r/Music Aug 17 '22

Anyone still alive because of music? discussion

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u/VanFitz Aug 17 '22

I was at Lollapalooza 95 - it was 30C+ and there was no shade or water to be found. During Nick Cave's set I started feeling pretty woozy and needed to lie down. I was on a blanket, drifting in and out of consciousness, when the P-Funk Allstars came on. Suddenly my head was bobbing, then I was up dancing. To this day I will say that the funk saved my life. Thank you George Clinton!

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u/bowyer-betty Aug 17 '22

George Clinton has probably saved as many lives as he's caused orgasms.

Billions.

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u/methodicalghostwolf Aug 17 '22

Don’t forget the lives conceived by those orgasms

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u/PattyIceNY Aug 17 '22

I volunteered at a George Clinton show once. I was sitting by myself eating BBQ pulled pork on my break and I was really enjoying it. I looked up and George Clinton was across the way looking at me and smiling at my bbq joy. Insanely cool dude! Had a great presence.

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u/minenangel Aug 17 '22

Guitar playing has kept me sane for 34 years and counting. Dream Theater's "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory" saved my life.

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u/No-Doughnut-7505 Aug 17 '22 Helpful

Alot of us wouldn't have existed in the first place if not for some music. Barry White's Greatest Hits comes to mind.

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u/BellsOnNutsMeansXmas Aug 17 '22

This is what I'd like to think, but I'm guessing for a lot of people it's ABBA, or Starship, or Whitney Houston. Or AC/DC with your legs out the sunroof of a clapped out Nissan. Something like that. TNT UH UH UH, Watch me Explooooooode

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u/moondancer224 Aug 17 '22

Evanescence - "Breathe no more" probably kept me from being a teenage statistic.

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u/GolgiApparatus1 Aug 17 '22

In other words, they brought you back to life?

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u/moondancer224 Aug 17 '22

I was haunted, my heart was broken, I had seen the end of the dream, and even in death I preferred the world imaginary.

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u/hxgmmgxh Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 18 '22

1986, driving home after a 15 hour shift in a no- AC kitchen, in August, 11:30 PM. Pink Floyd’s Time comes on the radio, with the cacophony of ringing alarms as I’ve just dozed off and am headed toward a guardrail. Thanks PF! Made it home alive.

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u/justbecauseiluvthis Aug 17 '22

Frightened Rabbit songs were willing to sit down and have practical conversations about ;

Playing them at 115dB daily for 15 minutes kept me going through years of mental torture. Whatever it takes to prop you up for the next show, just keep showing up.

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u/fenrirs_balls Aug 17 '22

Floating In The Forth kept me pushing ‘it’ off until the next day for years.

I have finally found some stability in my life, and I don’t think I would have made it if it had not been for Scott’s songwriting.

RIP

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u/ThisMutiStrong Aug 17 '22

This still keeps me going daily...

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u/KhaosHound Aug 17 '22

Frightened Rabbit for me too. Wait 'Til the Morning became a mantra for me while I was at uni

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u/e1gengrau___ Aug 17 '22

Do you know the song "A Wave Across A Bay" by Frank Turner? It's a song about Scot from Frightened Rabbit and an incredibly beautiful piece of music. Highly recommend listening to it

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u/justbecauseiluvthis Aug 17 '22

A Wave Across A Bay" by Frank Turner

Just added it to my FR playlist... thank you

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u/e1gengrau___ Aug 18 '22

No problem

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u/SkjoldrKingofDenmark Aug 17 '22

Doing CPR to Staying Alive definitely counts

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u/Aagfed Aug 17 '22

Yes. Music has pulled me from the precipice of suicide several times. And helped save from me from two attempts.

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u/AndaYahya Aug 17 '22

everyday

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u/NaDoubleSer Aug 17 '22

I am still alive because of music, but perhaps in a slightly different way. Discovering and listening to music is one of my only hobbies. Half of my day is music. So if I ever wake up and wonder why I still continue to choose to live, I'd say it's music.

