No matter how small or how large when the band is playing you’re sure to see a group of women (and sometimes men) screaming their heads off, sometimes going so far as to jump onto the stage. The remarkable thing is, it doesn’t seem to matter how attractive the musician; he always seems to get the girl.
According to research on the subject, it is something akin to the birds. The male birds tend to have more colorful plumage than do females, the most obvious examples being the cardinal and the peacock. If you look at both a male and female cardinal you will notice that the male is bright red in color while the female is more of a dull, brownish-red color. Same with the peacock; the male has brightly colored feathers and a large tail to wave around while the female peacock (called a peahen) has no large tail or brightly colored feathers.
Human beings have a part of the brain that I call the “feel good” area. Whenever we hear something that we agree with that part of our brain gets tickled and releases feel good chemicals into our bodies. The same thing happens when we are around someone we trust, when something happens to make us feel important in a situation, and when we exercise.
So when a female bird sees a male bird that is pleasing to the eye with brightly colored plumage she assumes that male can provide offspring, which for them is the point. When a human female views a musician strutting around the stage brandishing his feathers (saxophone, guitar, drums) she has the same primal instinct, and that feel good part of the brain start to tickle. Musicians can also be very narcissistic which can also be seen as self confidence, another trait that draws people to them.
If you think about music through the ages, it has been used to charm the opposite sex for many hundreds of years. It was a normal part of life during the Elizabethan Era (mid 1500’s to early 1600’s), that women were homeschooled and taught to dance and play music. During the 18th century the Japanese Geisha were expected to entertain their clients with traditional song and dance, and up until women started to work outside of the home it was expected that they would know how to play some sort of musical instrument.
For a person who studies and decides to pursue music as a career, there are many choices other than the usual choices of becoming a singer or musician in a band. For an individual who is interested in working with computers but also loves music becoming a sound engineer or a sound designer could be a good career choice. For someone who loves to teach becoming a music teacher in grade school or college would be a great fit. Hollywood is always looking for talented individuals and working with music in films would be a fascinating career.