Monday, July 21, 2008

So What Kind Of Music Are You Listening To, These Days?

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In Times Of Gloom, Listen To Uplifting Music!

What was once only in the realm of hypotheses and theory, with just a semblance of evidence to back, has now been proven by overwhelming empirical data. Entertainment recommendation website TheFilter.Com says a good many Americans are now tuning in to depressing music these days: perhaps a reflection of the depressing news that is bombarding them and all of us 24X7.

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The conclusion from the empirical observation is this: that when we have the blues, our natural propensity is to reinforce it by some more sad, soulful, melancholy music. And we actually enjoy going deeper down the spiral of self-pity and wallow-of-depression.

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Sia's "Breathe Me" song has just the sort of lyrics to help you reach there. The haunting music and that melodious voice soothes, but ironically the song as a whole is just the right, poignant setting for our mood of doom and gloom. Sia's "Breathe Me" incidentally tops the most popular depressing song in the list compiled by website.

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[* Image of Sia Furler, who crooned the "Breathe Me" song that brought her international fame. ]

Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before
Hurt myself again today
And, the worst part is there's no-one else to blame

How true. There is no one else to blame, but me. It is in my hands to uplift my moods from the morass. It is my choice entirely to be happy.

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Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small
and needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

Yes, we need the nourishing support of understanding hearts and the warm touch of healing hands to bring us back to life. But what if there aren't any around? Oh, we summon the inner nourishment and the inner love for self to provide the support and the healing.

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Ouch I have lost myself again
Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found,
Yeah I think that I might break
Lost myself again and I feel unsafe

It is an ongoing game of life. Losing oneself again and again in the wilderness of negative thoughts and dark self-pity. Does take an effort, considerable effort in fact, to come out of the wilderness and into the light. To make an effort itself requires some effort. But it comes automatically, once we make up our mind to beat it all.

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Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small
and needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

It is the "I am small and needy" that needs to be re-spun, rewoven, and reshaped into something that is more self-enhancing. What the new words should be, depends on our particular set of circumstances. But to banish such negative thoughts is a must, and if we have to beat the blues and the depressive moods, let's turn towards more uplifting tracks.

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Here is the song. This time, listen to it with the full knowledge that it is meant to uplift you!

We aren't talking escapism here. We are simply taking a decision to be happy, and remain happy, whatever be the circumstances around us. Here is another post about another beautiful song - it never fails to uplift!

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  1. Interesting points you have made about how sad people listen to sad music, almost as if to reinforce that they are sad. Why does this occur?

    Depression is something that so many people battle against. I believe that maintaining a positive trajectory in life relies upon one's ability to mentally condition themselves to think positively during times of doubt, anxiety, and fear. With extensive practice this can be accomplished.


  2. Very interesting observation, and yes, I can see that I do that. I instinctively look for music to soothe my soul. And if it happens that my spirits are down at that time, I am more apt to choose a matching melancholy song to match.

    To me, I feel this is fine as long as my melancholy doesn't last too long... wallow, yes... just not to drag it on... bounce back... breathe again.

    One such song is "the Dance" by Garth Brooks. In tough times, it reminds me that, looking back, I wouldn't change anything... every experience, every encounter has helped me to grow and come to this point/space of gratitude... yes, there was pain and there was sadness, etc. But it was what it was and as it was... exactly as I needed it, it would seem now.

    What I am listening to now... the "Water Crystal Healing" CDs and they, very subtly, feed my spirit, help me to focus, and just an overall feeling of well-being. Awesome power of music this is!

    Thank you for sharing this post, and reminding me of what is often taken for granted.

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