The depiction of dark forces is almost omnipresent in today’s most well-known music industry acts. Why are these ominous messages promoted? Where does this dark influence come from? This article examines the hierarchy of evil influence in the music industry, delving into sources of darkness usually hidden from view.
“We have reached a period in the history of the world when ignorance is criminal and deserves the heaviest penalty. Ignorance is not black magic, but it is the greatest ally that the black magician has in the world today”.
– Manly P. Hall
In the first two parts of this series we looked at the way positive esoteric symbols have been distorted and used as symbols of evil, bringing darkness into the homes and lives of millions by their persistent use in popular culture. We also looked at the agenda in the music industry to promote the dark side, and the way darkness is glorified and indulged. But what is behind all these depictions of evil? Is there a conscious dark intelligence guiding the direction of the music industry? Or are artists just cashing in on the latest in-fashion craze?
Let’s take a trip down the music industry’s dark occult rabbit hole.
Music is about communicating ideas and emotion
Music undoubtedly has a huge impact upon us. Music can help us be happier, it can inspire and uplift us, but the wrong kind of music can make us angry, aggressive or depressed. We may feel drawn to listening to particular types of music and then resonate with the lyrics and the visuals which accompany it, often with a song playing in our heads throughout the day. But how often do we stop to think about where the ideas we are consuming come from?
There is nothing accidental about the music industry, even in its perceived rebellion against accepted ideas. Everything is scripted, choreographed and carefully constructed to have a particular impact, pervading the culture we are immersed in every day.
“Artists, creations and ideas that do not fit the mainstream way of thinking are mercilessly rejected and forgotten by the conglomerates, which in turn makes them virtually disappear from society itself. However, ideas that are deemed to be valid and desirable to be accepted by society are skillfully marketed to the masses in order to make them become self-evident norm”.
– Vigilant Citizen Source
To this end, researchers have discovered that we don’t always like music for the reasons that we think. The more we are exposed to a song – even unconsciously – the more the pleasure centres in our brain respond to it, even if it is not a good fit for our usual musical tastes. So while it may seem that certain songs are played over and over on the radio because they’re popular, it’s often the case that they’re popular simply because we are exposed to them so often.
Record companies can therefore easily control which artists become successful, and by association what values become ingrained in our subconscious and popular culture through saturation and repeated exposure.
In many instances the depictions of darkness we consume are displayed in a subliminal manner through costumes, staging, and video clips. Studies have shown that subliminal messaging does work, and that we are able to perceive the emotional value of subliminal messages particularly when those messages are negative. But in a lot of cases this symbolism is right in our faces, with nothing subliminal about it. How much more powerful then is this influence?
This subliminal and overt indoctrination appears to be part of a global experiment in darkness, where we are being programmed to accept and even appreciate dark values through mass exposure.
But where is this message coming from? Is it coming from the artists themselves, the directors of their videos, or the producers of shows like the Grammys, the Super Bowl half time show and the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs)? Is it coming from the owners of companies or from their affiliations with secretive and occult groups? Could it even be coming from the forces of darkness themselves beyond this world?
This goes deeper than religion
“Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction is obliged to stick to the possibilities; truth is not.”
– Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
While religious values are often portrayed in a negative light in the work of popular artists, I personally don’t believe this is about religion as much as it is a wider campaign throughout society – also encompassing fashion, entertainment, the media and politics, where spiritual and esoteric values are being eroded and replaced with values of darkness.
Esoteric societies have existed throughout time, long before the advent of Christianity which many believe is the target of the negative symbolism in popular culture today. Despite many Christians seeing everything esoteric as evil and Satanic, this is not the case. Esotericism has a benevolent history with ancient civilisations such as the early Egyptians and other sun worshipping cultures basing much of their culture and architecture around sacred esoteric principles.
Unfortunately, as cultures degenerate and spiritual schools are infiltrated by darkness, positive esoteric symbols become mixed with negative ones. As a result many of the remnant secret societies we are left with today such as the Freemasons and Rosicrucians, while appearing to have a basis in positive esotericism, now also contain practices and teachings of darkness and materialism, which affects the perception of esoteric spirituality as a whole.
This may be part of the agenda of darkness to confuse and alter the message of positive esotericism to such a degree that it is almost impossible for anyone searching for the light to find it.
For many artists and those in the music industry’s hierarchy of influence above them, this appears to go well beyond the realms of religion to personal experience of forces beyond this physical world. Unfortunately they appear to be in touch with the dark side rather than the light.
