Music Makes Us Happy
So, as arrived to set up our kit, we were greeted by a welcoming and warm crowd at The King William IV ‘The Billy’ in Warmley, Bristol. We all had a great time, with lots of laughs and sunshine. After the gig, I started reflecting on how much fun we all had, and it got me thinking about the ‘morale-boosting’ qualities of music and how it makes us all feel. This was especially relevant when learning about the aim of Armed Forces day to provide a variety of events and activities to ‘boost morale’. With a brief bit of research, I found some interesting quotes and information about the relationship between music and morale, especially during times of war:
"In fact, music was an integral part of the war from recruitment to battle, to bereavement and finally to homecoming. Music woke the troops at dawn and sent them to bed at night. More important, music stirred patriotic spirits, directed troops in battle, buried the dead and celebrated victory."
Statesman Journal - The importance of music during the Civil War, Timothy Walch | Salem
Also in a more modern context the impact that music has on your morale at work, especially during the recent pandemic:
"Over 60% of employees who listened to background music at work reported being happier overall. This improved mood translated to their life outside of work. The introduction of music in a store, restaurant, or any other public-facing business can decrease stress, increase concentration for employees, and put customers more at ease. Improved focus, creativity, and motivation for employees are additional benefits of music in the workplace."
ReadWrite - Background Music Helps Improve Employee Morale In the COVID Age, Mitch Bishop
I feel deeply about the role that music plays in improving my overall wellbeing and morale in any situation, it continues to be a big source of fun and joy in my life. Us Cat’s feel so lucky to be part of music making, helping to boost morale and being together with people celebrating, having fun, and coming together and we look forward to doing lots more over the coming months.
Rachel "Top Cat"