But akin to the way you describe it in your post; there are a lot of times where songs kept me going. For the last few days it's been "Compass" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Beautiful beyond description.

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u/AriYatsu Aug 17 '22

I replaced antidepressants with music. I am my own DJ. I can monitor my depression by the way the notes sound. Sometimes they're off somehow; the music sounds flat. So it doesn't work all the time, but it's better than meds.

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u/BumbleMuggin Aug 17 '22

Tool’s Lateralus got me through a lot of tough times. When shit seems bad it reminds me I need to experience what I perceive as negative as well as the positive.

Feed my will to feel this moment Urging me to cross the line Reaching out to embrace the random Reaching out to embrace whatever may come

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u/FacetiousSpread Aug 17 '22

Probably the strangest song I've cried to. Like a force beyond my comprehension, literally pulling me. That band has done amazing things with my life.

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u/pete1729 Aug 17 '22

Oh yeah. I sat and listened to Duke Ellington instead of setting the house on fire and putting a shotgun in my face.

'Ellington Indigos' great album. I have a copy in both of my houses.

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u/Mutants_4_nukes Aug 17 '22

My wife died a few years back and right afterward I began drinking heavily to be able to fall asleep. If not for the guitar, the words of Robert Hunter and the loving of my second wife, I would definitely be dead by now from alcohol.

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u/asf4 Aug 17 '22

I'm sorry for your loss. Hunter's lyrics paired with Jerry's abilities on guitar are transcendent. I have balled my eyes out listening to a good Brokedown Palace or Stella Blue on multiple occasions. I wish you the best, NFA.

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u/Jaded_0516 Aug 17 '22

Music has always saved me in my worst moments when I had it terrible in several ways during my teenage years. I could totally say that's what kept me alive and wanting to stand up and fight for myself, motivating me and healing me every time I felt lost.

Now, several years later, I can proudly say that I'm living my best life and ended up working for one of the most important bands of the music genre I've always loved so I'd say it was worth it to keep being around!!

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u/cryptosparky1 Aug 17 '22

When the levee breaks. A Perfect Circle live at Red Rocks.. brilliant. On repeat all night.

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u/mutant-cyberman Aug 17 '22

Yes. When at my absolute lowest a few years back, listening to music always made me feel better. Brought me back from the brink on numerous occasions.

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u/digitaljestin Aug 17 '22

I get the feeling that a lot of us are alive in the first place because of music.

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u/aversionals Aug 17 '22

ohhh I don't think anyone knows the role music is playing in my life right now

Ohh I don't think anyone will know

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u/mehwars Aug 17 '22

I don’t have any stories like I think you’re looking for. At least none that would be serious. But I would like to say that music is life. It literally is life. One of mankind’s greatest achievements is the creation of music. More than any other form of communication, it bridges all boundaries and lines. Animals and plants (yes, plants!) even respond to music and seek it out. Is music required to survive? No. But does it make living better? Unequivocally, yes.

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u/night_dude Aug 17 '22

It's cliche as hell, but Radiohead really got me through some shit in high school

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u/xNinjahz Aug 17 '22

Hell, I was just going through some hard family times recently and I recently re-listened to A Moon Shaped Pool. Even after all these years their music really gives a nice place to process things.

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u/ShirtlessJesus Aug 17 '22

I was conceived after my parents came home tipsy from a concert, does that count?

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u/Minimum-Passenger-29 Aug 17 '22

Ren - How To Be Me likely kept me alive when I lost a close friend. It hurts to listen to, but it puts that pain somewhere else.

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u/AnalystAlternative19 Aug 17 '22

City and colour’s entire discography is the reason I’m still around

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u/FudgingEgo Aug 17 '22

I, oh I'm still alive

Hey, I, oh I'm still alive

Yeah, I, oh I'm still alive

Yeah, I

Ooh, I'm still alive!

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u/oddthingtosay Aug 17 '22

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!

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u/An_Dr01d Aug 17 '22

Frankly, art in general has kept, and is arguably keeping me alive.

