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Rock music is not at all ABOUT wanting them Benjamins, ha

My music taste has shifted. I can't listen to rock music without feelings of sadness. Don't get me wrong, I grew up with rock music all my life. I liked it, loved it or so I thought.

So here it goes:

I was sitting in my corner of the house, jamming out to My Chemical Romance, they were a favorite of mine at the age of thirteen, when I suddenly found myself actually singing along to lyrics that go a little something like this: "I'm not okay...You wear me out." It's song about a teenage romance gone wrong. I can now see maybe rock music  playing a depressing role in my teenage angsty years.

The lead singer, Gerard Way knows something about depressing beauty that can be heard through his wails and cries in songs like "Helena" and "I don't love you."

Instead of creating feelings of fear and loneliness, I choose instead to turn to the present and not the past (like listening to my early rock music tastes) and leave those CDs to burn. Just kidding, I choose instead to create art with the CDs.

I do not want to let music dictate my moods, not any sad mood at least. Instead, I try to listen to groovy music. I define groovy music as uplifting music. I am not a fan of hers, but I know that Pink often has great positive music that tends to  a girl's potential. I'm not sure if I can listen to her without wanting to feel like I just gained 20 lbs of arm guns and a kickbutt haircut. ha ha.

BUT if that sort of music gets you in the mood to become a better YOU than you have every right to choose to listen to it. I know many, many, and I mean many people that listen to music that harms women's rights. There are too many to name. Yet, if you find yourself singing along to lyrics such as, "I'm a boss a** B****," you may want to go back into your ipod library and really study what you have.

I for one love listening to classical music. It's calming and has study potential. I'm not sure if it's because I am boring or not, but really, actually listening to classical music makes me feel 10% smarter.

It makes me feel good and that's what I want. I want girls to feel good about themselves. Too feel that they define themselves. I'm not sure if Miley or any popular artist is doing just that. I don't know, y'all tell me. Am I being too hard on artists these days?




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Comment by Isabel Meza on September 27, 2013 at 3:11pm

I completely agree that music does sort of affect one's mood and perspective! Most people hear a song, but dont really LISTEN to it. There's a lot of harmful, demeaning lyrics in a large part of popular music nowadays and it hurts when I hear so many wonderful people praising the artist. There's really no need for all popular songs to include messages that endorse unsafe sex and recreational drug use. It's not healthy and the youth of today doesn't need to be inclined to participate in these actions because Kanye West said it was "cool".

Comment by Diana Abou-Saleh on September 27, 2013 at 9:26am

Haha! I know exactly what you mean. I like rock music too, but I don't let it dictate my mood either. Well, I guess it depends. If I'm listening to Don't Stop Believing by Journey, I tend to feel more motivated than if I'm listening to The A Team by Ed Sheeran. It just happens. 

I also like to listen to classical music when I'm studying. But it depends on what I'm studying. If it requires my full concentration and attention, the I choose classical music. If it doesn't, the I listen to film scores (Film Major). 

In my opinion,  the purpose of music should be to inspire and carry some sort of message (which most songs do, and others just completely suck). Still, everyone is different. So no one can predict how a particular song will make them feel. 




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