Working with Soul Music
I developed interest in composing and singing soul music when I was still very young. I have always been, and am still greatly inspired by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and other renowned personalities in soul music.
Just like these three renowned soul musicians, I’d like to be well known in the composition and singing of soul, and also go on many performance tours across the world.
My desire is to transcend the boundaries of R&B as no other musician has achieved before. I’d like to be described as the one who blends urban scene soul music with old-time beats, one who has become an influential force to reckon in music. I desire to be credited with the ability of combining gospel music’s soulful directness, a jazz singer’s vocal musicianship and soft-soul’s sweetness.
Why I have chosen this kind of life and why I love it…
1. It enhances connection between the two sides of my brain
I believe that writing music as well as singing enhances the efficiency of my brain by improving neural wires which connect the two hemispheres of my brain. It causes improved communication between the creative side (right hemisphere) and analytical side (left hemisphere). As a result, I derive several cerebral benefits such as greater problem solving abilities.
2. Enhances executive brain functioning
My career as a soul singer and writer has improved my capacity to make wise decisions, process and retain information and also to make necessary adjustments depending on prevailing situations.
According to experts, these factors make greater contribution to success in academics than IQ. Scientific studies have established that composing soul music can help kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder).
3. Strengthens speech processing
Writing music helps my brain to process musical sounds (both vowels and consonants) in speech. After pursuing a career in music for several years, I have realized that my ability to process speech sounds has greatly improved. I now have the capability of processing the sounds with greater precision. This is because speech and music have certain common characteristics such as pitch, timbre and timing. The brain usually relies on similar neural pathways when processing both (speech and sound).
When I was still in school, it resulted in remarkable improvement in my academic performance. Sharper language skills enabled me to grasp concepts in different subjects with ease.
4. Improves memory
Since I officially became a soul singer and writer, there has been remarkable improvement in my memorizing ability. It significantly boosts my short-term memory (Random Access Memory, if you like). As a result, my capacity to store and utilize information that helps me in reasoning, learning and/or carrying out complex duties has improved to a great extent.
5. Develops my self esteem
My expertise in composing and singing soul music has resulted in superior feelings of self esteem/ worth. Since I started this journey, I’ve gone on many performance tours. I have performed in many countries across the world.
6. Promotes empathy
Composing and singing soul music doesn’t just boost the sound processing center in my brain, it also develops my capability to detect any emotions in people’s voices. It enables me to identify and interpret subtle emotional signals while having conversations with my family members, friends and associates.
As a result, it builds my capacity to initiate and maintain interpersonal relationships with others. If you have challenges in identifying and interpreting other people’s emotional states, then you should also consider composing or singing soul music.
7. Slows down aging
I have learnt that the memory and speech processing benefits that I have been gaining since I was young are still extending into my sunset years. Whenever I compare myself to friends and associates of almost similar age, I notice my ability to remember more sensory information such as auditory, tactile and visual data. My friends and associates who didn’t write or sing soul music when they were young have comparatively less ability to remember similar sensory information.
8. Fosters my ability to solve scientific and mathematical challenges
There’s a strong relationship between solving problems in science/ math and composing soul music. Musical notes, rhythms, chords and octaves can be understood scientifically.
A recent scientific study established that children who start learning music when they are still very young perform extremely well in spatial temporal reasoning (ability to visualize and understand how spatial patterns fit together).
9. Improves my mental health
My mental health has improved to a great extent because of writing and singing soul music. When I compare my present life to the life I had before launching my musical career, am convinced that I have become more focused and less aggressive, angry and depressed.
According to medical experts, people who write music and sing have thicker brain cortexes in places that regulate emotions. Such people therefore have superior abilities as far as controlling emotions is concerned.
Since I actively write and sing soul music, I believe that am less prone to suffering from psychological complications.