A Legal Drug

A drug is a substance that changes the way we feel. For some time, after an intake of a drug we don’t feel completely ourselves. This is probably why most drugs are illegal, they are addictive and once they’ve have got us it’s hard to bail out of it. There is this drug which has been around from the beginning of time. It has the same effects on us as the other drugs but the only difference with this drug is that it is legal… Music.

Almost everyone is under the influence and a victim of this drug, even a pregnant woman is recommended to use this drug to ‘stimulate the brain’ of her unborn baby. Music itself is a drug and the word ‘genre’ is just a fancy name for ‘flavour’. The kind of music we listen to depicts the traits we possess – we become what we listen to. It shocks us whenever people play a genre that does not correspond to their character. The one common question that we tend to ask when we meet someone is, “What kind of music do you listen to?” because we want to know which flavour of this drug they are into to get a sense of who they really are.

Music is a drug that feeds our souls. Before and interview we listen to music to chill and calm our nerves. In the shower we listen to music to wake us up, think and prepare for the day ahead. After a long tiring day, we listen to music to relax and reflect. It has become an essential part of our lives – we are addicted to this drug.

Some of us fall in love with the lyrics, some of us fall in love with the beats/instrumentals. The lyrics stay in our mind and we refer to them every now and them because they talk to us and make us realize that we probably aren’t the only ones feeling what we feel. Some lyrics go to the extreme measures of making us miss people we have never even met before. Instrumentals, on the other hand, are thought-stimulants. They don’t restrict our thoughts, they make us think of all the good times, the bad times and help us come up with great ideas.

The genre we listen to tend to alter the way we feel about things and the way we respond to situations. Music is probably not considered what it really is (a drug) because it isn’t tangible – it’s perceived by the ear and manipulated by the mind. It is also contagious, the moment we hear someone singing one line of a song, we find yourselves singing along or singing it later on that day, completely oblivious to the fact that we are actually singing.

A day without at least a 3 minute dosage seems to be impossible. Music helps us take our minds off things. We look so happy when we are doing the dishes or cleaning our rooms while music is playing in the background. There is no party without this drug. There is no ‘chill and Netflix’ without this drug. We are all clearly dependent on it to function well, to set the mood, to study, to sleep and to dance like nobody is watching. It is our life-support system and we should be grateful that it is a drug that is legal and merely switching genres will be more like rehab.

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