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Old 02-28-2014, 04:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you listen to music by ''moods''?

So I was talking to an internet friend about music. He wanted to know some more music and went to me for some reccomendations. The strange thing is, he told me he listens to music that fits his ''mood''.

So if he feels sad, he likes to listen to sad music, if he feels happy, he likes to listen to happy music, if he is angry, he likes aggresive music,etc.
I actually never thought of it that way. I just pick an album and listen.

If I feel like listening to something aggresive, I just feel like it. I can feel totally fine/calm, but still want to listen to some angry music. Sometimes I do listen to happy music when I'm sad though, or music I feel an emotional connection to. so I guess there are momnts when I do this, without me realising it. But mostly I don't really think of what mood it is. I noticed that in my musicplayer, next to genre you can even sort by ''mood'', and tag certian songs/bands/albums with a mood. I guess that indicates more people do this.

Do you listen to music by moods? I generally don't, but I'd like to hear what you guys think.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sure, my mood determines what I feel like listening to. It's a lot more complicated than "I'm sad so I'll listen to sad music" though. For example, there are times when I'm really in a bebop mood and nothing except bebop will do, but it doesn't really fit under any easy to explain emotion despite clearly being a particular way I'm feeling at that moment.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes.

It's a tool.
Percentages.
If you're feeling sad you don't want peppy bs.
You want something you can relate to.

If you're sad and want to be happy, something you can relate to...
that has a message of hope. But, as you said, I agree.

You play what fits your mood. I think so, yes.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sure, my mood determines what I feel like listening to. It's a lot more complicated than "I'm sad so I'll listen to sad music" though. For example, there are times when I'm really in a bebop mood and nothing except bebop will do, but it doesn't really fit under any easy to explain emotion despite clearly being a particular way I'm feeling at that moment.
Yeah, my example was a bit bare bones. ofcourse I don't mean it that basic, but I was just trying to give an idea.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I used to listen to music based on moods and had specific playlists for certain moods but they weren't like your friend. It was mostly opposite. if I was feeling sad then I would need to listen to uplifting/optimistic music.

Nowadays, I just consume music. I don't have time to wait til I feel like listening to a certain genre. I just take it all in no matter what genre.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I generally let my subconscious pick the music for my mood, meaning I just go with my first implse, but right now, with the worst Canadian winter in years outside, I put on early Beach Boys albums. They take me to summer. And Here Comes the Sun at the end. Just get this winter over with already!
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I occasionally listen to certain particular songs that affect the current mood. But more often than not, I let the music set the vibe.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sure, my mood determines what I feel like listening to. It's a lot more complicated than "I'm sad so I'll listen to sad music" though. For example, there are times when I'm really in a bebop mood and nothing except bebop will do, but it doesn't really fit under any easy to explain emotion despite clearly being a particular way I'm feeling at that moment.
This, except it's more like different artists than genres. Sometimes I just want to listen to some Death, so I'll listen to their albums for an hour. Sometimes I feel like listening to GNR, sometimes it's Willie Nelson, sometimes it's Muddy Waters, etc.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a few definite go-to sounds for every mood (or for whatever mood I want to achieve).

If I'm really down I'll listen to the Carpenters because Karen really gets me (despite the fact that she passed away a few years before I was even born). Or if I'm down and angry as hell, I'll listen to the Dresden Dolls. If I'm just sort of pessimistic and lonely, Alan Parsons Project will do.

If I'm tired but comfortable and I need to be happier for whatever reason, I enjoy a good shuffle of 60s girl groups (including, but not limited to: the Shangri-Las, the Ronettes, the Crystals, the Cookies, the Jelly Beans, etc.).

If I've just been in a terrible mood all day, I've got to listen to Sparks.

If I'm super chill, I've gotta have some Steely Dan.

If it's summer time and I'm drunk or otherwise not in a proper state of mind, I've gotta have some 60s psych rock (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Chocolate Watch Band, Electric Prunes, 13th Floor Elevators, Jefferson Airplane, etc.).

I've got something for everything. I think a lot of people do.
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My moods are contrary to what I listen to often. If I have low energy I'll listen to metal or if I'm in a pensive mood I'll listen to something a bit cheery or exciting. But I don't really go by something that's specifically emotional.

Now being drunk, I listen to more funk, old school hip hop or metal. I can't do slowed down music when I'm drinking, it makes me fall asleep.
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