Can Certain types of music be damaging?

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tsdearman
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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I love music. It really helps me feel. But sometimes I wonder if I am listening to the wrong kind of music. I love my hard rock. But can that be more damaging?

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   Posted 6/25/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
yes some music is very acidic, acutally creates acidic waste in the body. 

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   Posted 6/25/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmm, I dunno. I like my music, and play music too suit my mood. I'm cheerful-on comes build me up buttercup by the foundations. Sad- Choir music, crtain songs that remind me of my friends who have passed on. Feelng sorry for myself-emotional rock. Angry-any hard rocky shouty songs.

It doesn't change how I react too things, but it gives me something more too concentrate on. Hard rocky songs are brilliant for being loud enough too shut out my thoughts, and I never think about what is being sung or even the lyrics too those songs.

I find if I listen too certain songgs it helps release my emotions rather than letting them get all pent up.

This may just be me though:P
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   Posted 6/25/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Gems said it well..................and I agree. Now if I was a teen and the music was ruling my life then I think we could have an issue but I don't think that is you tsdearman.

The lyrics you posted were by 3 doors down..............3 Doors Down is considered a phenomenon within the music industry. The group is lauded for bringing melody, hooks, wholesomeness, and a straightforward approach back to rock 'n' roll which, at the time that the group put out its first CD in early 2000, often was considered to be in its dying stages or to have been co-opted by genres such as rap/rock, punk, and heavy metal.

I do not think the music you like, tsdearman,  is consider toxic.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Music certainly affects your mood and different types of music stimulate your brain in different ways (Hence why we prefer different music at different times). I guess its just a case of finding what best suits you.

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tsdearman
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   Posted 6/25/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering because I always seem to choose music that triggers a little bit of sadness and makes me think about all the things I have missed out of in life.

3 doors down is mellow considered to most of what I listen to but I have to say they are incredible. His music seems to fit what I am feeling.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey tsdearman,

The fact that you are questioning what music you listen to is good.  Music can actually be a negative influence, depending on what type of message the music carries.  My ex-husband was a Metallica fan.  I liked the occasional Metallica song myself, but my ex became addicted.  It started with "Mandatory Metallica" playing on the radio, every weeknight at 10pm.  Then my ex started going out to his car to get the "full sound system" effect of the Metallica.  Twenty minutes on the radio turned into two hours from the CDs, still in his car.  He got angry, selfish, and distructive.  He started driving around listening to Metallica, getting more careless every day.  Then he started picking up other women on the internet, and talking to them on his cell phone during "Mandatory Metallica".  Generally, the more he wrapped himself up in the music, the more he removed himself from his life.  Pretty soon, I saw the writing on the wall.  I couldn't even connect with my ex anymore.  He wasn't willing to change anything, not even his music.  Basically, he chose his "Metallica World" to the real world, and I kicked him to the curb.

Listening to sad songs when you are sad is fine, happy songs when you are happy.  However, if the music begins to dictate your mood to you, check yourself and go read a book.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Amen Hoping!!

I have to watch what I listen too.. I will get in my depressive moods and play certain songs that will bring me to tears.

To this day my b/f will not let me play Pink (Family portrait) without griping at me.

If you feel the words it can make things either worse or better.
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buxtonman
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   Posted 6/25/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
i now what your saying. iam depressed all the time and some songs seam to make it works. what it is the tone of the song and the word can really make you said. that's what i think. i hope u start feeling better. we need support thats what we need:)
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   Posted 6/25/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
In my case, music can be extremely damaging, since I kind of take over the mood of the song. I used to listen to filmic style music, which is instrumental music made for suggesting emotions. Some songs where sad, and listening to that made me feel really bad.

Nowaways I take a little care of selecting the songs I will listen to, and it works great.
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   Posted 6/25/2008 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
This is very interesting to read , it has long since been recognised that certain sound frequencies are positive or negative to our brain functioning , mood enhancers if you like , it is as enWayen says , taking over the mood of the song.

repetitive beat acts as a hypnotic influence , one only has to watch certain concerts and see the majority of the receptive audience in a trance like state . many cultures use specific musics to induce trances for
religeous rituals .