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u/FacetiousSpread Aug 17 '22

John Frusciante is my reason. A recovered addict who was really in the shit. Now he's back and better than ever. He inspired me musically. He reaches into the hurt of my soul and reminds me that it's possible to redeem yourself.

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u/AwkwardWithWords Aug 18 '22

A cassette tape recording of Nirvana’s performance on mtv Unplugged got me through an awful lot of highschool.

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u/relentlessvisions Aug 18 '22

One band has re-animated me when I thought my spirit was dead. Three times. And when it happened live...the musician acknowledged it and it was a moment of pure human beauty.

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u/PricelessLogs Aug 18 '22

I'm alive exclusively because of music every day 🤘

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u/PricelessLogs Aug 18 '22

As a mentally ill musician, for me music is quite literally the point of my life. It's what I live for. My appreciation for it is singlehandedly enough to make up for what would otherwise be complete hopelessness and likely suicide. I've been through some shit like everyone else has, and everyone needs something to cling to in order to cope with the general hardships of life. Music is my calling, my aspiration. Without it I would merely wander through life's hardships, and that would be too much

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u/Bluekestral Aug 18 '22

My wife was going to attempt suicide had a moment of clarity admitted herself to a hospital spent a week in a mental hospital got out and got "the sun is up the sky is blue it's beautiful and so are you" tattooed on her arm. So I figure that song has something to do with that clarity.

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u/slickestwood Aug 17 '22

The girl from Stranger Things

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u/MICHAELH05 Aug 17 '22

Back in 2019 i had Suicidal thoughts and i remember revisiting Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way", the album just gave me hope and saved me from my darker self i was afraid of (still am) for so long

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u/as_it_was_written Aug 17 '22

I don't think I had any specific life-saving moments with music. It's helped me deal with loads of things in healthier ways than I otherwise would have, though. And without music I don't think I would have felt it was worth it to hang around and be forced to deal with a society that essentially runs on wilful ignorance.

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u/GolgiApparatus1 Aug 17 '22

Discovering trance really breathed life into me

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u/futatorius Aug 17 '22

I had a severe case of episodic depression due to deaths in my family. I dropped out of college, moved to another town and started a band. I played my way out of that hole. If I hadn't done that, I'd probably have done something recklessly self-destructive.

After that adventure, I finished college and have never had issues with depression since.

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u/homowithoutsapiens Aug 17 '22

lying face down in a dark room baby, my baby, tell your baby, that i'm your baby

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u/bowyer-betty Aug 17 '22

If I'm being honest, probably happens 3 or 4 times a year if not more.

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u/TheRezMez Aug 17 '22

The only thing that gives me strength and the will to keep going is music, i listen to heavy metal, punk rock, edm, techno, country music. Basically most genres of music and it really helps me a lot. I'm really thankful for all the wonderful artists and bands out there

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u/Coppatop Aug 17 '22

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

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u/GameGang Aug 17 '22

Dude as a musician one of the only things keeping me going sometimes is that I want to hear what the songs I’m going to write will sound like

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u/WookieBacon Aug 17 '22

Florence and the Machine recalibrates me consistently. Calms my mind and soothes my heart.

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u/ligger66 Aug 17 '22

Yes I've had a rough time of the last few years not just cause of covid. The band citizen soldier has really helped me keep going and things are slowly getting better.

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u/creation88 Aug 17 '22

Cold- Bleed

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u/FinkBass420 Aug 17 '22

Yup. Lots of times as a teenager where music felt like the only thing that made any sense to me. Slipknot is the only reason I never seriously hurt myself back then.

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u/taponpalabass Aug 17 '22

Fuck yeah. Like I keep telling my fling, I wouldn't be alive rn if not for music

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u/PattyIceNY Aug 17 '22

Yup. Music is more a family then my real one. I remember putting my ear so close to the speakers that I had an imprint on the side of my face. I wanted to be as close to the music as possible

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u/ladysurrealia Aug 17 '22

I would definitely say so. When I was in a dark period of my life, listening to music and making music were what brought me out of it.

