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MrLucchese June 30th, 2013 1:18pm

Music is one the few truly cross-cultural sources of pleasure. Its power seems to surpass generations, ages and cultures. One common practice, regardless of demographic, is the listening to solemn music when downtrodden. Do you follow this practice?

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jmz1202 Sacramento
06/30/13 8:03 am

I either listen to classical which calms me or upbeat music. It's hard to stay blue when your foot is tapping.

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dawl adulting
06/30/13 7:04 am

Music but reggae or something upbeat instead!

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/30/13 7:10 am

Interesting! I do a lot of writing, but if I do it when upset... It turns into a Poe.

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Mooo42Q Thats Nucking Futs
06/30/13 6:20 am

I do the exact opposite. If I feel cruddy, listening to solemn music makes me feel worse.
I listen to Al Green's Love & Happiness and all my troubles melt away for a few minutes.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
06/30/13 7:18 am

No I put happy music on when I'm down. I got a CD of children's songs for when we have the grandkids. The songs are so uplifting pretty soon, I become that way too. The "No L"Song, is the alphabet song sung to the first Noel.

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JollyMan93 Big Sky Guy
06/30/13 8:51 am

I always thought it was food..? Lol

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jmz1202 Sacramento
06/30/13 8:06 am

When my son and I couldn't agree on a radio station, we'd set it to a Spanish station. The music is usually upbeat. We'd also try to recognize words. Silly but fun times.

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/30/13 6:22 am

Unfortunately, yes. I find myself absorbed into the world which is created by these songs. I identify with them, most of the time. Sadly, though, they provide no alleviation of the feelings associated with the song(s). I was wondering if I was the

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rlands
06/30/13 6:31 am

If I'm really feeling sorry for myself, I'll listen to sad music. But if I'm genuinely sad I do one of two things 1) listen to reggae (Three Little Birds is the perfect song) or 2) turn on the Spanish radio station; their songs are always so..fiesta!

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YouWantMeToPay ... for THIS
06/30/13 6:33 am

Solemn music when I'm down only takes me further down.

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Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
06/30/13 6:38 am

Isis when I was in high school but I find it much more effective to focus on happy things if I am upset and there is joy to be found in most things if you look hard enough

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jimiscott Survivor
06/30/13 8:03 am

More in the style of Willie Nelson or George jones.

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rlands
06/30/13 8:04 am

It translated pretty well! "What is it with people think that we are only to food?" Haha close enough :)

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rlands
06/30/13 7:32 am

Haha no be as Italian as you want! I love Italian stuff. Two words: pizza and pasta.

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swjboucher Just Run
06/30/13 6:53 am

When I do get to feeling down I tend not to listen to music at all and pick up a book instead.

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rlands
06/30/13 6:54 am

Cool! I've never even tried to learn Spanish, but I have picked up a fair amount just from being around. I can actually understand some of it, just never expect me to speak it! It's a cool language.

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love4life wonderland
06/30/13 10:16 am

Hell no haha I listen to some hardcore rap and forget about it! ;)

Or I listen to something quiet and stare at the ceiling...

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/30/13 8:36 am

That just seems weird to me. If I'm feeling down, the solution is to listen to music that makes it impossible to stay sad. Howling and singing along to Werwolves of London or Honkey Tonk Women cranked up to eleven works every time.

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/30/13 8:10 am

Unless if your foot happens to tap the edge of a chair. Then it causes problems, haha. :D

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tdaddy Kentucky
06/30/13 8:11 am

Whenever someone was dying I always played "Black Peter" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy," both by the Grateful Dead (never noting the irony of the group's name until just now).

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/30/13 7:10 am

I expected no different from you, hehe. :)

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/30/13 6:25 am

only one who actually followed that supposed common practice.

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MissPresident California
06/30/13 8:32 pm

It's all about the Blues man!
Even when your happy they're fun to listen to!

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
06/30/13 8:20 am

I like waltz music too.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/30/13 9:41 am

You just can't sing "Ahhooooo!" and not get happy. Can't be done.

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Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
06/30/13 6:39 am

What Moo said is exactly what's up!

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
06/30/13 7:21 am

except they leave the L out. Our little boy loves the "I am a Nut" song. I believe some of the songs are as old as the colonial times. Some of the songs my grandpa sent to me.

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kelsey498 Colorado
06/30/13 7:22 am

I turn on Death Cab for Cutie and my mood is instantly lifted.

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rlands
06/30/13 6:43 am

I can't understand any of it! But it's still so awesome!

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Keldeo Laverre City
06/30/13 6:43 am

Music, not necessarily solemn

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rlands
06/30/13 9:45 am

Exactly Zod! It simply cannot be done :)

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flyonthewall Oklahoma
06/30/13 10:10 am

I make myself listen to upbeat music when I'm feeling down.

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love4life wonderland
07/01/13 10:13 pm

I am! Just because you know my name doesn't make me special :p

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jmw7477 Indiana
06/30/13 6:39 pm

If I'm grumpy or depressed or sad, I try to listen to upbeat music to get me in a better mood. I only listen to slow music when I'm trying to sleep or want to relax.

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rlands
06/30/13 8:27 am

Well you can try! My friend taught herself basic French with some book she bought...I think it's worthwhile.

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MissPresident California
06/30/13 9:04 pm

They actually pick me up :) because when your down, they know how you feel and they are just letting it out in song! and that makes me less sad because you have something to cope with the sadness

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kelsey498 Colorado
06/30/13 7:30 am

Not a fan? Lol

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love4life wonderland
06/30/13 4:45 pm

Haha besides SOH? ;) no not tonight :p I was thinking of the beach but I have to pack because I'm going on a trip soon :)

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/01/13 4:53 am

Okay! :) I'll certainly check it out! It wouldn't hurt. (:

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rlands
06/30/13 9:49 am

Ahahaha I know my poor child barbarians and archers! Whatever shall they do without my counsel?!

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Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
06/30/13 7:31 am

Hahaha you did not just say that!!! That's hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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love4life wonderland
07/01/13 7:54 am

Buenos días señor! :)

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corinnawells Hawaii
06/30/13 11:44 pm

Same! Music is powerful. My go-to sad song right now is Kasey Anderson's "Heavy Heart." I don't know what type of music you're into, but I highly suggest him.

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rlands
06/30/13 9:25 am

Haha we'll see, come fall. I would sure hope you can multitask. Whenever I multitask I always end up typing the wrong thing into SoH...

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rlands
06/30/13 8:55 am

Holy fettuccine that's almost 20 credits!! And you're still always on SoH...what on earth...

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MissPresident California
06/30/13 9:44 pm

Then let it out right here right now! I don't know you so I can't judge you (I wouldn't judge you if I knew you anywayslol) or if you don't want to then WRITE IT DOWN in like a journal or something because technically your letting it out of your mind

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/30/13 7:34 am

No, I didn't say anything at all. ;) You're clearly hallucinating. This is all a dream!

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love4life wonderland
06/30/13 4:50 pm

Hell yeah ;)

And I'm starting off backpacking then just staying in cali visiting family :) I won't be here for a longgg time tho :,(

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rlands
06/30/13 8:57 am

I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at trader Vic's. His hair was perfect!!!

Love it!

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/01/13 9:21 pm

I love the rain, too! :D Its perfect cuddling weather, but when you're alone - it's just completely depressing. ):

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