posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 07:53 AM
Every once in a while somebody wants to label what music "is". Of course we're not really talking about what music "is". Music is just sound.
We're talking about what it represents, which is subjective.
Having once been a very religious person, I often was pressured to give an explanation for my love of bands like Metallica, Eminem, and even
comparatively innocent lyrics from Tom Petty or Catch 22 (yeah I know, I have diverse interests). People had a hard time understanding that for me,
songs like "Harvester of Sorrow" could actually be motivating and purely positive because of the elements that I focused on.
Music got me into the USMC. I had to lose some 60+ pounds to enlist, and there's not a doubt in my mind that using music to focus myself made that
happen. A bunch of angry negative music mostly about being miserable and hurting other people no less. For me, it got me motivated, helped me feed off
of my own discomfort and push myself harder in excercise.
You could take the most wicked lyrics imaginable, and I could go completely uninfluenced by them and feed off of the aggression or even twist the
meaning of the words to use it as a positive thing.
"I was born in the cemetary, under the sign of the moon, raised from my grave, by the devil. and i was made a mercinary, in the legions of hell, now
a king of pain, i'm insane" don't even ask how, but all that does is pump me up. The religious implications don't hurt me- I'm not a satanist
(anymore) I just get a rush out of aggressive music, and it helps me cope with the fact that life can be painful, instead of hiding from that fact in
some watered-down sappy whatever with happy-sounding lyrics.
To me, 90% of the time, happy lyrics will only depress me.
Anyway, does anybody else share my twisted view of music, or am I a lost soul being devoured by the treacherous demons of the heavy metal industry?