I think if you are feeling very fragile then it is best to avoid the sad mood enhancing music , unless you need to release emotion , at times I need an catalist to release locked in tears , the crying always makes me feel more serene after . but this something I use with care , if I need to up my mood I have a lovely 1950's best of rock and roll , stuff like chantilly lace , which is so vital and exhuberante , that it makes me happy in spite of myself ;

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tsdearman
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   Posted 6/26/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Cranky,

are you from Texas because we used to have "mandatory Metallica" here. Yes I am a Metallica fan infact they are my favorite band however I don't use their music to feel things. When I am feeling sad I want to hear songs that relate to making a change. Like if you have ever heard the song: "Movin On" by Rascal Flats, that song really touches me as well. Just it makes me think of all that I've missed and I get so wrapped up in the song and though it moves me, I have yet to get out there and do something different.

I am a recovering addict, I have severe depression, and mood disorders, I suffer from social anxiety/phobia and PTSD. I had my first child at 23 and my mom raises her. I have been clean for 5 years and have regained custody of my 2nd child, I had another child with my husband and in 5 weeks will have another. So of my 4 children I have custody of 3. Yes I have made a lot of changes. Being that I was an addict, I have spent some time in jail, and in the last run, I decided enough was enough. I wanted to change. However I have made much progress, I still have a hard time coping in this world I now live in because it is "Normal" and I am used to the fast life. I don't know how to make friends because the kind of people I want to associate with now, I don't relate to.... Hence the social phobia. Anyways everyday I am making more progress. Today I enrolled in Beauty College, and just last week I spoke with my daughter for the first time in 5 years...I think one of the toughest things for me is it takes soooooo long to correct and rectify the mistakes that I have made but when I was living the fast life, things were immediate. But the song "It's the only one you've got" (3 Doors Down) is what motivated me to call my daughter. So everyday is a work in progress.

Thank you all for listening

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   Posted 6/26/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tsdeerman

Your story is so positive , thanks for sharing , you have so much courage and determination .
that must have been so good to call your daughter. Children are so forgiving when we explain things to them, and tell them how it was . I hope that you both can now work towards building up relationship together . keep posting and tell us how you progress and all about the beauty college , that must be exciting and you will meet new people in a learning situation which is just great for social contact .

Take care and sending you all good wishes dejavu
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Post Edited (dejavu) : 6/26/2008 3:31:20 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 6/26/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Music will definitely enhance my mood in one way or another but I don't feel it really dictates how I'm feeling. If I'm feeling sad and I listen to a sad song, I'll just start bawling, haha. But I could listen to that same song in a good mood and not feel sad.

I personally don't really like metal or rap or anything of that nature anymore. I can listen to it on occaision but usually it just bothers me. My two favorite artists/bands to listen to are Radiohead and Fiona Apple though so.. I like the "softer" stuff :)
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   Posted 6/26/2008 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Great thread.

I have always picked out a song to play for my son on the day he died and if I am missing him, I will play a couple songs, and let the tears flow.  Then I remember the good things we shared as he loved to dance and he will dance forever in my heart.

I will admit that music touches my soul and gets my happy feet moving.

I have enjoyed reading all your posts.
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   Posted 6/26/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
stkitt,

I understand the loss. My father committed suicide in January of this year, and this was NOT what I needed. My father was a pillar of the community, a DR. in Theology and had a world wide ministry teaching disicipleship and the Grace of God. It was a shock to us all. I miss him dearly. BUT before he died for the first time in my life he told me how PROUD he was of me. I DID need that and am grateful that I was able to rebuild our relationship.

And Thank you Dejavu for your encouraging words. I don't feel so positive these days. Like I said progress is very slow moving and can be discouraging at times. BUT I have only been a member for a few days and I will be honest. When I found this online forum, I was on the brink of complete breakdown, I really feel better. Talking and sharing with what I consider a support group has helped. I never really thought it would. But I got out today and accomplished something and am making another change that will enhance my life. THANK YOU all!!!

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   Posted 6/26/2008 11:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Just the word proud stuck in my head then. One of my fave most inspiring songs is proud by heather small. It really makes me sit back and think of all the achievements I've made that day. It can even be something small, like cooking my dinner without burning the house down or walking to the shop, or remembering every single tablet at the correct times. Then I reward myself with chocolate or chocolate spread and peanut butter on toast.....Mmmmm......
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