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What is the relationship between music and emotion?

As a songwriter, I believe that a song was an emotion caught in a bottle. Listening to a song or playing one I've written while feeling a certain way has always been a sort of emotional time travel for me. Music for me is the most intimate form of expression.

Others might argue that music is a fabrication using the mathematical manipulation of sounds put together in a way that provokes a specific emotional response.

I'd like to hear what others think:

-What is music?

-How does music express emotion?

-What scientific effect does music have on emotions?

-and more?

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  • Sep 25 2012: We relate to the arts, especially music and poetry, because they are glimpses of the intimate feelings of the writers/singers. We can identify with the emotions because of our shared humanity.
    Pain, hope,pleasure, desire sadness,hate, joy, disappointment, love, faith, and other emotions and feelings are experiences we can all relate to as human beings.

    So when someone creates a piece of art that touches us, we can say "Yes, I've been there before".
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      Sep 26 2012: And a great songwriter, writes songs to be ambiguous enough so that people can relate to certain lines or words in the songs. I saw an interview once with Eminem and he was describing his songwriting process. His life influenced the songs, but he always tried to create a character that had a number of characteristics that people everywhere could empathize with.

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