Music is such an open art form. It think it’s a good medium to express emotion into. I like playing guitar because when I play I get so intuned to the sound of what I’m playing it puts me on a good level. I play when I’m in weird moods, it helps me think, unwind. Emotion shows so much in my playing then too.
I listen to a lot of different genres to. I like what is out there and what others make.:)
I highly think of the idea that it works like a drug too. Its been proven to affect our heart rates (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=7902380&page=1 )
and heart rate affects our emotional state (https://www.highexistence.com/heart-consciousness-love-and-enlightened-living/). My take is that it happens because sound carries energy and our nerves pick up on it like an electrical impulse.
So what’s your take on music?
Little experiment if you want to do it, just pay attention to your heart rate while you do it. Pretend to be an emotion and notice if your heart changes. Next listen to a song that you might associate with that emotion- let me know if your heart changes and if the two beats were similar.
@secter7, I completely agree it works like a drug! To me music is this radiating wave of goodness that I can look to at any time of the day and it regulates my mood. I have pretty bad anxiety and the right song just placates my mind. I think I have heard every emotion from music but personally music about love and especially sex is the best stuff out there. Since love is so abstract and different for everyone music gives it some meaning when a dictionary can’t. Sex music is just great no explanation needed!
Lay Buddhist 7th precept says “I undertake the rule of training to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, smartening with perfumes and beautifying with cosmetics.” I, however, believe that creativity is an important part of life. Life is emotion. Creativity is an expression of our emotions and soul. I also believe that senselessly creating is damaging to the soul, as well as being entertained without being critical.
For example if you are in the car driving and you turn on the radio, you become entertained but you loose yourself. You may sing or hum but where are your thoughts? If you listen to music as a critic and contemplate what you hear you keep your thoughts close to you and there stay in touch with yourself. Never watch from the outside as you live your life always stay in control.
Do not only experience your experiences, but create them.