“Some understanding of the intricate theory and practice of ceremonial magic may be derived from a brief consideration of its underlying premises.
First. The visible universe has an invisible counterpart, the higher planes of which are peopled by good and beautiful spirits; the lower planes, dark and foreboding, are the habitation of evil spirits and demons under the leadership of the Fallen Angel and his ten Princes.
Second. By means of the secret processes of ceremonial magic it is possible to contact these invisible creatures and gain their help in some human undertaking. Good spirits willingly lend their assistance to any worthy enterprise, but the evil spirits serve only those who live to pervert and destroy”.
– Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of all Ages
“There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised.”
― Anton Szandor LaVey
There are many connections that can be seen between the music industry and groups such as the Church of Satan who focus on the indulgence of the animalistic aspects of human nature, but also incorporate many negative or inverted spiritual symbols in their work and rituals.
Here’s what Nikolas Schreck – husband of former Satanic high priestess Zeena Schreck (LaVey) and son-in-law of Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey – had to say in the 1980s about how musical frequencies could be considered a useful vehicle to promote dark values due to their popularity with the youth. This video is about 2 minutes of a longer interview in which he also talked about a coming new world order:
30 years later it seems that some music is being used in the way outlined by Schreck. Take the 2001 MTV VMA performance by Britney Spears of “I’m a Slave 4 U” where she dances carrying a huge python, imagery reminiscent of Satanic rituals, both real and imagined. The tempting serpent is synonymous with evil which caused humanity to fall and lose its innocence.
Satanic influence is also clearly visible in actor / director / musician James Franco’s clip for Love in the Old Days (NSFW) by his band Daddy. The clip represents, in Franco’s own words, the “marriage of hell” and re-enacts a real Satanic ritual called Das Tierdrama. This ritual is said to have been based on the book the Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells where half-human half-animal hybrids are created in strange scientific experiments, leading the protagonist to understand when he goes back to society how close to becoming animals humans really are.
The video clip for Love in the Old Days was inspired by and featured Kenneth Anger as the main “priest”. Anger was a lifelong friend of Anton LaVey and a disciple of a Aleister Crowley. He directed the movie Lucifer Rising in which Lucifer is summoned in order to bring about a new occult age. Anger said of the movie: “I’m a pagan and the film is a real invocation of Lucifer … The film contained real black magicians, a real ceremony, real altars, real human blood, and a real magic circle” Source.
Although Franco has stated that he was mainly interested in the aesthetic of the ritual, his interest in the occult appears to go beyond that. In his own words he sees Kenneth Anger as the “priest of darkness”, and partook with Anger in a re-enactment of the “Bartzabel Working” ritual used by Aleister Crowley to invoke the spirit of Mars, where Franco acted as the “base material” – the vessel that the spirit would manifest through. Source
Even at the beginning of rock music there was a Satanic influence, with the Rolling Stones naming their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request. Lead singer of the Stones Mick Jagger also composed the score of a later film by Kenneth Anger that starred Anton LaVey called “Invocation of My Demon Brother”. Interestingly the Queen has held an audience with Mick Jagger, and he has even been granted a knighthood!
Of course, the many theories online about Satanic influence in popular music have been mocked by high-profile stars such as Conan O’Brien, who opened the 2014 MTV Movie Awards by stating “Welcome to the satanic cult awards ladies and gentleman. All hail the dark lord” (cheers and laughter from the audience). He has also joked on his show about the controversy surrounding Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2012 which many believe contained Satanic symbolism. This is somewhat ironic as O’Brien has been a featured speaker at the Bohemian Grove which performs rituals that harken back to the days of worshipping demonic gods with child sacrifice.
Aleister Crowley, the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) and the Golden Dawn
If you have ever looked into the occult you’ve probably come across Aleister Crowley, a man who has had a huge impact on Western occultism through the OTO and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Although he did not found these organisations he has played a pivotal role in the direction of their message, introducing black practices and teachings. If you haven’t heard of Crowley, you may be surprised just how much influence this man – who proclaimed himself “The Great Beast” and signed his name with three sixes – has had upon the music industry.
Crowley advocated the use of hard drugs in magical rituals in order to create the “breakage of consciousness” and was known to evoke demons to do his bidding. Using bodily fluids and faeces in his rituals he misused and abused ancient eastern tantric practices (which he had only limited first-hand knowledge of) as part of initiation rites. Through the propagation of his own perverse form of “sex magic”, Crowley is largely responsible for popular misrepresentations of Tantra, a complex and varied eastern tradition centred on seeking spiritual liberation, which in the West has largely been adulterated and divorced from any wider spiritual context and made almost solely about sex and seeking increased sexual pleasure.
