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Music and Emotional Manipulation

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Have you ever thought about why that song you listen to makes you cry/laugh/smile/think? Well, I think it’s because (and if you don’t agree with me I’m sorry) music is probably one of the most effective emotional manipulators out there. I mean think about it: how many of you have been watching an action movie and during the climatic scenes of the movie a rousing melody plays and makes you go “Hell yeah! I want them to win!”.

This sort of thing happens to me all the time. I sometimes get invested in a movie simply because of the music itself. A brilliant score can only enhance a beautiful movie or can pull a mediocre movie out of its mediocrity. If you look at a movie like X-Men the Last Stand, a movie that is not the best in my eyes (partially because the X-Men are my comic book baby as it were), but the music makes it a little more bearable.

Music to me can touch that innermost parts of ourselves that may not be accessible on a regular basis. It is the one art media that nearly everyone has a stake in to. Think about it. You might walk up to someone and ask them who their favorite novelist/painter is, and they might look back at you with a blank stare. However, if you ask them who their favorite singer/musician is, you will surely get and answer from 99% of people because music easy more easily accessed by everyone.

Music is beautiful in its own right. Whether you’re listening to a Sonata by Beethoven or a new pop ballad by Lady Gaga (who I believe is either a siren or a witch because of her damn near hypnotic affect on listeners), music is there to comfort and drive us, to help us grow and to let us cry/laugh/etc.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

February 2, 2010 at 12:06 am

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  1. I say Lady Gaga is a witch!

    I like this sentence: “Music to me can touch that innermost part of ourselves that may not be accessible on a regular basis.” I agree. It is very important for us to unveil certain emotions that lie within us. Music can do this. Music helps us dust off these emotions to make sure they still work. This is why music is most important to me; It attempts to keep our emotions fresh and at the least reminds us that certain emotions do exist within us.

    Now, although it is still beautiful that people are moved by Lady Gaga, is it only beautiful because of the fact that people are being moved, or is the emotion itself beautiful?


    September 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    • I think that it’s a little of both because I’m glad that people are being moved by whoever they’re being moved by….but the fact that music of any variety can move anyone makes me happy because some people feel like they have no emotions but then there is always music.


      September 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      • Okay, I can see that.

        It is important that people feel emotion through music and maybe even more importnant when they feel such emotion without knowing they had it in them.


        October 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

  2. Manipulated emotion does not sound very beautiful.


    September 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

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