What does music do for you?

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  1. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 12 years ago

    I have found music to be a powerful part of my life and have done since I discovered New Kids on the Block when I was like 8 lol

    I can get obsessive over music sometimes. When I first heard the band "Cowboy Junkies" I was so deeply moved and I didn't know music could do that! My next total obsession was Tori Amos. I heard her when in ICU after my first suicide attempt and if the Cowboy Junkies moved me then Tori transported me to another world! Her music has actually (as far as I care) saved my life during the darkest days of my depression. I remember walking to the aurora bridge in Seattle to jump off when one of her songs started playing in my head and suddenly I just wanted to be home, in bed to cry and listen to music.

    Now a days I like to listen to music that really pumps me up, some Tori songs do that and some do not (more mellow and relaxing then I need). I find that I am often doing very boring and tedious work here online and having something that really pumps me up can turn a boring task into a really fun task.

    I refuse to listen to downer music anymore. I just wont listen to the likes of 'Hole' or 'NIN' because I can find the lyrics and emotion to the songs depressing, something I just don't need or empathise with anymore.

    So what does music do for you?
    Does it move you deeply or is it just a bit of light entertainment?

    1. Alecia Murphy profile image73
      Alecia Murphyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Music moves me to write, learn, think, dream and do so many things. I don't define music in one way because it does so much in my life. It's just like when  you have love in your life. There's no way to love one way, that's what makes life, love, and music so profound- there's more than one way to appreciate and enjoy it. Great question btw!

    2. profile image57
      Hailey Monackoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      music allows me to go into a special frame of creativity, I think that it is in essence a huge part of my life...my heart of music is expressed in my most recent piece "Concreto au Violin" http://www.amazon.com/Concreto-au-Violi … amp;sr=8-2 and to hear the responses of fans lights up my sole...its an amazing feeling to know that your music that you have written has received 5 star ratings!
      Thanks all smile

    3. alwritetea profile image61
      alwriteteaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Music is absolutely the reason I breathe in and out everyday. It is the blood that flows through my veins. It simply makes me who I am. It is my best friend, my lover, my life partner, my soul. I am not a musician of any kind, just an appreciator, but as I sell records for a living, I get a great pleasure out of bringing music and people together.

      Great question, thanks for asking! ; )

      1. Marla Rose profile image72
        Marla Roseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Music is very good for the soul.  For me it is relaxing and puts me in another state of mind.  I love to listen to music all the time.  It can absolutely change your mood from sad and lonely to happy and energetic!  I find that when I want to unwind from a long day at work if I play some music when I get home, it makes me want to clean, vacuum, rearrange furniture and paintings, cook a gourmet meal and plenty of other things as well.  Music is soothing to the ears.  I don't know where we would be without music!

    4. Onlinedrivered profile image60
      Onlinedriveredposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely right..Music wipes our mental frustations...it gives peace when we are going  through so many problems

      1. kirstenblog profile image79
        kirstenblogposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I find different music can do different things, some music can make me dance, other music can relax me. Some songs bring back some chapter of my life in vivid detail since that was when I first listened to it. It is like it is anchored to that point in life.

  2. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 12 years ago

    Music has always had a powerful effect on me. A song can totally change my mood!

    1. kirstenblog profile image79
      kirstenblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I am just the same habee! I actually try to use it when I am feeling down or depressed or whatever. An uplifting song can make all the difference! big_smile

      I also really enjoy music with a meaning, something that questions the political or social systems can be very empowering smile
      As a kid I loved listening to Tracy Chapman with my adopted mom big_smile

  3. emievil profile image68
    emievilposted 12 years ago

    I love music but I'm mostly in pop rock or mellow rock or something like that. I like 'old' songs - 80's, 90's and specific songs in the 70's. IDK but I used to leave my radio on the whole night before and I always had a good night's sleep when I do this. If I really like a song, I can play it over and over and over again for several hours. I just never get tired of it. smile

    1. kirstenblog profile image79
      kirstenblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I used to play the radio all night too. I used to love having the music in my dreams (I still would but hubby uses music for our alarm and now when I hear music it means time to get up). I remember waking up in the middle of the night once when they announced that Tori Amos was going to have a concert in our city. I wrote it all down then went back to sleep, and was super happy when I woke up that morning! lol

      1. emievil profile image68
        emievilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Now that's something girl. You woke up in the middle of the night?!!!!

        1. kirstenblog profile image79
          kirstenblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Too right I did! My subconscious must have twigged that my conscious would definitely want to know about that little bit of info! lol

  4. prettydarkhorse profile image57
    prettydarkhorseposted 12 years ago

    Hi kirsten...

    I will dance if I like the rhythm of the song. Samba.

    It can make me smile too.

