Music has an exceptional way of transcending feelings, emotions, and information across the world. It is a beautiful, yet powerful force is composed of feeling, abundance, and raw emotion and influences our way of dress, our dialect and even our own moral fiber. It can be as simple as the beat created by walking on the planks of a deck, or as intricate as a twelve part symphony. This thesis will examine how music as a whole, effects peoples mind, body, actions, moods and emotions. As music is also an amazing persuasive device, this examination also answers three main underlining questions; does drug use with youth and music have a connection? What are some reason people act violently when hearing a certain piece of music? Finally, does age play a factor in how music effects a person's mood?
Drugs use in music culture is a great example of psychological ways that music influences lifestyles. "Rock, Reggae, and Rap music, better known as the three R's to drugs are the three genres that have been classified as the drug related musical types" (Rocco E 3). Since the 1970's Rock music has had a huge reputation for being a "party genre". It creates fillings and emotions of validation that leads a person to look for the party life in order to emulate an idol. Rocks biggest contributors to this are Jimmy Hendrix, KISS, the Eagles, and Aerosmith, all with a history of drug use. Reggae has been known as the lyrically strong genre with great three-part harmonies vocals, a politically challenged sound, and the relaxing Rasta vibe in which marijuana is greatly represented.
Many people who are effected by reggae music look towards marijuana for an herbal meditation to take away the stresses of life. Bob Marley and the Wailers are known for being the founders of reggae music. Rap is the newest member of this group. This particular genre not only admits to the "coolness" of drinking and drugs but also... [continues]
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