We all have preferences on the tunes we enjoy, whether they be loud, slow, sweet, soft, brass, angry, electric, poetic, string, groovy or anything in between. But when was the last time we stopped and thought about how all these adjectives became so available to us?

It may come as a surprise, but this ability to actually have a preference really hasn’t been around that long!

We know it has the ability to set the mood in most any circumstance — filling the air and gifting us the freedom to take in and pick up the emotions emanated from the musicians with each breathe we take. The lyrics and melodies have the ability to shape us, and today we’ll take a look at what shaped our ability to access it!

Thankfully, we have this super fun and informative video from the BBC Science Club to help us learn a bit more about the beats that helped form humanity as we know it today.

*Though BBC’s Dara O Briain’s Science Club was sadly cancelled 1, we still love the work of Asa Lucander, who’s currently directing some fantastic pieces for Aardman Animations, and you can find more of her creations on her website, www.asalucander.com.
Via: Asa Lucander 2 and BBC 3

Pretty cool to see how far it’s come, no?

Whatever your relationship with this art is, from the performer to the listener to the mere passerby, we all have a chance to expand ourselves in thousands of directions just by flipping through genres with the simple press of a button. If you’re having a hard time finding what tunes make you move, a fun way to do so is by seeing what’s recommended for your personality type! You’ll have to take this quick free quiz, but by doing so and clicking this link you’ll be led to a selection of genres to narrow down your search or to see why you’re drawn to what you listen to.

Keep yourself open and happiness may stay nearby!


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  1. Ridley, Louise. “Dara Ó Briain’s Beloved Science Club Is No More.” HuffPost UK. The Huffington Post, 07 Aug. 2014. Web. 03 Oct. 2017.
  2. “BBC Science Club – Music.” Vimeo. Asa Lucander, 29 June 2013. Web. 02 Oct. 2017. <https://vimeo.com/69384006>.
  3. “Dara O Briain’s Science Club, Series 1, Music, The Story of Music.” BBC Two. BBC, 22 Dec. 2012. Web. 10 Oct. 2017. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012v8jy>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.