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Old 12-30-2009, 10:47 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I listen mostly to "mellow" types of music. Meditative, healing, ambient, and often Smooth Jazz. It's really strange but when I listen to Smooth Jazz, it hits me really hard emotionally. I don't really know if I can explain it so that it makes sense. But I'll try. I need your input.

I live in a rural environment in a predominately red-neck part of the world. Things, for the most part, are agricultural, run-down, dirty. Even though I am near Branson (which is just a hick town that swells dramatically during tourist season), there is a "rural" ambiance that permeates everything here.

Mind you, this is not a bad thing. I am not complaining. I love all the positive aspects of living in the Missouri Ozarks. People are good, property is cheap, gardens grow like crazy....no complaints really.

But, on those occasions that I listen to Smooth Jazz, my heart just wants to blow up because I want something else. I want sophistication. I want to go somewhere else and be someone else. I have such a longing for something (and I am not even sure what it is), but its really painful.

Yeah, I know what you are going to say...."Stop listening to the music". I could do that.

I guess what I am wondering is if other people get these emotional things happening when they listen to a particular kind of music. Does it ever bring out some secret longing that nothing else can?

Am I really strange?

20yrsinBranson
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Not quite the same, but there is some music that has made me feel like going places or seeing things I know I probably never will. I sort-of like that feeling though, it's not painful. Even if I can never go to Mali or Manhattan or wherever it's like a part of my mind can feel the dream of such places. Or even the dream of the mountains of West Virginia or Kentucky.

I was in DC on a trip I won and the song "Gold Dust" by Tori Amos reminds me of the trip and the things I've lost or gained along the way in my life. That I may never have that kind of experience again sometimes enters my mind and makes me blue.

However who knows? Maybe I will experience something like that again. It seems unlikely considering the *details, but I'm not that old. I wouldn't want to live that way permanently though.

*A billionaire flew me to DC on his private jet, I spent time in a luxury hotel, and I met Alex Trebeck. It's a bit weird knowing the highpoint of your life happened at 13.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:04 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Not quite the same, but there is some music that has made me feel like going places or seeing things I know I probably never will. I sort-of like that feeling though, it's not painful. Even if I can never go to Mali or Manhattan or wherever it's like a part of my mind can feel the dream of such places. Or even the dream of the mountains of West Virginia or Kentucky.

I was in DC on a trip I won and the song "Gold Dust" by Tori Amos reminds me of the trip and the things I've lost or gained along the way in my life. That I may never have that kind of experience again sometimes enters my mind and makes me blue.

However who knows? Maybe I will experience something like that again. It seems unlikely considering the *details, but I'm not that old. I wouldn't want to live that way permanently though.

*A billionaire flew me to DC on his private jet, I spent time in a luxury hotel, and I met Alex Trebeck. It's a bit weird knowing the highpoint of your life happened at 13.
I hope the Alex Trebeck part wasn't the highpoint. LOL

Sounds like an awesome trip. I think you explained exactly what I was trying to say. Good to know I am not the only one.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:28 PM
 
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I listen mostly to "mellow" types of music. Meditative, healing, ambient, and often Smooth Jazz. It's really strange but when I listen to Smooth Jazz, it hits me really hard emotionally. I don't really know if I can explain it so that it makes sense. But I'll try. I need your input.

I live in a rural environment in a predominately red-neck part of the world. Things, for the most part, are agricultural, run-down, dirty. Even though I am near Branson (which is just a hick town that swells dramatically during tourist season), there is a "rural" ambiance that permeates everything here.

Mind you, this is not a bad thing. I am not complaining. I love all the positive aspects of living in the Missouri Ozarks. People are good, property is cheap, gardens grow like crazy....no complaints really.

But, on those occasions that I listen to Smooth Jazz, my heart just wants to blow up because I want something else. I want sophistication. I want to go somewhere else and be someone else. I have such a longing for something (and I am not even sure what it is), but its really painful.

Yeah, I know what you are going to say...."Stop listening to the music". I could do that.

I guess what I am wondering is if other people get these emotional things happening when they listen to a particular kind of music. Does it ever bring out some secret longing that nothing else can?

Am I really strange?

20yrsinBranson
No, you are not strange. Here is two examples of Blues/Rock that if you don't feel it, you are dead! Rugged
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMxHBcqAFro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWLw7nozO_U&feature=fvw
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:37 PM
 
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Does it ever bring out some secret longing that nothing else can? Am I really strange?
You're not strange at all! Music that inspires you to action is the best kind of music. Why is it so painful to long for something else? Is there a reason you can't "be somewhere else?"

There is music I can't listen to because it surfaces memories, but I never avoid music that makes me long for something more. Isn't that life?
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:42 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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I listen mostly to "mellow" types of music. Meditative, healing, ambient, and often Smooth Jazz. It's really strange but when I listen to Smooth Jazz, it hits me really hard emotionally. I don't really know if I can explain it so that it makes sense. But I'll try. I need your input.

I live in a rural environment in a predominately red-neck part of the world. Things, for the most part, are agricultural, run-down, dirty. Even though I am near Branson (which is just a hick town that swells dramatically during tourist season), there is a "rural" ambiance that permeates everything here.

Mind you, this is not a bad thing. I am not complaining. I love all the positive aspects of living in the Missouri Ozarks. People are good, property is cheap, gardens grow like crazy....no complaints really.

But, on those occasions that I listen to Smooth Jazz, my heart just wants to blow up because I want something else. I want sophistication. I want to go somewhere else and be someone else. I have such a longing for something (and I am not even sure what it is), but its really painful.

Yeah, I know what you are going to say...."Stop listening to the music". I could do that.

I guess what I am wondering is if other people get these emotional things happening when they listen to a particular kind of music. Does it ever bring out some secret longing that nothing else can?

Am I really strange?

20yrsinBranson

What a wonderful post! Do you, or have you ever considered playing an instrument? I think you might find it very rewarding. There could be a sax in your future!

Music, at it's best, should always help the listener (or performer) express emotions, whether nostalgia, longing, joy, rage, love or whathaveyou. Enjoy your feelings, whether good or bad
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:48 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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What a wonderful post! Do you, or have you ever considered playing an instrument? I think you might find it very rewarding. There could be a sax in your future!

Music, at it's best, should always help the listener (or performer) express emotions, whether nostalgia, longing, joy, rage, love or whathaveyou. Enjoy your feelings, whether good or bad
You know, I have never really thought about that. It would be nice to be able to share with people. I might just do it. And hey, I love the saxophone too!

20yrsinBranson
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:51 PM
 
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You know, I have never really thought about that. It would be nice to be able to share with people. I might just do it. And hey, I love the saxophone too!

20yrsinBranson
Guitar player here, it takes one to know one! Even Eric Clapton had to leave a live SRV performance because he didn't want people to see his emotions.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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But, on those occasions that I listen to Smooth Jazz, my heart just wants to blow up because I want something else. I want sophistication. I want to go somewhere else and be someone else. I have such a longing for something (and I am not even sure what it is), but its really painful.
I just read a quote the other day, and forgot who said it. Words to the effect of, "Life is a straight line, not a circle, and that is the source of all our despair, for our greatest desire is to relive the past."
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:55 AM
 
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Music is a mood thing. I like certain music to drive to and other music to do my artwork to, and other music to do other things to. Certain music I can or can't listen to at certain times because it reminds me of something. It's a mood stabilizer or background music to your life.
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