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Old 09-07-2009, 10:42 PM
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What common trait(s) does all the music that has positively affected your life have?

I don't know. We all love music of completely different styles, but why do I hold Dr. Dre on the same level as say Harvey Milk? Maybe one of you intelligent, eloquent types care to elaborate on this topic. Saying it makes you "feel" a certain way is a cop out and will not do.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:01 AM
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uh. I used to be an emo shitfag who wallowed in self-pity but in 9th/10th grade I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself because of Rage Against The Machine and studied up on political things. And yeah, they're like one of the first big music things to really change my life.

Pretty much the same thing happened later in 10th grade when I heard my first metal song. The sonic aural assault dulled my senses and it began the transformation.

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Old 09-08-2009, 12:05 AM
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wait um i don't think i understand wtf this thread is asking.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:27 AM
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First of all thanks for starting a thread worth posting in.

I like music that I can force onto others, and call them gay if they don't follow.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:15 AM
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It doesn't. All of my favourite music is unqiue. Maybe that's what it all has in common...
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:50 AM
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Well, I find all my favorite bands kinda have this driving force to them, like lyrically or musically theyre about kinda standin up for yourself and being your own person and not taking bullshit from bullies and stuff, and they all make a statement wit either the lyrics or music.. As well as that, I love music thats unique, and the creators aren't single-minded, or they just dont give a shit what people think.. Its interesting, I've often had this discussion with my psychology teacher..
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:33 AM
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It either gives me an eargasm or a tingle up the spine or is just technically amazing. If it sticks in my head, the music not the lyrics, then it must be good!
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:18 AM
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But on many levels, how the music makes you feel is a big part of what decides what one chooses to listen to.

One thing I think is necessary is to define what music is. Granted, it is a series of tones structured together, but it's obviously more that that. and you musicians might have a better way to put it.

For me, music is the sound of emotion. And from there, we get how music makes us feel. From classical orchestra to the bubble gum pop they play on the radio, music is designed to elicit an emotional response.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:31 AM
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It's really hard to say. I don't think there is one giant underlying theme in all the music I really enjoy, but if I had to pick one element that I tend to go for most, it's hooks. I love catchy stuff. If a band can combine great musicianship and metal-ish qualities with strong songwriting and catchy hooks, I'm likely to fall in love. From the prog to the power to the old school metal I listen to, the memorable hooks play a huge part. A song generally needs to either make me go: "Fuck yeah" and put my fist in the air, sing-along with the catchiness, or be amazed by the emotion, power, or beauty. If a band can't make me do any of that, I'm most likely not going to spend my time listening to it.
That's still a very loose answer, but it'll have to do for now.

Oh, and in before Indestructable says amazing lyrics are why he loves the music he loves.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:35 AM
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But on many levels, how the music makes you feel is a big part of what decides what one chooses to listen to.

From classical orchestra to the bubble gum pop they play on the radio, music is designed to elicit an emotional response.
I just have to agree! It also may elicit certain images in our minds
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