An introvert’s guide to music

So, I’m a self-proclaimed introvert. Don’t get me wrong””I love people (mostly), but social interactions wear me out. After a night of socializing (or even a long day of classes and meetings), I have to take some time to recharge before returning to the world of extroverts. If this sounds like you, read on. All of us introverts may have different methods for recharging, but I’ve got a few musical suggestions that might help you out, ranging in genre from classical to alternative rock.

If you haven’t turned to classical music for your introverted needs, then you’re missing out on a vast pool of introvert resources. Obviously, everyone differs in their preferences, but I suggest checking out some more introspective stuff; I am by no means an expert on classical music, but I’ve managed to cultivate some familiarity with the genre.

A certain wise professor once recommended Chopin’s series of nocturnes to me, and I can attest to their incredible richness. Ranging from dark and deep to sweet and optimistic, this collection of brief piano pieces evokes a wide range of emotions and encourages you to check in with yourself””which is what introvert recovery is all about, after all.

If you’re interested in a wider variety, check out the London Symphony Orchestra’s compilation titled “The Dark Side of Classical Music”; it provides four hours’ worth of fascinating pieces, none of which disappoint. Obviously, these suggestions are only the tip of the iceberg; start from here and explore for yourself!

Now, to move on from classical music, I’d like to talk about some jazz. You might think jazz is meant to get you moving, but don’t forget how incredibly soulful and uplifting it can be. One of my favorite artists is Eva Cassidy””her voice contains so much feeling, and it really gets right to your heart. Comb through her “Best Of” album to start off; I especially love her version of “Autumn Leaves” when I’m in the mood for some quality time with myself.

I’m not familiar enough with jazz to suggest many specific options, but look for the blues-driven, soulful stuff and you’ll find something for your introverted sensibilities.

Finally, let’s get into some more rock-driven music. Obviously, this genre is practically endless and I can’t even begin to address the possibilities, but I’ve got a few personal favorites to share. As far as classic rock goes, you can’t go wrong with Pink Floyd. One of the band’s less popular albums, “A Momentary Lapse of Reason,” is definitely worth a listen during your introvert time; this is a highly complex and creative album.

It’s harder to find this kind of classic rock music, but I’d also direct you to the Eagles or Eric Clapton.

As for more modern selections, one of my absolute favorite albums is Woodkid’s “Golden Age”””you might recognize “Run Boy Run” from the soundtrack to Divergent, but the rest of the album truly shines, especially if you’re looking for introspective music. And even though I’ve already devoted an entire article to his awesomeness, I’ll redirect you to Beck, not only for “Morning Phase” but also his earlier album “Sea Change.”

I could offer plenty more alt-rock-type albums for the introverted listener, but these are some starting points for now.

Music is one of the best vehicles we have for helping ourselves look inside and engage in some serious self-reflection. Fellow introverts, when you’re in need of a break from living in an extroverted world, be sure to use this vehicle to your advantage.