. At times, music would also serve as the icebreaker in a totally awkward situation. Music also serves as a therapy for many. Those people who have trouble sleeping listen to soothing music to get better sleep. Music has many benefits and please don't get me started with it, haha! For me, music has its own place that movies won't get to replace. I love movies, don't get me wrong, but to choose between movies or music? I'd choose music.
How about you? Music or Movies?
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