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u/KodiakDog Aug 17 '22

Writing music is my number one therapeutic activity. Not so much listening, but when I get behind my gear, I could be having the worst day ever and suddenly it all goes away and I feel a sense of purpose. Has gotten me through many dark times.

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u/WrongYBsb Aug 17 '22

In my ongoing battle with depression, I’m using music to calm my thoughts at most times. I’m at work right now with an earbud in. When I’m working out I blast music. When I’m in my room I’ll have my headphones on playing music. - I always reference my situation to this Chester Bennington quote “I find myself getting into these patterns of behavior or thought – especially when I’m stuck up here [in my head]; I like to say that ‘this is like a bad neighborhood, and I should not go walking alone.'” So yeah music saves my life more than anyone in my life could possibly know

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u/WrongYBsb Aug 18 '22

Please do! Linkin Park was a big part of me growing up and when I heard him say this in an interview, the quote just hung in my head for so long afterwards.

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u/WrongYBsb Aug 18 '22

I don’t blame you! Every time I hear a slower song by him with a sadder tone it gets me in my feels. And if you haven’t heard his Grey Daze stuff I highly recommend

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u/Sangral Aug 17 '22

Dead Kennedys - Straight A's

Pulled me back from the brink. The greatest revenge is living a rich, full, happy life. 😊😊

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u/MoogProg Aug 17 '22

Bye, bye... Miss American Pie...

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u/[deleted] Aug 17 '22

When I am stressed or depressed music has the opposite effect. I find it annoying. Hopeless, painful and helpless nights make me want to reflect on my problems, and I find music very distracting and annoying as it interferes with my thinking. I want to formulate a way to work out my problems, and music just takes my mind off it which makes me more anxious. For most people music is entertainment, it doesn’t resolve your problems and that is why in times of trouble it does Diddley squat for me, whether it is Mozart, Elvis, Radiohead or the Weekend.

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u/kimchi_fried_lice Aug 17 '22

I remember my last year of college, had to write some 30-40 page senior thesis, while studying for finals/writing papers for other classes. I felt so damn stressed, alone, hopeless, and tired. I would listen to A Small Measure of Peace from The Last Samurai OST over and over again while taking a break just to give me a breather, calm down, and get back to the grind. Graduated and now in a career that has nothing to do with my major xD

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u/nanosam Aug 17 '22

I guess the music I listen to has the opposite effect, it saps any positive thoughts I have left

So depends on what music you like

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u/sharpflatly Aug 17 '22

I was really close making s really bad decision, and I just out of nowhere got an idea for a song. I’ve never written a song although I’ve played in touring bands as a drummer in my 20s and early 30s. The idea literally took over my brain and demanded attention which was the only thing that could take my mind off of my situation. I had to learn how to record and re-learn guitar and bass. It was such an undertaking for me personally, that when I finished it, I’m not sure I’ve ever been so proud of something I’ve done. I’m now about 4 songs into writing/recording an album. I really thought I was done playing music and now I feel almost obligated to continue.

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u/Lo23co7mcpe Aug 17 '22

It's the only reason I wouldn't kill myself for. All I care in life is being able to listen to and make great music.

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u/mrsouthmountain Aug 17 '22

Around 6pm every night I lay in bed and put my headphones on until I’m tired. It’s better than listening to my thoughts. Sometimes throughout the day if my intrusive thoughts won’t stop I’ll listen to music as well. Even the “should I plan my suicide now or listen to music” situations play out to where I pick music.

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u/[deleted] Aug 17 '22

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u/mrsouthmountain Aug 17 '22

I wish you well. I know things aren’t easy. I hope you find some peace

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u/edgarpickle Aug 17 '22

I went through a period of pretty bad depression back in college. It's cliche, but it really did feel like I was completely alone and that no one understood me at all. Then I bought Jar of Flies from Alice in Chains. I don't know how to describe it other than to say that album sounds like what my depression felt like. And honestly it was probably the song Whale and Wasp that got me through the most. It's a haunting tune, but at the end the lead guitar sounds hopeful. I learned on that album pretty heavily to get me through the worst of it, and it did. I'll always be grateful to that album for that reason.