  5. web-tools profile image41
    web-toolsposted 11 years ago

    Hi kirsten,

    Music is my passion..I use to work all day long in my computer, so it make me happy and taking good workout..sometime it force me to dance.

    I use to sing also...start singing in the working time..

    1. profile image57
      Hailey Monackoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree how music does everything well almost for the mood.

  6. DarylnCochrane profile image79
    DarylnCochraneposted 11 years ago

    Music is the universal language of all! I love music. Whenever I am walking or traveling alone, my music is there to keep me company. I love how different songs evoke certain emotions as they are related to different times in my life. Sometimes hearing a song that I haven't heard in a while will strike up a memory of a time, person or place that I may not have thought of if I didn't hear that particular song. I love how music can do that for me. I have different ring tones of songs that I use for the people who call me. When I hear the tone, I know exactly who is calling because the song reminds me of who it is. Really cool, especially when I am listening to music on my phone and it's in my pocket!

  7. Pcunix profile image92
    Pcunixposted 11 years ago

    Honestly, if there were no music in the world I would not care.

    I don't "feel" it deeply and it doesn't matter very much to me.  I can enjoy some of it, but I could just as easily live without it.

    For me, you might say it's like desert after dinner.  That's nice sometimes, but I definitely don't do it every day and if you told me that I could never eat desert again I'd just shrug my shoulders:  no great loss.

    It's the same with music.  I almost never turn on the radio in my car and if I do, it's to listen to NPR, not music.  My wife does the same.  We don't play any music in our home office, either.   It's just not important to us.

  8. Joy56 profile image68
    Joy56posted 11 years ago

    i was in love with everything Motown in my youth.....  I find now i am older i cannot stand loud music, which is amazing to everyone, i think i have somehow damaged my inner ear.....  I love John Martyn sadly he has died.   I have started listening to Michael Bouble, is that how you spell it.....  everyone laughs at me especially my husband, but he sings nice songs i like, and he is relaxing..... help i am old.....

    also i have had some very sad times in my life, some music i used to love makes me cry a lot because of the memories.  I choose new music. with no memories.  I have seen quite a lot of the shows, and like the music from them also, but i have heard them too many times now...

    I love to hear children sing actually.

    1. kirstenblog profile image79
      kirstenblogposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Funny how our tastes change eh? I have music that makes me cry because of the memories that come with it too. I used to hate folk/country music but these days I am enjoying it more and more, for some reason it reminds me of life as a kid on the goat farm. I like being reminded of those wild days with acres of woods to explore every day.

  9. Joy56 profile image68
    Joy56posted 11 years ago

    a goat farm aw, that sounds so cool......

    1. kirstenblog profile image79
      kirstenblogposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Baby goats are the cutest!!!!
      I loved feeding them every day and playing with them but don't try to ride goats.  The females aren't big enough and the billy goats......
      Well they use their urine as cologne to attract the ladies, so they do tend to stink! Also they are not above throwing you off and into a barn wall but thats not me speaking from experience at all lol wink

  10. dmop profile image85
    dmopposted 11 years ago

    Music is a very big part of my life. I use it for everything, and it does much for me. I use it to consciously control my moods, not only during meditation, but all through out my day as well. As I find myself unemployed at the moment, I also give guitar and vocal lessons to help my bank account, amoung many other small streams of income. I wish this were a question, because I would write a Hub in response for the upcoming contest.

  11. Joy56 profile image68
    Joy56posted 11 years ago

    yuk sounds like you have lots of experience..... do you make jewellery, i seem to remember you displaying your work somewhere.....

    1. kirstenblog profile image79
      kirstenblogposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I do a lot of art designs to be sold on print on demand products through zazzle, its slow going but its building up. I am hoping to get it to a point where I am selling stuff daily, atm its a few a week (2-3 on average). So far they only do necklaces but I hear rumors they will be adding to the jewelry range with would be so cool cool

  12. sofs profile image78
    sofsposted 11 years ago

    I cannot work without music... especially all the chores around the house.. Soft music.. instrumental while reading or writing smile

  13. Joy56 profile image68
    Joy56posted 11 years ago

    ah i knew i had looked at your work before.... I have started jewellery making.  I got a job, for a term working with people with acquired head injuries.  They wanted to learn how to make jewellery so i have been learning, of course i now have another addiction...... will check out your stuff.......

  14. profile image0
    Ghostwolfeposted 11 years ago

    For me music takes the stress away and allows me to get that freedom in that comes with a good beat. Music also seems to offer me a way out of writers block that occurs and the beats or just simply listening to the lyrics gives me a 'sledgehammer' to break the walls down and get to writing. Without music writing, playing games and even cleaning would take a lot longer and feel as if it was just another job.

    1. snigdha.s profile image74
      snigdha.sposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Music is relaxing. The best companion at times. I love listening to soft and soothing music. A beautiful quote by Robert Browning, a famous poet says it all " Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once".


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