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Michelle
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posted 07 March 2004 02:41 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So many people that I've been friends with, or dated, or lived with, have influenced me when it comes to music and reading materials. Some of my favorite singers and writers are ones that I started listening to or reading because someone I knew and respected or loved told me about them.

I feel as though I have a bit of a window into someone's soul if I read or listen to something that they love. And often, even if it might not have impressed me much had I noticed it on my own, I find something in it that I really like. The only problem with it is that sometimes it can look like you're only reading or listening to something in order to impress someone who is interested in it.

The more intense my feelings are for someone, often the more I feel their influence when it comes to music and literature, even if they like stuff that I might not have been crazy about before having met them.

Does this happen to others as well?


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N.Beltov
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posted 07 March 2004 04:11 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle, it reads as if you are open to being influenced by the likes of others. Not a bad way to be. I can re-iterate that some of the descriptions you wrote were very familliar to me.

For politically conscious people, activists, it is very useful to recall, say, how you evolved from a non-activist to your current 'status'. There are a million ways for this to take place, just as there are a million ways that people are de-mobilized, de-moralized and 'apathized' into being 'in-active'. Someone I really like to read is a US philosopher by the name of Bertell Ollman...he's the guy who designed and marketed the board game, "Class struggle", but his comments on activism are enlightening.

I wanted to follow up on some of your comments. But I want also to remind you that these things can backfile...I was involved with someone who was an opera lover...and to this day I cannot listen to opera without thinking about her, blah-blah..so that I don't listen to opera at all. (Unhappy memories)Fortunately, I wasn't a big opera fan to begin with.

Last point: what we're discussing here could include how an artistic work can allow us to observe, and mimic, the behaviour of characters we admire. Great art is "practice", which is why drama will always be popular ...

From the REAL center of the universe, somewhere near Winnipeg, Manitoba, the geographical center of Canada..


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Michelle
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posted 13 March 2004 11:39 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, that is a pitfall - often if I hear a song that someone from my past really loved, it conjures that person up for me instantly. I think that probably happens to most people.

I was more thinking about the phenomenon of being able to get inside another person's mind to some degree by listening to THEIR favorite music or reading THEIR favorite author. It's true that the writers and musicians themselves influence me. But I'm thinking of the way loved ones influence me through their choice of music and literature. I don't believe I can know someone inside out by hearing their favorite music or reading their favorite book. But I often feel as though I get a certain "feel" for them that I wouldn't have had otherwise.


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audra trower williams
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posted 07 June 2005 12:49 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle and I were just talking about this, so she tracked down the thread and I'm bumping it. Don't get too upset, Anchoress!
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Anchoress
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audra trower williams
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posted 07 June 2005 01:53 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hee!
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Alix
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posted 07 June 2005 01:57 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Music, yes, I'm influenced by what friends have recommended to me.

On the other hand, if a friend tries to get me to read a specific book or author, I feel rebellious and refuse to read it. This gets worse the more they urge it on me, and the worst if they loan said book to me. It will sit on my shelf, unread. (I don't ask to borrow books, honest! I know I'm unlikely to return them in the near future).

My best friend or my husband could probably get away with suggesting I read something, but pretty much no one else.

I'm not sure why I have this particularl quirk.

[ 07 June 2005: Message edited by: Alix ]


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Jesse Dignity
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posted 08 June 2005 12:58 AM      Profile for Jesse Dignity   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
All I can say in response to the OP is:

Yes. Absolutely.


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