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What does music really do for you? Which of following things apply to you? Other things I haven't listed?

 

1. provides a soundtrack for your life

2. reminds you of better days long ago

3. provides inspiration for the days ahead

4. keeps you intellectually stimulated

5. puts you to sleep at night

6. wakes you up in the morning

7. fends off boredom

8. helps you identify with a culture cult

9. makes you feel sexy

10. provides wallpaper and audio background for other more important stuff

11. keeps you mad at the evil System

12. feeds your dreams of success in music

13. pays the bills

14. hinders you from paying the bills

15. ruins your life

16. makes your life worth living

17. lowers your blood pressure

18. helps you accept life as it is

19. helps you not accept life as it is

20. puts you into a trance

21. helps keep you out of a trance

22. makes drugs seem better

23. makes drugs unnecessary

24. helps you let off steam

25. helps you build up steam

26. makes for good parties

27. makes parties unnecessary

28. tempts you to commit crimes

29. inspires you to be a better person

 

How about it?

 

M Peasley

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Without writing them all down, from your list I picked(good list, too, by the way...);

 

2, 4, 7, 10, a BIG 16, 17, 18 and 26.

 

Music while cleaning the house. Portable CD player kickin' out tunes while doing yardwork. Radio going while working in the garage. Relaxing classical when reading. Why, I'm listening to DeBussey's "Images" while writing this post!

 

Music does a LOT for me!

 

Whitefang

I started out with NOTHING...and I still have most of it left!
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Great topic!

 

1. provides a soundtrack for your life - yes

2. reminds you of better days long ago - not really, some music reminds me of the past but not necessarily better or worse days. ;)

3. provides inspiration for the days ahead - yes

4. keeps you intellectually stimulated - not too much, I usually prefer music that doesn't appeal to the intellect all that much :D

5. puts you to sleep at night - hell no, I usually can't fall asleep to music

6. wakes you up in the morning - nah, I need my coffee before listening to anything

7. fends off boredom - I'm hardly ever bored

8. helps you identify with a culture cult - nah

9. makes you feel sexy - quite often

10. provides wallpaper and audio background for other more important stuff - no way, if there's music on that I like I'm actively listening and if it's music I don't like, I'm actively annoyed :D

11. keeps you mad at the evil System - sometimes, depending on the music

12. feeds your dreams of success in music - hearing good music often inspires me to play better or write better songs, which is a large part of my definition of success, so yeah. If you mean dreams of financial success, not really. The music itself doesn't make me think about that.

13. pays the bills - sometimes

14. hinders you from paying the bills - sometimes

15. ruins your life - sometimes :D

16. makes your life worth living - always

17. lowers your blood pressure - well I've already got low blood pressure, I think music elevates it!

18. helps you accept life as it is - once in awhile

19. helps you not accept life as it is - often

20. puts you into a trance - sometimes

21. helps keep you out of a trance - sometimes

22. makes drugs seem better - no

23. makes drugs unnecessary - yes

24. helps you let off steam - yes

25. helps you build up steam - not usually

26. makes for good parties - yes

27. makes parties unnecessary - since most of my friends are musicians, and we get together quite a lot, music and parties tend to go together for me!

28. tempts you to commit crimes - no, unless you count trading bootlegs. :D

29. inspires you to be a better person - hopefully

 

Great list. But in the end it's pretty hard to explain what music does for me. It touches someplace nothing else can, and connects people in a way nothing else can.

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1. provides a soundtrack for your life

5. puts you to sleep at night

10. provides wallpaper and audio background for other more important stuff

15. ruins your life

16. makes your life worth living

23. makes drugs unnecessary

24. helps you let off steam

25. helps you build up steam

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Different music does different things to me...

If speaking about my favorite music styles, ie. music that I usually listen to, then it:

 

1. provides a soundtrack for my life

3. provides inspiration for the days ahead

4. keeps me intellectually stimulated

7. fends off boredom

10. provides wallpaper and audio background for other more important stuff

23. makes drugs unnecessary

29. inspires me to be a better person

 

My own music:

 

4. keeps me intellectually stimulated

9. makes me feel sexy

13. pays the bills (unfortunately - not all the bills, alas!)

16. makes my life worth living

23. makes drugs unnecessary

24. helps me let off steam

27. makes parties unnecessary

I am back.
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If I fully understood what was meant by "soundtrack of your life", I might add it to my list. Off the top, it sounds like some "new-age" babble or something equally silly like "Windmills of Your Mind".

 

Whitefang

I started out with NOTHING...and I still have most of it left!
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Nice question:

 

2. reminds you of better days long ago

3. provides inspiration for the days ahead

4. keeps you intellectually stimulated

6. wakes you up in the morning

9. makes you feel sexy

12. feeds your dreams of success in music

13. pays the bills

16. makes your life worth living

17. lowers your blood pressure

20. puts you into a trance

23. makes drugs unnecessary

26. makes for good parties

29. inspires you to be a better person

Sucking the brain's vacuum

Waiting for the Nuclear Fusion. More energy, less damage.

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