Fact is music is something like drugs.
Recreational drugs. Serve no purpose but to provide temporary release from an unpleasant situation or heighten enjoyment of an already perfectly enjoyable moment. Always have BAD side effects. Also you will more than likely regret taking them one day. Incredibly addictive.
Chemical drugs. Full of manufactured, false, imitation products. So although they heal us they are probably introducing some other foul substance to our bodies that we don't need. Often results in bad side effects. Addictive.
So how does it relate to music?
Recreational music. Music with crap lyrics. Promiscuity, arrogance, greed, boastfulness etc. No real content. Or more often foul content but with the hottest beat. Just like recreational drugs, great feelings come from this category but no real improvement. For example, Rihanna's Rude Boy. Lil' Wayne's Lollipop. Tinie Tempah's Pass Out. Nicki Minaj every song she ever made...you get the picture.
Chemical music. Music that isn't always blatantly foul. It is generally full of idle talk and will mention things like sex and material objects but in a non whorish, less boastful way. Like chemical drugs it will make improvements but more than likely introduce a lesser filth into your mind. And again like chemical drugs, every now and then you get something pure. Still over a hot beat. For example Chiddy Bang's Opposite of Adults. Alicia Keys' Empire State of Mind are Chemical.
The random pure song you may find in this category will be something like Eliza Doolittle's Pack Up.
The reason songs like that are still in the Chemical category is because although they are clean they are not conscious.
So what to do, what to do?
There is a lesser known, lesser used form of drugs.
Holistic. This word is derived from Holism 'The theory that whole entities, as fundamental components of reality, have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts'
So, holistic music is music that is aware of the fact that we, as human beings, are more than just ourselves. We have responsibilities to our fellow humans. We affect each other. Holistic medicine is non addictive. Also known as concious music.
Make of this blog post what you will.
This is how I try to choose my music. The exact same way I try to choose my healthcare. Always go with the holistic option. If you need something a little stronger...go chemical but thoroughly research the CONTENT to ensure no negative side effects, if it's clean go ahead and take it... avoid recreational at all costs. Also remember it was a wise man that once said "There is a time and a time" Music is not for all situations. Time on the bus would be better spent with a book expanding your knowledge.
Just to cool off after all that brain training...
Some holistic, alternative, conscious, however you like to call it, music. from 2 of my favourite artists.
Also a way to gauge what category music falls into. Read the lyrics by themselves. Does it run well and appeal to you on a reading level?? Then the music is just words spoken in a pleasing way :)