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The Perfect Drug
An Atlanta crystal meth dealer once asked me in the middle of a dope frenzy, "Chris, what's your idea of the perfect drug and how is it ingested?" My response was that I didn't know. But if I could go back to that time I would have said music. An ingestion of the audio.
Music has always been there in the darkest of my hours and the lightest of my days. It can be my time traveling machine. I just put on a record from my past and go back to where I was when I was really in to whatever it is that I was listening to.
I have no discrimination of music at all. I like it all. Except new age rap about pimping ho's and having a lot of $$$. I still respect the artists though but have trouble relating to what I hear. Depending on my mood and my setting surroundings sets what I want to listen to. Lately I've been in to music without words (techno, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Fantasia,) because my imagination lets me put a story to what I'm listening to.
I've always had spurts of types of music I listened to. One of my first era's when at age 5-9 was Rock and metal. My Dads' influences of Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Mettilica, etc. I explored different alternative bands like Nirvana, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon. I was surrounded by band members so I was influenced by there music.
My next influence came from my step-brother and it was rap. From 10-13 I was in to ol' school gangsta shit. Like Bone, 2 Pac, Scarface, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and a lot of NWA. I didn't listen to much Rock n metal in this time period.
By 14 I switched to classic Rock and blues. Led Zepplin, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, etc. All the old rooted hippy culture music. I liked the ideas and the many related feelings I could relate to with Blues.
My next and most recent era is techno and classical with a mix of all other types of music globally. From ages 14-24 I've seemed to intertwine my tastes together depending on mood and surrounding. From different sound sculptures to symphonies and off the wall crazy sounds. I got pretty heavy in to ecstasy and LSD at age 18 that opened my mind to the appreciation and understanding of music that most people can't even dream of. I'm not saying these drugs are totally good but they did have an ever-lasting artistic effect on me I cherish. I've learned that different chemicals have there own chemical relations, for example...
Pot-reggae, blues, rock, a lot of different types.
Cocain & Crystal Meth-Drum & Bass, Hard house, Metal, anything fast.
LSD-Classical, techno, classic Rock, sound sculptures, a variety of techno, different types for different frames of minds. OH and Indian music most definitely.
Ecstasy-Techno mostly, House, Hard house, Trance, Breaks, anything with a repetitive beat.
So I am putting music as the perfect drug. Mainly because it has a lasting and heavy influence on how I feel. From giving me anxiety and energy to laziness and calmness. I've even went temporarily insane from listening to certain records non-stop for days at a time. The wonderful thing about music is that it's basically free and never runs dry. Thank God for music!