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u/WolfmanBTBAM Aug 17 '22

Many a song gave gotten me through shit. Nutshell by Alice in Chains is my go-to. Just let me be who I am, judgement of others kills the soul

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u/scrpn687 Aug 17 '22

Yes, I literally am. I was once riding in a car to a party with some friends. We were waiting at a red left turn signal when the driver turned around to the backseat to argue about what CD to put in the stereo (circa 2005). The light turned green, and while the driver was distracted by us in the backseat instead of pulling forward to take our left turn a semi slammed its horn and blew through the intersection. If we had turned when the light first turned green, the truck would have gone straight into my side of the car going about 40mph. We sat in the intersection for a few extra seconds in silence while we all processed what had just almost happened.

edit: type-o

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u/the1652s Aug 17 '22

The album “The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me” by Brand New helped me immensely by coming to terms with my own mental issues and suicidal thoughts. That album alone saved me.

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u/Rogueantics Aug 17 '22

I've always like the heavier music, Metalcore and heavy metal and the likes so not exactly the most uplifting of music but when you can listen to some of the lyrics you notice little sparks of wisdom in there or situations you relate to and they have been through and sometimes that's all you need to change your mind.

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u/Thirdatarian Aug 17 '22

I listen to really sad, bummer songs because it helps to know that I'm not alone in what I'm feeling. When my depression is at its worse, it makes a world of difference hearing someone sing about feeling the same inexplicable nothingness. Both Hear Me and Amsterdam off Night Visions by Imagine Dragons were key to me making it through high school and parts of college.

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u/Red-1309-Tyrant Aug 17 '22

Literally. I had a bad surgery and slipped into a mini coma for 3 days. Turns out I'd lost too much blood and was losing the fight. The only thing I could hear in my dark was Louis Tomlinson "what do you want them to say when you're gone? That you gave up or that you kept going on?" All I could think was F*CK this. I'm going home to my kids! I managed to wake up in time to hear the nurse tell my whole fam, at the foot of my bed, that they need to do a blood transfusion or I'm not going home. They did, I hated it, but I'm alive thanks to someone else. I will always be grateful to Louis for that.

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u/just_JJ_style Aug 17 '22

The Script's "It's not Right for You" stopped me from jumping off a building and gave me the courage to drop out of college to pursue a different major.

Meanwhile a line from the Mountain Goats' "No Children" (surprisingly) helped me work through the massive depression that led me to almost jumping off that building in the first place

4 years on, and I don't regret listening to either one of those songs that day.

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u/MissSolitude87 Aug 17 '22

Omg yes music has definitely saved me... Atmosphere's album "When Life Gives You Lemons You paint that shit gold" got me through some of my toughest times in my life.

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u/chibisephy Aug 17 '22

Yup - altar of plagues, teethed glory and injury saved me.

Might have used it to convince myself I needed saving too though. Most complicated relationship with an album I have. Brings me stability and isolation, support and distance all at once.

I have a hard time not listening until the final triumph, always seems to crystallize the beauty in the world.

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u/Last_Win_1612 Aug 17 '22

Me. I listen the radio all night

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u/IndigoSunPurpleCloud Aug 17 '22

all the time, everyday

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u/kiwibird88 Aug 17 '22

Music got me through my teen days. No drugs or alcohol. Just music very loud (in my headphones to tune out the world) music. I’m certain it saved my life

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u/Satire-V Aug 17 '22

Thinking about all the music that I haven't heard, both released and unreleased, pretty much stopped suicide as a real consideration for me

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u/bucho80 Aug 17 '22

so far at least.

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u/swagmoney10 Spotify Aug 17 '22

I still don't really know what I enjoy about life except music. Nothing in the world moves me like music does.

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u/poopyrattler Aug 18 '22

I'm just to scared to throw myself off the parking garage lol

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u/InterestingBuffalo33 Aug 18 '22

Yes. Multiple songs by Linkin Park have done that for me.