Monday, April 30, 2012

Music and Mental Illness

Hey there,
I know, it's been ages. I've been busy! Homework and stuff.
Anyway, for our homework, we had to do a short report on anything music related, and I thought you guys might be interested to read it. Here it is! :)

Music And Mental Illness
It's a well known fact that many musicians suffer from various mental disorders, and many have taken their life because of it. But It's also been said that having a mental illness, such as depression or bipolar disorder has helped fuel their  creativity. Many artists claim that in some ways their illness has been there source of inspiration, and many people have said that music, be  it writing, playing or listening to, is the only thing that's kept them going. Music is also an effective and reliable treatment for mental disorders and is widely used as a method of therapy.
Mentally Ill Musicians
These days, mental illness is not uncommon,  in fact, it's been said that all or most people will display some signs of underlying mental illness, even if it's not bad enough to be diagnosed as a mental illness, we all have a little bit of crazy deep down inside us. So it would seem reasonable to think that many musicians do indeed have some sort of disorder.
While some may draw from their disorder, for others, it has meant the end.  It's not just recently that musicians have struggled with mental disorders, in the 1800's a composer by the name of Robert Schuman struggled with bipolar disorder, tried to throw himself of a bridge, and later died in a mental asylum, from syphilis. Another well known musician who ultimately met their end after battling mental illness, is Kurt Cobain, of Nirvana. Kurt took his life on the 5th of April 1994, he died from a bullet to the head after he had been battling depression and drug addiction.

Effects of Music On The Mind

Music has a greater affect on the mind than you may think. It's almost like a drug, in the way that it affects you brain. When you listen to one of your favourite bands or artists, you brain releases the same chemical it releases when you eat chocolate, and yes, orgasm. This chemical is called dopamine. Dopamine plays a huge part in the part of the brain that rewards achievements. It also has many other functions in the brain, including behaviour and cognition, voluntary movement, motivation, punishment and reward, inhibition of prolactin production (involved sexual gratification), sleep, mood, attention, working memory, and learning. Highly addictive drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine also tap directly into the flow of dopamine through the brain, this is what makes these drugs (and music) so addictive, and gives them the effect of a stimulant. Illnesses such as Schizophrenia have elevated levels of dopamine activity in the mesolimbic pathway (one of the dopaminergic pathways in the brain) and decreased levels of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex.  ADHD is also believed to be associated with decreased dopamine activity.  

Music As Therapy

Music therapy helps in many ways, such as giving the person something they can relate to, a safe way to vent, a creative outlet, and opportunities to socialize in music group and build confidence. Also, as mentioned before, increases dopamine levels, improving ones mood and making them feel fulfilled and rewarded. Music also encourages freedom of expression and creativity. Writing lyrics is one exercise they do in music therapy. This is a way for the person to let out what they're feeling and turn it into something creative that they can be proud of. Turning negative experiences into something you can be proud of, and then, overcome.

To Conclude...
Music is a very important part of people's lives, whether they're creating it or enjoying it. It's been said that in a way, musicians with mental disorders are self medicating, expressing themselves and getting that feeling of fulfilment and success. But at the same time, the disorder is what makes the music, what inspires them. So they write music because they are stressed, upset, etc, and doing that makes them feel good. Music has a huge effect on the mind and can really make a difference in someone's life.
Sometimes, singing that one sad song can make everything so much better.

Thanks for reading guys, let me know what you think

Much loves, from Shannon :P

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Just A funny Video Of A Band I Like

Hey guys, this is all time low, and they are retarded! :)

(I'll post a song thing at the bottom :D)

And this, this is a song!

Thanks for reading... Or watching, or whatever it is that you did.

Shannon xx :)

Daily Song!

Hello! I'm getting good at this.

Today's song is a dark, twisted, depressing and hilarious parody of Rebbecca Black's Friday by Amanda Palmer

It's incredibly awesome and morbid all at the same time. Only Amanda Palmer is capable of making such a combination work.

Thanks for reading, I'll scedule some more posts so I don't forget to post each day :)

Shannon xx <3

Friday, February 10, 2012

5 Pop Bands/Artists You Might Not Know I like

Hey guys, I thought I'd do something slightly different today. Normally I post about Metal or rock or industrial bands, so you might not guess that I'm actually a pop fan as well.

