Ok, recently have had more inspiration to remove some things from my life, mainly video games (as i've been addicted for 15 years or more) as well as possessions, books, etc... that I have no use for anymore.
I've also been thinking about narrowing down the music I listen to. I love various sorts of music other than Orthodox. Including Country, Rock (modern and classic), Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative, etc...
One of the main bands I've been listening to is Disturbed. However, as I go on, i've been wondering if I should eliminate all types of music from my list except for Orthodox.
Disturbed is a great band with great tunes, but sometimes it can be certainly dark. The lead singer, David Draiman is Jewish, but isn't really in connection with his faith as much as his family members.
One of their songs, Prayer is basically a conversation between David and God after his grandfather (whom he never got close to after separating from) died, it's basically him telling God that after everything bad that has happened to him, he is saying simply to hit him harder. The main chorus goes:
"Let me enlighten you
This is the way I pray
Livin just isn't hard enough
Burn me alive, inside
Livin my life's not hard enough
Take everything away "
Inside the Fire is a song about the suicide of his girlfriend. It's a conversation between him and Satan. And how Satan was tempting him to kill himself to "rejoin" his love in "hell". At the beginning of the video, he says if someone is considering suicide to seek out the suicide hotline and get help. He isn't advocating suicide but expressing his grief and struggle he had with the event. (as he was the one to find her)
Stricken is a song presumably about a girlfriend that has betrayed him or caused him harm. The beginning words and chorus goes:
"AH! AH! AH! OW!
You walk on like a woman in suffering
Won't even bother now to tell me why
You come along, letting all of us savor the moment
Leaving me broken another time
You come on like a bloodstained hurricane
Leave me alone, let me be this time
You carry on like a holy man pushing redemption
I don't want to mention, the reason I know
That I am Stricken and can't let you go
When the heart is cold, there's no hope, and we know
That I am crippled by all that you've done
Into the abyss will I run!-"
While these songs do have meaning and even sometimes positive morales, I sometimes don't think they are really benefiting me.
I wonder if I should just remove the majority of my music from my life.
What does everyone else think? Should I take the step now and remove them?