Crowley styled himself as the Antichrist and was labelled by the press the “wickedest man alive”. He owned a mansion in Scotland named after the demon Baal (the Boleskine mansion), who was worshipped with child sacrifice by ancient cultures which had degenerated.
Crowley made multiple attempts at impregnating women – which he called his Scarlet Women – with a “moonchild”, evoking the whore of Babylon into their womb to create a living Anti-Christ. His most well known text, central to his teachings, was the Book of the Law. He received guidance to write this book from a being he called Aiwass, his “guardian angel”. Aiwass reportedly gave Crowley some rather strange advice if it was truly coming from an “angel”:
“To worship me take wine and strange drugs … LUST, enjoy all things of sense and rapture. Fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.” Source
He is perhaps most well known however for his dictum “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” and spoke about “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will”. As opposed to white magicians who respect freewill, the Divine, and natural laws, black magicians use the power of their personal will in order to break natural laws, gain power and fulfil their desires without regard for people’s freewill, the divine will or for universal laws.
“A black magician is one who seeks to gain authority over spiritual powers by means of force rather than by merit …
The black magician is firmly of the belief that he knows what he needs, when in reality he only knows what he wants. He seeks to mold the Plan into his own desires …
Age after age, the wants of man destroy him. In ignorance he plays with fire; in thoughtlessness he ignores the immutable laws of nature, and then wonders why the tempests break about his head … He neither obeys the laws of force, nor recognizes that cause and effect rule all things; that day after day, he reaps misery as the harvest of thoughtlessness …
Nowhere is black magic more apparent than in the modern phases of religion. In both the new and old doctrines, instead of emphasizing the will of the Logos [God] as the law of men, students have been taught to demand of the Infinite, and that He will obey”.
– Manly P Hall, Magic: A Treatise on Esoteric Ethics
The OTO appears to be esteemed in celebrity circles and many music industry artists have been inspired by Crowley’s work.
In David Bowie’s song ‘Quicksand’ he says:
“I’m closer to the Golden Dawn
Immersed in Crowley’s uniform of imagery”.
In 1976 he stated:
“My overriding interest was in cabbala and Crowleyism. That whole dark and rather fearsome never–world of the wrong side of the brain.” Source
He also stunned the world when in a 1976 Rolling Stone interview he said:
“Rock has always been the devil’s music . . . I believe rock and roll is dangerous . . . I feel we’re only heralding something even darker than ourselves.” Source
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is said to have performed Crowley rituals on stage and had such a great interest in Crowley’s teachings that he bought Crowley’s Boleskin residence.
Jay-Z, Tyler the Creator from Odd Future, Adam Lambert, Taylor Momsen and Ciara have all been seen wearing clothing referencing Crowley, with Ciara blatantly displaying “XIV Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” on her clothing in the video clip for Super Turnt Up. The XIV is a reference to a dark initiation which is part of the rites of the Golden Dawn.
Many stars including Lady Gaga have their own take on the phrase “Do what though wilt” and the Beatles went so far as to put Crowley on the album cover of their album Sgt Pepper’s lonely hearts club band amongst pictures of their heroes.
Crowley can also be credited with the phenomena of back masking, where artists include subliminal messages in their songs which can be discovered upon playing them in reverse. For Crowley this was known as the “Law of reversal”:
“. . .train himself to think BACKWARDS by external means, as set forth here following.
(a) Let him learn to write BACKWARDS. . .
(b) Let him learn to walk BACKWARDS. . .
(c) Let him. . . listen to phonograph records REVERSED
(d) Let him practise speaking BACKWARDS. . .
(e) Let him learn to read BACKWARDS. . .”
– Crowley, Aleister. Magick: Liber ABA, book four, 1994 Ordo Templi Orientis edition, p. 639
In Satanic churches the law of reversal is reportedly used in black masses. Under an inverted cross they will “recite the Lords prayer but they will start with “Amen” and say “Nema” and then recite the whole prayer backwards.” Source
The use of reversal is a common trait of black magicians, as black magic is a perversion and inversion of white magic.
“The black magician…must…distort the histograms so that they typify the occult fact that he himself is distorting the principles for which the symbols stand. Black magic is not a fundamental art; it is the misuse of an art. Therefore it has no symbols of its own, It merely takes the emblematic figures of white magic, and by inverting and reversing them signifies that it is left-handed.” – Manly P Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages
Backmasking in music was considered such an issue that legislation was proposed in 1983 in Arkansas and California that would require albums that included backmasking to be labelled as such.
