Originally Posted by onwardbound
so as big music person, this is a really fascinating question because I can still remember growing up, being into stuff like nine inch nails, or elliott smith, or dark music like nirvana, etc. my parents would always say things to me like listening to that stuff will change my value system, or that this type of music is hurting the 'youth'. i disagree. i couldn't agree more w/fellow traveler. a song, like a poem, is like a snapshot of feelings and emotions. as someone who still has a hard time talking about their emotions, I'm so glad I can put on a record and release those feelings listening to lyrics and melodies.
I could't disagree more. Music is like coffee. You listen to it, you feel it. If it's sad, you feel sad and continue to feel sad. You don't "release" anything, you just keep getting stuck in the same mud.
Now, I can admit that at times when I have reason to be sad it is sometimes calming to listen to sombre music, but only with a really good excuse. Otherwise 99% of the time you are better off not listening to it and getting out of your rut. Listen to some new age or classical and lift yourself off the dirty floor.