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A Quick Letter to Myself

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by , 4th February 2013 at 05:36 PM (221 Views)
Blaize,

As you write this, your depression has finally pierced the veil of your defensive mental wall after approximately five days of staying dormant, which is your personal best. You are feeling completely hopeless, horrible, and worthless in every way. You are a very musical person, and you have made this list in an attempt to try regaining a little bit of the happiness you used to have.

When you're feeling okay: Listen to whatever you want. You listen to all kinds of stuff, Philip Glass to Autechre and Bon Iver to Between the Buried and Me. You're bound to be in the mood for something. Don't listen to anything you're not in the mood for.

When you're feeling like you might go into a fit at any moment: Listen to distracting music. No simple songs, no realistic songs. Listen to stoner metal, progressive metal, classical music, psychedelic rock, electronica, and alternative rock. Artists to keep in mind are Baroness, Mastodon, Symphony X, Philip Glass, Jon Lord, Grizzly Bear, Tilbury, Radiohead, and Muse. Don't listen to simple or cathartic music. Avoid Bon Iver, Nirvana, Coldplay, Torche, Earth, Metric, The Beatles, and Styx. Also avoid music that reminds you of her. Avoid Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Styx, Talking Heads, The Agonist, Megadeth, and The Misfits.

When you're feeling angry: Listen to blisteringly insane, bone-crushingly brutal, or snide music. Listen to sludge metal, stoner metal, doom metal, death metal, drone metal, and hip-hop. Artists to keep in mind are Mastodon, Baroness, Eyehategod, Sourvein, Floor, Cavity, Torche, Earth, High on Fire, Black Cobra, Gojira, Between the Buried and Me, Unearthly Trance, Sunn O))), Rage Against the Machine, One Day as a Lion, Gang Starr, Nirvana, and Acid Bath. Avoid pop, rock, metal that doesn't feel like it's resonating with the frequency of the entire planet, electronic music, and alternative rock.

When you're feeling hopeless and depressed: Listen to pretty or calming music. Listen to post-rock, alternative rock, glitch, electronica, folk rock, smooth jazz, and classical music. Artists of interest: Earth, Sigur Ros, Brian Eno, Radiohead, Coldplay, Grizzly Bear, Ametsub, Autechre, Daft Punk, Bon Iver, Fossil Collective, Boards of Canada, Miles Davis, Styx, and Tilbury. Avoid music that reminds you of her.

Hopefully this helps. You're not sure why you're writing this as a blog on BMGf instead of, say, in your note book, but then again, you do become a pathetic attention whore when you get depressed like this.
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  1. maglev's Avatar
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    *hugs* you'll get through this, mate :)

    Just stay strong, and if you need a chat, I'm her for ya. I've been through it all, so I know what it's like.
  2. Niji's Avatar
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    Music really is the best cure. I listen to it to keep me sane, too. Making a guide for yourself is a really good idea. Know that you're not worthless, or below other people. For may people it's hard, especially with depression, to see how interesting and valuable they are. Don't give up hope. You have a great future ahead of you, so stay on course. You're strong and with your will you're fighting this. It will be hard, but you can beat it and learn to be happy. Take care.
  3. Pariah's Avatar
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    you can talk to me anytime. just remember that.

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