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Mar
08
2010

I have a special relationship with music.

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by Reach Out Friends

I wouldn’t say I’m really into music – I don’t have thousands of songs or playlists on my iPod.  I don’t actually like one type of music over another.  But music is a constant in my life.

When I drive in my car, I like it loud and fast and I find myself screaming the words out (but that doesn’t mean I speed!).  When I am home writing or reading, I like it soft with melody and words can be optional.

Songs change my mood, help my mood.  Songs remind me of people and feelings – like every time I hear Big Pimpin by Jay-Z, I think of my friend, Ricky (who I haven’t talked to in a long time) and his smile (because his smile would always make me smile).  I don’t even remember him liking the song or why I have associated it with him.   I listen to Jay-Z rapping “Big Pimpin, spending cheese” and just like that I have a smile on my face.  I have a lot of songs like that.  They bring me to a good place.

Does music do that for you?  Which songs do you listen to when you want to brighten your mood?

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    Lofosoph

    I hang out with one small group of friends. They say they like me and stuff, but I don’t but it. Because my best friend who I’ve known since 3rd grade hates me now. I have no idea why. But she’s said it to my face. And every time they are giving something out, like gum for example, i ask for some but they say no. I ask why and they always say, ” Because nobody like’s you!” I have a boyfriend to talk to but I’m afraid he wont be able to do anything. He’s the only one I think who really likes me. And my family… my parents got divorced about 2 months ago now, and it’s been really hard on me. I just wanna talk to someone who understands.

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      ReachOut

      Hi Lofosoph. Thanks for leaving your comment. It sounds like you’re going through a pretty hard time with your friend and your family. Please check out our fact sheets on friendship and arguing with your parents. You can also call or email the counselors at Boys Town (not just for boys) 1-800-448-3000 and talk to them anonymously and confidentially at any time. Please take care,
      The Reach Out Crew

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    tnv

    I can totally agreeeee, music is the only thing that keeps me sane.
    I’m constantly listening to my iPod, I’m a youtube kid <3
    I just think that music is the only thing that really keeps me going.
    I listen to basically everything except classical.
    mainstream, r&b, country, rock, all of that. (:

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    Lucy

    I also use music to get out of a bad mood - especially after a really bad day at school. It takes me about half an hour to get home, so it’s like my “power half an hour” of music. I listen to everything in between, old music, new music, rock music, blues, pop, indie, instrumental, anything. My favourite upbeat song at the moment? “you make my dreams” by Hall and Oates. If you’ve seen the movie 500 days of summer, you’ll know why.

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    Reach Out

    Does anyone use music to get out of a bad mood?  A few of you have said that sometimes things will cut the good vibes but what do you do to get it back?

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    Lizzy

    YES! Music has a HUGE effect on my life! I have over a thousand songs (yes, I’m a music freak, if you want to call it that, haha), but then again, having all that music keeps you entertained. I have a wide range of music, too, so I’m pretty well-rounded in this particular area.

    Back on topic. I usually listen to The Beatles when I’m down, and some hard metal/hard rock when I’m heated up. It’s like I have different bands for different moods. When I’m down, it’s The Beatles that cheer me up. When I’m angry/frustrated, it may range from Alter Bridge to Van Halen, or even one of Rise Against’s more hardcore songs. It ultimately depends on the severity of my moods, though.

    I’m a big oldies fan, obviously, but the oldies never die out. =) The legends still live on.

    On the other hand, when I just want to be in a perky/happy mood, I may listen to Lady GaGa or maybe another pop group/artist. Not a HUGE fan of pop, but I do admit that Lady GaGa has very catchy beats in her music. Once I get a good song stuck in my head, it’s hard to get it out, and I’m usually happy the rest of the day. That is, until something happens to destroy my mood. XD

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    fainedlissifs

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    dougsky

    I totally agree with this post.

    Music has a massive effect on the way I feel - I don’t always feel like something loud or fast, or a specific person singing, or what they’re singing about. Sometimes I use it to regulate my mood - if I want to feel more upbeat, or get some energy, I’ll put on a fast, fun song. Most of the time I listen to more chilled, quiet stuff with good vocals. Acoustic.

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    Reach Out

    I cannot ever think of Beyonce and Single Ladies without seeing an image of Justin Timberlake in tights!  But am happy to hear Beyonce puts you in a good mood.

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    Reach Out

    Do you ever listen to music to get happy?  when you aren’t happy?

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    Reach Out

    I totally get that too Alex.  You can feel music!  And I am glad to hear that you enjoy watching people rock out in their cars because that is probably me.

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    Alex

    I think music is our own time, in a world where time is imposed on us. Listening and feeling music truly has to be one of the greatest pleasures that comes free to us courtesy of our ears.
    I often listen to music with a lot of bass, so it is not only my ears that are doing the listening wink
    One of my favorite sights is seeing someone in the car next to me (when they are stationary, of course!) just going for it—singing, dancing, gesturing—and letting themselves be carried away. Sometimes my soul just cries out for it!

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    Amy

    Music is my favorite constant in my life.

    Sometimes I think to myself, what would life be like without music? And I just cannot imagine it. I am completely obsessed with music, and always have been. Playing it, singing it, creating it, listening to it, dancing to it, exercising to it, doing anything to it. Tonight I saw a live show with music and dancing and was truly amazed at how many emotions the music brought out in the dancers, and in the audience.

    I too find myself associating music with certain people or times in my life and sometimes I have no idea why. All I know is that I am so thankful for music!

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    Mack

    On my way to work this morning I heard that LeAnn Womack song “I hope you dance” and it reminded me to take chances and experience life in everything I do. 

    I haven’t heard that song in years, but it brought me to a really special place.  I downloaded it the second I got into the office. smile

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    Cassie

    Music can be a big part of people’s lives. I like listening to music I can relate to and it can change depending on my mood. When I’m happy I prefer to listen to upbeat type music.

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    Stace

    I can so relate to that. Im not that into music but it travels everywhere with me and what i will listen to will change depending on how i feel. Music is awesome i find that i get lost in songs and totally forget about what im going through just for that moment and i can finally just breathe

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    Chey

    I like this post,
    I dont have thousands songs on my ipod,but im constantly on youtube finding songs with meanings
    Music for me has to have meaning or some sort of comfort to the mood im in.
    I like how you mentioned songs remind you of people etc,I totally agree with that
    I have songs that remind me of times n places.
    I listen to Taylor Swift n Kelly Clarkson alot but through in a mixture of other stuff to.

    Music really is amazing.

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