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    In all seriousness, what effect do you think it would have on western civilisation as a whole, if any, but i think it would drasticlly in my opinion, would 1 hour of mandatory country and western music every day. Say 8 oclock in the morning by law you have to be awake and ready. then on every tv, radio, speaker system in the street diferent country tunes come on, up lifting ones like tim mcraw and willie nelson.
    Before i get a wrath of critisism, think for one second the principal my thoughts, maybe not country music , however country music is naturally up lifting. even if you dont like line dancing and strumming a invisible guitar.
    Maybe something else uplifting, nothing that can be argued against like religion or "celebrities" or even sad stories of unfortunate folk that have pulled through nightmares to run a marathon or have done what doctors never thought possible. that would not release the emotions and the uplift im going for.

    If you could get people breaking out in a smile on a train as people start to do little dances and certain songs will trigger deep emotions of love, happiness or like willie nelsons on the road again, will just lift you up and make you smile.
    This would be construde as brain washing, but if the brain washing was for your own good and it wasent actually brain washing it is trying to make people happier because of tv shows and tthings like games and what has always caused depressed thoughts "gossip!" and "back stabbing" our country can be seen as very lucky but if we suddenly all took a plane to africa and all stood back to back front to front,, everyone from the us and uk, for now, to the poorest country in africa, and the guy at the front said to the people "here are our house keys(metathoricly) our land,system,jobs,money food, everything is yours, we will live here, go and enjoy everyone of you has randomly been selevcted a job and you will all get paid exactly the same , no matter what job" i would bet bucket loads of my future wealth that there would not be a sniff of revolt, unrest, or sad people any where for at least 10-15 years and thats a approximate guess based on nothing, but give me a break here you can see my point. the new owners would be dancing and smiling and sooo happy and we would be still moaning that cathy slept with my boyfreind at the same time he was getting me pregnant but it might not be his but it could be only a little bit...


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    I would agree to this if it was followed by an hour of rap.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    I would agree to this if it was followed by an hour of rap.
    And another hour of Johann Strauss.
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    I find country music extremely depressing. Even aside from that, you're nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graemedon View Post
    however country music is naturally up lifting
    Evidence required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
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    however country music is naturally up lifting
    Evidence required.

    I am playing the Devil's advocate here,
    but is there not a possibility that his statement is an opinion rather than a fact?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
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    however country music is naturally up lifting
    Evidence required.
    Most country and western music involves the heart-break of an American.
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    We already have the option of setting our own tone for the day.

    It is called 'choice'.

    It would be an interesting social experiment to conduct some research on the effect of an hour of uplifting music especially as we improve our technology to monitor brain response. As far as the idea of legislating such programming, that horse will never get out of the gate, in my opinion...or perhaps it already has.

    Think about our existing media, especially advertising and politics and contemplate the effect that each has on our mood. The effect largely depends upon how we already have been 'conditioned' from birth to respond to such influences. There are also many times and circumstances in our life when 'uplifting music' will provoke a grieving individual into a rage, because it does not resonate at all with what they have/are enduring.

    A whole world of 'positive' people, every minute of every day...is an interesting concept yet I think that our hormonal system would soon be overloaded and we would perish from sheer exhaustion. IDK.
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    kettle drums and french horns do it for me.

    or just drums, lots of 'em
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedPanda View Post
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    however country music is naturally up lifting
    Evidence required.
    Most country and western music involves the heart-break of an American
    A very popular opinion of country is that it is an absolutely soul crushing genre. This is probably no thanks to very well-known country artists.

    Johnny Cash - 'Hurt" - YouTube

    Gordon Lightfoot " If You Could Read My Mind" - Lyrics - YouTube

    Still though, there are some great uppity ones too. My guess is that it's probably 50/50ish.

    The Big Rock Candy Mountain - YouTube

    Good ol' McClintock...
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    I'm wondering how the "mandatory" part of it gets enforced. Do the police do a random inspection and burst into your home, to make sure you are listening? Maybe you have to wear an electronic bracelet with a microphone that reports back to the central monitoring station. What is the penalty for not listening?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
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    however country music is naturally up lifting
    Evidence required.
    I have started to like your this style of evidence gathering.
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    Indeed, music is incredibly broad and subjective. I actually quite enjoy somewhat melancholy music and do not find it depressing at all. To me, it just speaks to the circumstances of life which ever vacillate between joy and sorrow.

    Here is a cover of one of my favorite songs, a lively rhythm with introspective lyrics, followed by the version with the original artist.



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    my son playd this last saturday
    the thing is on a loop in my mind
    'specially the fiddle parts
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    Quote Originally Posted by stander-j View Post
    A very popular opinion of country is that it is an absolutely soul crushing genre. This is probably no thanks to very well-known country artists.
    I think my own generalisation comes from Billy Connolly:


    (the relevant part is @40 secs - but it's all good.)

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    As a big fan of the original - I am not sure I would call it country and western.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    What is the penalty for not listening?
    By having this overplayed and orchestrating the people around them singing and humming the tune till the subject turns green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dywyddyr View Post
    rotflmao....
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    Country music.

    An hour of it.

    I'd rather be deaf.

    ..........................................

    But then, I suppose it depends on the country's traditions ....

    an hour of Scots skirling bagpipes, an hour of German oompah thumping bands, an hour of Chinese opera.

    All equally as appealing and uplifting as an hour of what you're suggesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Country music.

    An hour of it.

    I'd rather be deaf.

    ..........................................

    But then, I suppose it depends on the country's traditions ....

    an hour of Scots skirling bagpipes, an hour of German oompah thumping bands, an hour of Chinese opera.

    All equally as appealing and uplifting as an hour of what you're suggesting.
    Ok an hour of bagpipes or Chinese opera, especially given most of us don't speak chinese might a bit much, well ok quite unpleasant, but country music really?

    I must admit I'm not a massive fan of country music but there just does seems so much of it and so many variations that I did think surely there must be some artists or songs that anyone could like, I mean take Shania Twain for example can anyone really not like Shania?
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    I mean take Shania Twain for example can anyone really not like Shania?
    Absolutely.

    The voice is nothing special. Add in the lyrics and the music and you have dislike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    I mean take Shania Twain for example can anyone really not like Shania?
    Absolutely.

    The voice is nothing special. Add in the lyrics and the music and you have dislike.
    Lol, ok then each to their own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    I mean take Shania Twain for example can anyone really not like Shania?
    Absolutely.

    The voice is nothing special. Add in the lyrics and the music and you have dislike.
    You could say...

    "That don't impress me much."

    ...I'll get my coat.
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    listen to quite a bit of country....more the newer country though with the Southern rock rhythm. A bit godly but the rest resonate because they seem a lot more about life than other genre.
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    There's no accounting for taste. I would eventually stab out my ear drums in madness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    I would agree to this if it was followed by an hour of rap.
    How about an hour of Gangstagrass. Kill two birds with one stone. JUSTIFIED - ¨LONG HARD TIMES TO COME¨ by GANGSTAGRASS & T.O.N.E.Z. -- - YouTube :-))
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