Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:42 pm
Firstly, I hope you're doing ok, Mike, I noticed you haven't been on as much, recently. All the best to you, fella.
I can only speak for my own mind but I try to keep a balance with what I listen to. When I'm sad, some sad music is absolutely therapeutic but I find it can be easy to wallow so I always try to mix it up with different moods and different energy levels.
I'm generally a glass-half-full kind of person. I've never been able to latch on to overly nihilistic or dark lyrics. Relentless bleakness, lyrically, is a major factor in me reaching for the "off" button, as is the constant aggression of, say, Meshuggah. I need light to go with the darkness. For people who can listen to that kind of stuff all the time, fair play if it rocks your boat. I've found music to be something which has challenged me to open my mind and evaluate my thought process and, if you're continually listening to negative and aggressive content, it stands to reason that mentally you might spend a lot of time close to that mindset.
Like Des, most of my listening these days is from good times and my memory continually references the music I was listening to at the time. I'm aware now that pretty much everything which has stood the test of time for me has some kind of positivity to it, or some kind of grand conceptual nature to it. I listen to very little happy-being-sad or constant introspection/self-absorbed lyrics. I like positive energy rather than self-directed aggression. Whether that's a reflection of my psyche or my psyche is a reflection of that, I do not know.