The 1983 California bill was introduced to prevent backmasking that “can manipulate our behavior without our knowledge or consent and turn us into disciples of the Antichrist” Source
The Arkansas law initially passed unanimously, but was later returned to the state senate by Governor Bill Clinton and defeated.
An example of back masking appears in Jay-Z’s track Lucifer, which contains the number of the beast, the words “I will introduce you to evil” and “Murder, murder Jesus” when played backwards:
Freaked out yet?
James Franco has even gone as far as saying that Crowley’s disciple Kenneth Anger, has inspired much of the use of occult symbolism in the music industry today due to his influence on the music videos of artists such as The Rolling Stones.
Next up we’ll look at the hierarchy of influence behind the dark values promoted in the music industry.
Thanks for digging down into the rabbit hole of all this David, it’s shocking to see all these connections the modern music industry has with dark influences. Those quotes from Bowie and Osbourne are pretty scary.
Yeah, thanks David, that’s a great part III of this series.
Although being familiar with many of the concepts discussed here, you really fleshed them out in these articles. Did the research, compiled it all, managed to explain it clearly and shed some light on these sinister happenings!
These dark forces having an influence, channelling through music artists and onto the huge masses of people in such strong ways through music….. it’s quite jarring. This music, these symbols, the videos, are played everywhere and have an influence on almost everyone.
Although many just like the pleasure of the music/beats. There are also many who actually like the whole act or things the artists send across. They’re big fans! But ignorant of the more serious and real side of what’s going on.
But being a fan of one of these artists can also mean being a fan (or in a way a supporter or worshipper) of the energies and forces that channel through the idols and come from behind the artists.
To see how much these popstars are promoted in the media in such an unhindered way (without seemingly any voice of people with morals on it) is horrible. Just running free and influence teens and children.
So I think it’s great that you did your deep research into this whole thing, and I wish everyone would know about this, or know more about this, especially teens/children and their caretakers.
Thanks for all your helpful comments. Lucia, I agree with you – there seems to be a great deal of negligence and unaccountability from artists who knowingly participate in pushing this type of music/agenda out there and understand the adverse effects they have on their unsuspecting
Ella, I felt the same way about the CDs from my youth and had a hard time letting go of them but it was the best and most liberating thing I did. It’s incredible to see so many variations of negative and subliminal messages that these poor kids are exposed to now a days. It’s worse then ever before.
David I totally agree that vibrations from certain types of music have a huge impact on the emotional states. I remember times when I was upset or depressed, the first thing I would reach out for was my Radiohead albums (it’s mostly melancholic music) because I felt it was the perfect accompaniment to my misery.
Roy, thanks for the feedback. That’s pretty frightening to know that so many people at those events are unwittingly exposing themselves to be hypnotized by those dark influences.
You have gathered a lot of facts and done some thorough research David. Despite the long read, I feel very rewarded, it’s definitely worth it. When I was reading through your article, I felt guided. You describe the various celebrities and the symbols they use. Their producers, directors and choreographers, who set up their shows and performances, to the record labels who promote their music and their links to the occult groups and their rituals.
It’s a real eye opener to see the information together. Having all these bits of information about the music industry can be confusing, like looking at various pieces of the puzzle which on their own don’t make sense but when they are put together they’ll display a more complete picture. A picture I find very disturbing to see and I question how have we let things come this far? I really wish people do wake up to this kind of information and be more wise to what kind of music and entertainment they consume.
I like how you end with a group of people coming together to make others aware and I find this site to be an awesome platform to start off with. Thanks again.
Nicely put together, David. I think you pieced a lot of things together that are so frustratingly hidden in plain sight. Like the owl trend — go into any store and it’s the coolest thing to sport an owl on everything, especially a one eyed owl/winking owl. Seems very innocent in a way and they are very beautiful creatures so it’s easy to love products that feature them, but it’s obvious that there is an agenda behind the saturated widespread use of owls as a symbol. Same goes for many others you’ve touched on here.
I’ve seen the bohemian grove ceremony video some years ago and it really had such a strong impact on me seeing all these “powerful” people partaking in that ceremony. In a way it’s a public heralding of the very notable presence of these dark powers in politics, the art scene, and the finances of the world — all things that affect everyone on a massive scale.
