Is Music A Good Addiction?

Is Music A Good Addiction?

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Are there such things as good addictions? If so, could music be one?

Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, once said "Without music, life would be a mistake."

Can you imagine your life without music? Driving in your car from a long day at work, not having a song that reminds you of the special times with your significant other or doing any nonmeaningful task without any motivation.

I’m sorry, but I cannot fathom the thought of life without music. Music is an addiction worth having and I personally wouldn't be around if music wasn't. Music is everything to me and without it I wouldn't be able to survive.

I’m a lover of all types of music, so I listen to it on a daily basis. From the time I wake up and the time I go to sleep at night. It’s the only thing from keeping anyone sane in this world in my opinion. It is like a drug in some way to me. I itch, scratch and pray for it whenever I just need an uplift or a helping hand to guide me through life’s endless labyrinth. I feel sick, dull and deep emptiness inside if I haven’t heard any music throughout the day. It feels like your mind, soul and body are on autopilot. But once I hear a melodic, a catchy beat and lyrics I can contemplate or relate to… I’m whole again and everything in the universe is in balance once again.

The infinite cycle of thoughts and intense feelings travel throughout my body and I catch good chills throughout my body.

Sure you can cope with your stress with various things such as exercising, drugs, or therapy, but there’s nothing more relaxing than putting on your favorite music and zoning out the negatives in your life. It comforts me just knowing that there is someone out there I can relate too and who is going through the same situation or worse. Music tends to make people realize that their not alone and that they’ll never be even if that feeling is there.

Music is a universal language. A blind person can understand and enjoy it, deaf people can compose it, and you don't need to have a specific upbringing to appreciate it. Music is timeless, without music they're be no way to express yourself. Life would be dull and monotonous. Would a life like that be worth living? In my opinion, no, and I must agree, music is unlike any other thing on Earth and it evolves constantly. Anyone can appreciate music, paintings and pictures don't speak to everyone, music, however, does. It has no specific color or politics to it, that’s why I love it so much.

I was reading an article called “Why Do Humans Value Music” and found this quote that summed up the importance of music. “Music is pleasurable and profound," says Professor Bennett. "Music, in its capacity to achieve a sense of deep significance by going beyond the meanings made available by words to meanings only sounds can bring into being, has always been a major source of, or an important accompaniment to, the quest for profound experience.”

So music in my opinion is a good addiction to have in your life.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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