Thursday, February 17, 2011

Music Musings: Fighting Depression

It might surprise you to know this, but I often struggle with depression. Okay... maybe struggle isn't quite the word because sometimes I like it. Not on days like today though. Is there music that makes you depressed? I have some albums that I listen to when I'm depressed, but there are some that actually make me depressed. Like... take me from a happy or medium mood to depression. That's not good.

I actually noticed that when some friends and I took a week and only listened to worship music, just to see if we noticed a difference in ourselves. We were trying to do worship music for some thing or another and we really wanted to see if it would help us get into the anointing faster. I don't know if it really helped us at all, but I think God did point out some albums to me. I think it was God anyway. That's not really the point, though.

I say, "God said" but it's really more of a feeling. Like God put a sign on those albums in my heart that says, "You shouldn't listen to this." A few of them were King's X albums. Dogman, Ear Candy, Tape Head, Mr. Bulbous, and Manic Moonlight. That's why you don't see them on this site. All of these have some songs that just drag my mood right down. On Dogman it's "Cigarettes" and "Pillow" for example. Now I'm not saying that YOU can't enjoy these albums and songs, I'm just saying I have to stay away from them because they just make me depressed - and I don't need any help in that area.

There are a few albums that actually make me feel better no matter what mood I'm in. Grave Robber's Inner Sanctum, Devin Townsend's Addicted, and lately Gama Bomb. I mean seriously, how can you not feel better after listening to a song about Final Fight?

Wow... got a little personal there. Sorry, I'll try not to let it happen again.

1 comment:

  1. Let's see that you DON'T let it get too personal again, Mr. Adam!

    But I'm with you on that. I attribute the 1970 soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar as the genesis to many of my music tastes (heavy, melodic, dramatic, progressive) and yet when I listened to it again this past year after not hearing it for decades I was plunged into a couple of days of depression unlike any I had been in for over a year. I only listened to the album once and found it, while listening, very enjoyable. So what gives?

    Well, the answer to THAT question would be too personal for this comment section. But definitely music can elevate or deflate or moods.

    In closing, may I just say UNIVERSE IN A BAAAAAAAAAALL!