Thursday, November 08, 2007

Triggers in your ear

Recovering people trying to minimize environmental cues about drinking and drugging should consider staying away from rap music and country music. Rock music, once believed the major gateway to drug abuse, is relatively safe.

Researchers who looked at the bestselling songs in several genres from 2005 found that 37 percent of top country songs featured references to drugs or alcohol, compared to just 14 percent of rock songs. Rap was worst with 77 percent. Source.

A short list of songs about drinking/drugging and NOT drinking/drugging is here, and a long collection of the same is here.

Researchers didn't, but should, look at classical music also. Item No. 1 for my mute-button list is Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde -- an operetta that celebrates being drunk and depressed. Oh, and what about that line in Beethoven's Ninth about being "drunk with fire"? LOL.

1 comment:

hedera said...

How about La Boheme (in which I sang as part of the opera chorus last fall)? There's an opera about drunken starving poets, although the primary illness there IS the TB...