This picture showed up in my Facebook news feed earlier today, and while I normally just like such pictures and move on, a comment caught my attention. The comment said, "This is why I don't listen to music often. I want my own perception, uneffected." Frankly, this baffled me, but it also got me thinking.
Just before I saw this, I had realized that I have been listening to less music lately. I work a lot, and while music is always playing, its generally the same twenty songs over and over again. Most of those are what most consider to be "mainstream" pop, hip hop, classic rock, ect. Rarely does it play a song I greatly connect with at work. Then when I come home, I tend to just veg out on YouTube, catching up on other people's lives and creativity until I go to bed.
That doesn't mean I'm not still listening to music, because I am, but its not for hours a day like it used to be. I have been super busy recently, and actually with such a hectic schedule, has come a lot more stress, and some worries about the capablities I have for future goals. Such as moving out, getting Immortal Music to the levels I dream of it being, or Remedy X to the level they all aspire to be. I've found myself recoiling, rather than standing strong and doing what I want. A couple months ago, it would have been the exact opposite, there was no backing down. There was no giving up because "its easier", there was just me being stubborn and pushing on, even when most people would be giving up.
So, now I'm wondering -is there a connection? I've always agreed with everyone who's ever said that music gives people strength. I've said time and time again that it is everything, so seeing this comment actually totally baffled me. A brief conversation sparked up, and it appears as though the girl thought I was angry at her for not agreeing with the power of music. I wasn't, I was just geniunely confused. She went on to say that she didn't like the control music had over her.
This was something I had never heard, nor had I thought about it. She had felt the control of music and somehow...didn't like it? It just has me confused, considering here I am wondering if I need the power of music to actually keep my hopes up high (and my head down low) and at the same time there's someone saying they'd rather not be influenced by music. The conversation didn't go much further than that, but my thoughts are now going a mile a minute.
I had never given it a thought that someone might not like the control music has. Now that I am thinking of it, I could see how some might even see it as mind control. Given, to me, that sounds like some sort of conspiracy theory, and that's not the case here. It does sort of make sense on some level, though. The girl I was talking to said she wants her own perception, and to have one that's unaffected. My first thought wasn't even "How could you not listen to music?" My first thought was actually, "Your perception is always affected.." Your preception is influenced by a lot of things, music just happens to be one of those things. There's the opinions of others, that you may have heard growing up, on television, or the internet. Other people's preceptions are everywhere, and you may not realize it but they do sometimes effect your own. You form your own opinions on things by considering facts, and other opinions others have presented to you.
Yes, music does change the way you precieve the world, but its only a small factor in your perception of things devoloping. How I've always seen it, lyrics are a window to a song writer's soul. There's been so many musicians that have said they only wrote a song because they couldn't get out what was bothering them any other way. They use it as a form of expression, and pass it on to the world. Others then connect with it, or they don't. Music connects the world, you just have to be open to it. Being closed off to it, in my mind, is like being closed off to the world. Obviously, that's not the case for everyone, but that's my first thought. Its a bit extreme, I know that, but that's sort of how I see it.
Another obvious thing, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. With that though, everyone is allowed to be baffled by such opinions. There is nothing wrong with respectfully questioning someone. Because, hey, that's how you learn. That's how you can modify your perception on things. You have to be open minded, and I admit, that probably sounds very contradictory, since I cannot seem to wrap my head around someone not loving the power music has. I'm trying to though.
I don't actually know what the point of writing this was, I had a point when I started, but it seems to have been lost along the way. I think maybe it was to get others thinking, or many it was just to get my own thoughts sorted out. I'm not sure. Everyone has their own opinions, so what's yours? What do you think about the power of music? Let me know.
Also, I really do think I need to make it a point to listen to as much music as possible. I'm noticing it keeps me strong. Without it, I have a feeling I'm going to end up devoloping anxiety, or am just going to end up stress quitting everything that I'm passionate about. Without music basically talking me through things, I could easily see myself eventually just talking myself out of all the stressful things, rather than talking myself through it. That's not good. If you let yourself talk yourself out of everything, you will find yourself stuck in a rut. Stop waiting for the minute had to pick you up, just go for it. I feel compelled to quote about five songs right now, but I won't. See? I think that's more proof I need music in my life at all times, I can't even give advice without quoting lyrics.
Music is everything to me. If its not to you, well, then I'm afraid I just don't understand. If you'd like to respectfully explain, then please do, but if you can't do that, then just carry on. We can agree to disagree sometimes.
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