Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Medicine Cabinet #29

by Nayt Housman

Music is my medicine. Is it yours? I ask the public six golden questions to find out if and how they use music to feed the soul.

Ryan by Nayt Housman

Knock-knock! Oh come in Ryan. What’s that? You want a music check up just to make sure you’re in tip-top musical health? SURE! Don’t worry though, I know it can be tough being 19 and passionate about spending money on things you don’t need and filling other voids with TV but it’s all part of the process. Trust me, I’m a professional. Now turn your head and cough…

Thinking of music as medicine:

Who are the musicians and/or bands that flick your switch and turn up the volume?

Ryan: See I don’t really have any artists where I go, “yep, love all their songs.” I kind of like one or two songs by “them” and then I’ll just like somebody else and something else but… A few songs I like at the moment are 'Amsterdam' by Coldplay, I like 'My Favourite Game' by The Cardigans, I like 'Left Alone' by Flume ft. Chet Faker, 'Drunk In Love' by BeyoncĂ©, 'Don’t You Find' by Jamie T and 'Mammoth' by Dimitri Vegas.

Why do you think they are the pills that cure your ills?

Ryan: I don’t exactly know. If I like a song, I just like it, but I just find them uplifting. Basically, if I like the way it sounds, that’s about it really. If there is a meaning to it I’ll be like, “OMG this is so good,” but they just improve me if I’m having a shit day. It will make it so much better. It’s just something to fill in time as well.

What kind of high do they give you?

Ryan: It just makes me feel better. It’s something to do while driving or whatever to put me in a good mood, or if I’ve had a really shit day I just turn on some music and it will be okay.

When do you find yourself craving music for relief?

Ryan: Before work, after work, during work except I can’t hear it because the speakers don’t work down by the registers… Basically whenever I’m driving or before going out and stuff to get in the mood.

Where in life, home, and your world does music take you?

Ryan: It takes me back to better times or just days and events in the past I’ve really enjoyed. Just chilling with friends or simpler times when I was younger before I had to work. Like when I hear something like The Veronicas I’m reminded of my grade 5 teacher who really liked them so she played their CD during class. So there you go!

How do you share your music love?

Ryan: If I have my phone and there are speakers I’ll connect my phone to them at some point so I just force my music onto everybody. Like in the car you have to listen to my music whether you like it or not but it’s pretty diverse. I have some sick beats on there, I have some 90s stuff and some current mainstream stuff so…


When you’re young and frivolous and the whole world is at your feet just ready for the taking, music doesn’t really need to be much deeper than a smooth groove and sick beat. Of course that doesn’t mean the soul in the music doesn’t fill you up but when your cup is already full there ain’t no need for more fuel to burn coz baby you can’t use it if it’s overflowing. Also being varied and unpredictable is certainly preferable for a fulfilling life because as Ryan likes to say, “outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens!”

I shall dub this “The Chocolate Sampler Box Effect”. When one is young, especially but not limited to youth, it is always a good idea to branch out and sample from all areas of life, culture, environment AND MUSIC. The world is vast and there is room for all kinds to exist and be appreciated.

Doctor Nayt’s prescription this week is only listen to your music on shuffle, or if out with a friend swap iPods. Get your friends and family to make you a mix CD/USB of their fave tracks and only listen to them for the entire week. You never know, you may end up with some new faves yourself. Of course there’s the chance that you may hate the music so much you consider smashing the side of your head with a brick but that’s the fun of the gamble right? *I don’t publically condone gambling or any other activity that affects the stability of yours or your family’s lifestyle*

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