These songs are in no particular order.

5. Lady Gaga - Beautiful Dirty Rich

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4. Katy Perry - ET

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3. Eminem - Lose Yourself

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2. Taylor Swift - Mean

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1. Jeffree Star - I'm In Love (With A Killer)

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Thanks for reading :D

Shannon xx :)

Daily Song!!!!!!!!

Hey guys,

This is a band that I've liked for awhile, but never been all "OMG THEY'RE SO AMAZING MUST WATCH ALL THE STUFF!!" but I do absolutely love this song. It's Check, Yes Juliet by We The Kings.


Thanks for reading :)

Shannon xx <3

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Daily Song!

Hey Look! Two days in a row! :)


Today's song is something I discovered not too long ago, it's a remix type thing done by two of my favourite "pop" artists, Jeffree Star And Porcelain Black. It was Jeffree's song originally, and he now has a version were Porcelain Joins in too. *SUPER EPIC HAPPY FACE!!!*

Here it is

Are you dying from the epic awesomeness and happiness that this song fills you with yet? No? Curses. You all suck.

Tanks for teh readz! :D

Shannon xx

(I went all lol cat on you!)

My Three Favourite Bands/Artists Right Now

Hey guys, so I thought I'd just let you know who I've been listening to lately, you know, just because.

And for the first time ever, these are in order! Wow, I know right!

Starting with number 3.

3rd place would have to go to Porcelain Black (Who I didn't realize was Porcelain And The Tramps!)

This is her song, This Is What Rock'n'Roll Looks Like.

Coming in second place is a band I've recently discovered, The Dirty Youth!

This is The End!

*Snazzy Announcer Voice!* And the winner for favoutrite band right now is.... *drum roll* THE DRESDEN DOLLS With Girl Anachronism!

Thanks for reading :D

Shannon xx :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My Daily Song! (Ok, so it's not really daily if I don't do it everyday... Still.)

Hey there, Today's song is by one of my favourite youtubers ever, and may offend, but it is fekking awesome.

And It would be... *drum roll* ... BOUNCE THAT DICK by Jenna Marbles!

Epic right. Jenna Marbles is a goddess, and you should definitely check out some of her other stuff.

Make sure you comment and tell me any post or song requests you may want, I enjoy finding and listening to new music, so make me happy! ^__^

Thanks for reading

Shannon xx :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Why I Love Cyber Goth Music

hey guys, got more awesome music for you. This time of a different genre. This is CYBER GOTH!

These Are my top 5 favourite cyber goth bands/ artists. Once more, in no particular order.

1. Porcelain And The Tramps - Gasoline

2. God Module - False Pretense

3. Asphyxia - Obliterate My Fate

4. Nightmare City - Are You Ready To Die

This isn't actually the video for this song, in case you were wondering, just a video I stumbled across of a girl dancing to it, thought it was kind of cool, so I used it instead of the video that was just a picture, more exciting ^__^.

5. Nurzery Rhymes - Circle Of Pain

Thanks for reading :D

Shannon xx <3

Monday, February 6, 2012

10 Female Fronted Rock Bands You May Not Know

So it's been awhile once more, Sorry about that. I have planned out a few blog posts, so hopefully I'll be blogging a bit more than usual.

These are all songs that I recently discovered, and I'm not saying you won't know them, you may, and if you do, awesome! and I know that some of you may disagree when I say "Rock" but the music styles are too varied to have a more accurate term.

Before I begin, I think I should mention, these songs are in no particular order.

1. Neo Geo - DT Killer

2. The Dirty Youth - Trend Setter

3. The Hell Freaks - Boogie Man

4. Absynth Aura - Believe Me

5. Sister Sin - Sound Of The Underground

6. We Are The Fallen - Bury Me Alive

7. Evarane - The Fear

8. Darling Parade - Bells Are Ringing

9. Renfue - What You Wanted

10. New Years Eve - I Was Right

Thanks for reading! :D

Shannon xx (totally spelled my name wrong three times there >.>)