Songs are very repetitive, and what you repeatedly listen to will, on a subconscious level, impact how you think and behave.
War songs have historically been used to get warriors to stay spirited and motivated, national anthems are songs that inspire patriotism, etc.
The lyrics get implanted in your head and impact your thought process (in fact, anything you hear repeatedly will affect how you think).
If you think this is an exaggeration, you are mistaken. You would have to be quite ignorant to think that listening to something repeatedly over a long time will have no impact on your psyche.
This is not inherently a bad thing, however, we’ve gotten to the point where the average popular song goes like this:
I belong to you, woman
Love is everything
and I will die for you
I will lick your feet to have you back
Love is the prize
You are high above me
I miss you boo hoo
I’ll give up everything for you
It’s all garbage. People listen to them because the tone is catchy.
But the lyrics are all garbage and subliminally give you the wrong messages.
For example, the lyrics above pedestalize women. They will get you thinking that women are some special divine creatures that men are supposed to give up everything for and die for. You don’t want this stuff reverberating in your head.
It’s just as bad for women’s songs. If you’re a woman, you don’t want to be listening to this:
(Khia – My Neck, My Back)
You want to avoid music that has any of these themes:
- Songs that pedestalize sex
- Songs that glorify drinking and drugs
- Songs that pedestalize women (basically, all love, break up, and “I want you” songs)
- Sad songs (they will make you sad, what’s the point?)
- Songs that glorify being passive and weak (usually have lyrics like “I’ll wait for you no matter how long it takes”)
Run all the songs you listen to by this filter, and you’ll find that 95% of the music on your phone is … garbage.
Okay, so what music should I listen to? (Music Recommendations)
Listen to music that pumps you up and makes you feel motivated.
Here are some examples:
- Spartan Soldier by Tommy Lee
- Fuel by Metallica (Metallica has some excellent songs)
- The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes
- Eye of the Storm by Watt White
- Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti
- Lonely Road by Tommy Lee
- Live For The Kill by Amon Amarth
- Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
The lyrics and the music should pump you up and fill you with energy, not turn you into a limp wristed soy victim.
You don’t want to be a limp wristed soy victim; you want to be strong.
You can also listen to instrumental music (music without lyrics).
Instrumental music has no lyrics, so it can’t feed your brain with a repeating loop of bad ideas. You still want to pick motivating and cheerful tones, not sad and depressing tones.
Be careful what you put in your head. You don’t want this type of trash going into your brain:
She said, “It’s not now or never
Wait ten years, we’ll be together”
I said, “Better late than never
Just don’t make me wait forever”
(From the song The Less I Know the Better by Tame Impala)
Don’t turn your brain to mush.
– Harsh Strongman