That Jay-Z masking video is just crazy. I can’t believe anyone would “innocently”/”unknowingly” include that in their work… Follow the money, as they say…
Really interesting read! Some extraordinary discoveries you’ve made through your research David. I was especially intrigued by the fact that Napoleon created the company that now owns the music labels of some of the world’s most popular and influential (American) singers.
This is the best article I’ve read on exposing the dark side of the music industry. There’s no conspiracy here – it’s quite clear that it’s an orchestrated effort to promote evil. The sad thing is that this is what’s loved and popular in the world.
This is an excellent analysis of the darker forces in the music industry and what’s behind them David.
The most remarkable thing about it all is how it’s hiding in plain site.
It reminds me of a letter I’ve seen on a few different sites – http://www.hiphopisread.com/2012/04/secret-meeting-that-changed-rap-music.html
It is the anonymous testimony of a music executive who attended a secretive meeting in 1991, where plans to deliberately influence the direction of rap music to promote criminality were discussed.
One of the motives described was to increase the prison population for the benefit of the private prison industry and the individuals who own them.
But it takes no leap of imagination to see the impact of glorifying crime and violence on an unsuspecting population, and furthermore it supports the claim that the trends in music are highly choreographed and centrally orchestrated with very specific and malevolent intentions.
Interesting find Justin and to kind of add to that I came across this article called ‘Music changes the way you think’ http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/music-changes-the-way-you-think/, looking at how the music is constructed and is arranged shapes the way we think. And how songwriters and those that arrange the songs have an ‘intuitive grasp’ of the research being discovered to the tiniest element.
Incredible article David. The connections you’ve made about who’s behind all of this are startling. I think your point about being labelled a conspiracy theorist is really important. It feels like being between a rock and a hard place whenever trying to even just discuss the possibilities of what is really going on out there because of that potential label. Despite that difficulty, I feel like it’s really valid and important to try and get this information out there, so people can consider what they’re being exposed to, and why. So thanks for this series.
This resonates with my personal experience with music. So much good music doesn’t make it to the mainstream and anything that can’t be controlled by the authorities gets shut down. It’s a crime really.
David, your thoroughly excellent expose on the current music interesting is as interesting as it is confronting and shocking. I am truly amazed at how all this is just so ‘out there’, so open for all to see. There is no hiding of anything. And it is precisely this openness that normalises this behaviour and this imagery.
I cannot begin to imagine the effect that this type of music and imagery has on impressionable young minds, let alone anyone else. I am still quite disturbed by some things that you have spoken about here. As for some of the artists that you reveal have certain links to satanic worship and the like I was not surprised as I had always suspected links. However, I did not know that they had actually written songs, or LP covers related to satanic worship.
thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. I don’t really listen to this kind of music so would not have anyway of knowing the extent to which the darkness has taken over.
keep up the good work!
Really good expose..!
I remember having a conversation with someone recently who mentioned that their sibling had been given free tickets to Katy Perry concert and had taken their children with them, albeit grudgingly, as they said that the children were crying during the concert, and wanted to go home, and that they suffered with nightmares that night. But funnily enough even this didn’t click with the person that there’s something very evil happening through music, even though the children obviously could feel the terror of it. Ironically, people are made to fear spirituality, through the help of the media, and yet have no idea what their children and they themselves are exposing themselves to and the ramifications it has upon their psyche.
Sadly, it seems to me that a lot of people like the vibrations of darkness, otherwise it wouldn’t have gained the power it has. Embracing the animal within is becoming the new freedom of expression, and any embracing of the divine within is made to look weird and ostracized from society. The darkness has not only inverted esoteric symbols but it has inverted our perception of life, of good and evil and of truth and lies.
An eye opening series David – thanks for digging in and bringing it out of the rabbit hole!
“Embracing the animal within is becoming the new freedom of expression, and any embracing of the divine within is made to look weird and ostracized from society. The darkness has not only inverted esoteric symbols but it has inverted our perception of life, of good and evil and of truth and lies.”
Layla, I really like how you have expressed this idea, you have summed things up really well.
Excellent article. Thanks for pointing out some disturbing facts about the music industry and its dark, hidden agenda.
It’s interesting to read about the artists’ reaction to those negative influences, especially in last part of your article where they admit to trying to subdue the torment from their inner demons. I recently came across an article where a popular band I used to listen to, Radiohead, expressed a similar reaction to a well-known song if theirs:
In addition to the subliminal messages and symbology used in the music industry, another important component is the sound of the music itself – the beats/tone/vibrations and how they respond to us internally. I find this to be particularly true with another genre of music that hasn’t been mentioned in the article but is quickly gaining a lot of popularity – house music. I find it interesting that this type of music uses minimal lyrics and doesn’t produce a lot of music videos but its’ “underground” appeal, exotic locations, massive crowds and hypnotic beats have created quite a frenzy. Even hard core rappers, pop artists and celebrities are getting into it. Personally I find that music chaotic and distracting and I have seen how it can potentiate and trigger certain low, emotional states out of people. Wondering what your thoughts on this are?
