Hello all! Ex-fundie preacher here with a very simple discussion: the impact of music. I have been 'illuminated' for about a year, just left the pastorate 6 months ago, and have only started now listening to secular music (just plain 'music' to us atheists). It has taken a while now to become comfortable with the idea of secular music (brainwashing is a difficult struggle) but now my music collection is being flooded by AC/DC, ZZ Top, Elvis, Temptations, etc. I just have to say, secular music is fantastic.
Anyhow, I was wondering if there a any interesting studies done on music and the interactions/impact it plays in humans. Besides being catchy, sticking in my head, it seems to have the impact to change mood, motivation, and activity levels. A very small but noticeable enjoyment is dancing to Elvis Presley or any Motown music. Dancing was sinful. I love it now. You never could anyway to the abysmal self indulgent tripe called Christian music. It's the little freedoms that make a difference now.
I am now very interested in the role of music in human history and why it looks to have such an impact on us. It seems now that stifling musical talent (for me, AC/DC was seen as a band filled with satanists, therefore to even talk about their music is still an absolute no-no around my siblings and parents) had culled a very integral part of the human psyche. I never liked the boring Christian music I was forced to listen to, and thought I wouldn't like normal music either. I was very wrong. I started with classical, loved it. Then Elvis. Then Motown. Reggae. Rock. Strange how much of the worlds amazing diversity you miss out on when listening to hymns all day.
Feel free to recommend music that you enjoy. I am looking to replace my entire audio library with decent music. :)