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    Default Why do we listen to sad music when we are sad?

    Why do we listen to sad music when we are sad?

    Its just dumb.. Happy music makes me happy.

    My only view on it is that some might "bond" with the lyrics and that happy music is simply cheesy or something.

    Typical sad music i listen to when im sad. How about you..
    http://open.spotify.com/track/7lPQvMxejpa0MwHuU11P00
    http://open.spotify.com/track/12XRmFL9DD4sQTwn8g6yPq
    http://open.spotify.com/track/02r1YYEekEf31UMaFPj1Jc
    http://open.spotify.com/track/1dJXhFiHZegeXQfwK50fl2

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    DING-DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD! THE WICKED WITCH IS DEAD!

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    DING-DONG WHAT THA HELL DOES THAT MEAN DING-DONG IS EVERYBODY ABSOLUTELY MAD THIS WEEK IN HERE!?



    Dont bother i goggled it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatsNorway View Post
    IS EVERYBODY ABSOLUTELY MAD THIS WEEK IN HERE!?
    There's always that possibility.

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    I always avoid sad music, it really is stupid to listen to.
    What's the point of being scared, sad or otherwise negative when you don't have to?
    The world surely is depressing enough, well at least the people in it.

    My scale of music never goes into "sad" music, it stops at "romantic" music or such.
    That's in my world where the divide is. Romantic music can be either happy or sad, I surely only listen to the happy side.
    Irish folk music is extremely jovial and nice, it has saved me out of many a hole in this time.

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    I tend to listen to music that suits whatever mood I'm in, and I don't usually find that music can change my mood one way or the other.

    Some people I've talked to claim to be reactive, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fan of Devin View Post
    I tend to listen to music that suits whatever mood I'm in, and I don't usually find that music can change my mood one way or the other.

    Some people I've talked to claim to be reactive, though.
    oh i am! very... don`t you force me to listen to some aggressive "rap"

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    For me, listening to music mostly helps bring the emotions I'm going through closer to my thoughts, so I can analyze them with greater detail. But, at the same time, it can also have a contrary effect, music can be a distraction that brings relief when emotions are too strong to evaluate and analyze in a constructive manner, so it could have a supporting effect at that moment until I am ready to deal with the emotions.

    I know that when I'm leaning towards melancholy, listening to music helps and I guess it might be somewhat instinctive that I choose more melancholic music then, but I don't choose music deliberately to alter my moods. I don't usually "bond" with the lyrics at all, to me it's more about the melody and the "vibe" and how it supports my mood. Listening to "happy" or energetic music at the moment I feel more melancholic seems too invasive, like the emotion in that piece of music is suddenly being forced on me, like I'm supposed to feel the same emotions as are in the music when I'm not really ready to do so.

    However, I think it's also individual, music is subject to individual interpretations and what one person "reads" in different kinds of music is not the same for other people.

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    I believe Elton John and Bernie Taupin tackled this philosophical question years ago.

    "Sad Songs Say so Much"

    Guess there are times when we all need to share a little pain
    And ironing out the rough spots
    Is the hardest part when memories remain
    And it's times like these when we all need to hear the radio
    'Cause from the lips of some old singer
    We can share the troubles we already know

    Turn them on, turn them on
    Turn on those sad songs
    When all hope is gone
    Why don't you tune in and turn them on

    They reach into your room
    Just feel their gentle touch
    When all hope is gone
    Sad songs say so much

    If someone else is suffering enough to write it down
    When every single word makes sense
    Then it's easier to have those songs around
    The kick inside is in the line that finally gets to you
    and it feels so good to hurt so bad
    And suffer just enough to sing the blues

    Turn them on, turn them on
    Turn on those sad songs
    When all hope is gone
    Why don't you tune in and turn them on

    They reach into your room
    Just feel their gentle touch
    When all hope is gone
    Sad songs say so much

    Sad songs, they say
    Sad songs, they say
    Sad songs, they say
    Sad songs, they say so much
    Turn them on, turn them on
    Turn on those sad songs
    When all hope is gone
    Why don't you tune in and turn them on

    They reach into your room
    Just feel their gentle touch
    When all hope is gone
    Sad songs say so much

    When all hope is gone
    Sad songs say so much
    When all hope is gone
    Sad songs say so much
    When all hope is gone
    Sad songs say so much
    When all hope is gone
    Sad songs say so much

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    For me, it gets the sadness out, rather than holding it in and letting it fester. I find that if I fake happiness by listening to a happy song when I am feeling sad, it will only draw out the sadness for a longer period... good mask for the time frame, but it just goes back to melancholia. Would rather experience the sadness and confront it with music. Getting the emotions out is good for the healing process.
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