That’s really nasty what that singer said in the link you’ve posted Patricia. Basically, he is saying that he didn’t write the song, that some sort of outside force “wrote” it, and that its evil and that he feels sorry for people listening to it and letting it touch them. And yet, he still continues to play it and promote it. It even feels as if, by telling all about it, he somehow “washed his hands”. I think a lot would change if people became aware of how real these non-physical entities and forces are.
Great article, and really important topic. I wonder what kids now feel when they’re watchig MTV? This stuff is so constant, everywhere, it comes to little less than brainwashing through exposure from mainstream media outlets all day. I can’t remember it being so blatantly full of occult and dark symbolism when I was young, but still that I didn’t like a lot of the music on the radio and MTV.
I knew of a crowd of people who were very interested in Crowley, it was so tied up with this image of cool, the clothes, the music, the dark-side. It’s quite amazing to me now how easily people unknowingly flirt with these forces.
I can’t help but feel a strange loyalty to Radiohead and Thom Yorke! I remember when I first heard about the music industy and I really didn’t want to let go of some of my old favourite teenage favourites! I do think there’s a big difference between stars that have consciously entered into this pact and are promoting demonic practices, and artists that have their normal human battles with being controlled by the egos or the consciousness, and their music being part of that.
I haven’t really looked into house music, so it’s hard for me to comment, but the beat and vibration of music definitely has an affect on people’s emotions.
Thanks for sharing the Radiohead link, it’s quite telling!
In the Netherlands and other European countries the house you mention is very popular. Although it has branched off into a much harder type of music called hardstyle with several festivals each month and throughout the year.
I can remember back in 2004 going to one of those hardstyle events. I was completely in awe because of the show and the whole atmosphere in a large hall with at least 10.000 people attending. It was so massive and so well organised with concepts of time and truth often interwoven with the music and presentation. On this event the various DJ’s had their stage inside a large pentagram that changed color. I thought this was a bit odd until I years later discovered two large all-seeing eyes projected onto circles at the back, overseeing the crowd. It all started to fall into place.
When you do an image search on the words “hardstyle”, combined with either “climax”, “defqon” or “iqon” you’ll get an idea of the setting and stages. Some of the symbolism and dark themes run right through those festivals. Combine that with a load of drugs and you have the perfect setting to invoke heavy and unconscious states. If you’re at one of these festivals and you pay attention, you’ll start to see it’s all in plain sight.
Thanks for sharing that link Patricia. It was shocking and heart breaking for me to read what he said about the song as I used to like it a lot in my teens! It’s heart breaking because his sadness and regret is so evident in what he says… I felt then that it resonated with my melancholy, but I would have never thought of what it really communicates. Gosh the things I’ve been exposing myself to unknowingly. I wonder if it has created some permanent twisting or damage in my psyche I’m unaware of, as I used to listen to a lot worse stuff too.
I guess in the mainstream there is this feeling that nothing has real meaning, the symbols and things I mean. It’s all just ‘artistic expression’, so anything is accepted. It shocks me that people honestly admire these things as you can see for example in the comments for all the popular MTV artists on youtube.
Thanks Patricia for sharing that link.
It’s very interesting to read that artist’s comments about his song. After having read it and listened to the song (which I hadn’t heard before) for me there’s repellence towards it and towards the low feelings that want to drag you into them. But I can see that there is a certain pleasure to that low emotion. It seems to me convey exactly what he said, like a feeling and knowing of all hope being lost, having no chance, and being lost to that misery forever. And like the article mentions I can see how being exposed to it over and over can make someone start ‘enjoying’ those low emotions.
I agree with Lucia as well. If he feels this about the song why does he still play it? Still broadcasting it to all the people who might get caught in it or dragged down by it.
Thank you also Laura for you comments, quite insightful. And I agree people are not aware of what’s going on, don’t believe or know anything more exists, they just take it all as entertainment or artistic expression that has no further impact on them or their spiritual life. But yeah, when looking back on my own teens the weight of mainstream music’s vibration was huge. Glad I’m not burdening myself with that anymore 🙂