​The Benefits Of Listening To Rock Music

​The Benefits Of Listening To Rock Music

Over the years, Rock music, as well as all its sub-categories, has become one of the most heavily criticized and put-down genres.
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Over the years, Rock music, as well as all its sub-categories, has become one of the most heavily criticized and put-down genres. Main stream music has slowly drifted to the catchy cookie-cutter pop songs that play on every radio station, in every store, and on repeat in your head. Rock music has slowly been pushed to the background, but it lives on in the souls of those who prefer the heart and pure devotion that is put into rock and metal music. In the coming paragraphs, I will list some of the reasons why rock music has many more benefits than it is given credit for by the mainstream music society.

The first reason is that rock music many times has much deeper emotional content than pop music. Many people listen to metal music, and refuse to look past the “dinosaur noises” that they hear. In actuality, many screamers find that screaming is the best way for them to express their emotions, reach out, and be a light in the dark for many hopeless people.

Going along with this, rock and metal music save lives. Many songs in the rock and metal genre are written specifically to prevent teens and young adults from committing suicide. Many more attempt to help people escape self-harm and other forms of escaping their problems. This is a much nobler purpose than songs in the pop genre, where the lyrics range from drugs and alcohol to how many girls the singers have slept with in the past week. While these topics are also sung about in rock, they are sung about in the area of overcoming said addictions, in an attempt to aid others in their struggles.

Finally, rock music can suit anyone’s tastes. There are genres within rock to suit anyone: metal, emo, pop punk, rock, jazz rock, rap rock. There are so many different styles within the genre itself that it is impossible to find two bands or two groups that sound alike. The complexity of the music is also a major plus. The complicated guitar solos, the speedy double bass work, the intricate chord formations that make the most beautiful, dissonant chords you’ve ever heard, all these things make rock/metal the true wonder it can be when done right.

All in all, I hope the aforementioned characteristics help you to see that metal and rock are more than just screaming emos. It is a life-saving, incredibly complex, way of life for some people. The next time you go to make fun of someone who is listening to rock music, I hope you think about the good it may be doing for them, and consider broadening your horizons to possibly include that music on your iPod.

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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Surrendering, Peace, And Giving Up The Need To Control

Most people in my daily life most likely won't be able to tell any difference in my actions and behavior. But that doesn't matter, because to me, letting go of control means being free, and finally being at peace.

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The postmodern world in which we dwell is a world of anxiety, complexity, and uncertainty. But anxiety is often a direct result of increasingly uncertain circumstances. And in that anxiety is a need to control. We try to control ourselves, we control other people, and we try to control other people we're around. Everyone has the need to control, but how that need manifests itself is different in everyone.

And in my personal life, that manifestation of control has come in very distructive ways. I have the need to always feel good and not feel pain. I have a need to always be productive, and work too much all the time. I have a need to be loyal to my family and friends to a fault (but I'll argue that that need is an issue). I have a need to pursue happiness, even if the standard I'm trying to achieve is unattainable.

But I'll often find that the times I feel most at peace and joy are when I surrender and give up that need to control everything, and recently I've been better at it than I ever have. Yes, there are times my natural conditioned tendencies overtake me, but part of being a Christian and believing in a benevolent God means that I am not in the driver's seat in my life. God is, and everything will work out according to his plan. Psalm 46:10 tells us to "be still, and know that I am God." Philippians 4:6 tells us to "not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God."

I don't care if I go to the grave with that knowledge being false. There are many things in life that are unexplainable, and needing to have answers and that are frankly just not within our realm of control. I find myself at much more peace with my life knowing that no, I wasn't meant to be happy all the time. I wasn't meant to have everything together. I don't need to be in safe or certain situations. And that's OK, because there's a plan outside of all this.

"Trust God, no matter what," I tell myself possibly a million times a day. I find this mentality to manifest itself greatly in my interpersonal relationships and interactions. I won't internally snap or be as passive-aggressive in my impatience. I find myself to be significantly more patient and willing to wait. I don't find the need to fix people as much, because God is at work in their lives, and inserting myself too much means that I am trying to be God.

That trust and surrendering of control especially helps me and needs to happen in times when life isn't going as we like or plan. Say something doesn't go well in a relationship, with work, or I get a bad grade. Naturally, I have the urge to take the wheel from God and overcompensate to try to ameliorate a situation according to my plans. That does not mean that I'm happy or even grateful for every hurdle that is thrown in my direction. At times, I'll even be resentful. The point isn't that things go the way I want them to because I believe, it's that I believe things are right even when things don't go the way I want to.

In spite of those feelings and outcomes, the point is that I think about God, pray, and just turn to God more often in these times. I don't have to take out my anger in subtle ways on my close friends. I don't have to have every part of my schedule completely planned. I can take risks. I can go off track and indulge in something more meaningful than I was doing. And that's the word that is especially important: meaning. Nowadays I'm drawn to the activities and things that seem the most meaningful, even if those things aren't the things on paper that are the most important.

Biologically speaking, I'm acting more on being drawn to the people. places. and activities that bring me a feeling of awe, which according to Sarah DiGiulio of NBCNews, is "an emotion we feel in response to something vast that defies our existing frame of reference." I'm more able to venture forward and process things that don't fit my current understanding of the world, or be in situations where I'm uncomfortable. Awe draws us to novel situations, and evolutionary scientist, Amie Gordon, claims that awe helps us maintain social harmony. Feeling a part of a bigger puzzle, feeling humbled, and having the desire to be with others is part of the reason that humans have lived collectively and in societies.

So I will endeavor, every day, to relinquish control, and relinquish the need to control. I'll let go of the wheel and leave it to God. Maybe it's all in my head, and externally I'm still living my life and going about my business the same way. Most people in my daily life most likely won't be able to tell any difference in my actions and behavior. But that doesn't matter, because to me, letting go of control means being free, and finally being at peace.

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