Poll: Do Drugs Enhance Musical Creativity?
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View poll results: Do Drugs Enhance Musical Creativity?
yes
62 57%
no
47 43%
Voters: 109.
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#1
So a lot of classic albums have been written or recorded by musicians inebriated. Do you think drugs enhance musical creativity?

(forgot the poll apologies)
#3
They enhance my musical creativity, if you know what I mean.
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#5
Wait my post got deleted.


well I said yes, at least in my experience it does. It may not improve my skill, but I find that ideas flow easier.
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They enhance my musical creativity, if you know what I mean.


no.


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#9
yes, but they do not, under any circumstances, increase musical skill.
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#10
Quote by MercyfulFate505
No

It's all emotion brotha


This. Anyone who likes to write music on drugs probably just has an easier time expressing their emotions, or at least feel less inhibited...
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#11
It does actually, its a proven fact.

Do drugs, make music. Everyone knows that...


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It was pretty popular so yea, it helps when you’re high. Well actually like MercyfulFate505 said, it is mostly emotion, which gets exaggerated when your high so it kind of makes you more creative. Does for me anyways
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#16
I've heard it was proven. I still think with or without the drugs, its how your mind frame is and how you think.
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#17
I always kinda felt music from drugs is a bit fake. For some reason it feels like it's not really you who is writing it.
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you wont remember anything you wrote
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#20
I thought of the craziest lyrics while I was stoned, and they turned out to still be cool the next day. On the other hand, I wrote what I thought was the coolest chord progression ever but the next day I realized that it was just F# C# B..

So yes and no. Therefore I cannot vote.
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#21
YES! I love writing while stoned. That is almost all I do while high lately.
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#22
some of them help to write songs, but the vast majority reduce your ability to play

i have a much easier time finding words to fit my emotion under the influence of some substances than when im sober. but when i play shows i wont let myself drink more than 2 or 3 beer before i play and under no circumstances would i smoke pot. even though the vast majority of my songs have been wrote when i was high
#24
All about your imagination then take drugs
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#25
I don't think it necessarily makes you more creative, but we know that drugs do affect judgment. While sober, maybe you think that riff you wrote could have been better. While stoned, maybe you'll just roll with it, 'cause you know, fuck it, man.
#26
Certain drugs can definitly open up your mind, making you more creative in pretty much everything, not just music.

However, some drugs just kinda don't work with art. I remember trying to write a song while tripping on ecstasy. Fail.
#28
They can only somewhat enhance what's already there, they can't instantly turn you into some kind of creative genius.
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#30
I always found that people who've written a song right after a bad event have written a better song

Like Fade to Black, was written after James Hetfield's amp was stolen, and that amp was given to him by his mother before she died. Hetfield himself would only get involved with alcohol, he was never into coke or anything like that, and the rest of Metallica would vouch for that.

Nothing Else Matters is another example, probably one of the most powerful songs ever written, and it was written without drugs.

Blind Wille Johnson never used drugs
I doubt Robert Johnson used drugs.
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#31
Yes, but in a simple way.
For example, my style of playing is usually a bit technical and it's comfortable for me. I like using obscure chords, creative riffs, etc.
When I was playing the acoustic guitar after smoking weed, I was really feeling some of the stuff I made up, but it wasn't any more than at least 5 notes or chords.
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bassists dont count you dont need to be creative. Unless you are flea or jaco
#33
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I always found that people who've written a song right after a bad event have written a better song

Like Fade to Black, was written after James Hetfield's amp was stolen, and that amp was given to him by his mother before she died. Hetfield himself would only get involved with alcohol, he was never into coke or anything like that, and the rest of Metallica would vouch for that.

Nothing Else Matters is another example, probably one of the most powerful songs ever written, and it was written without drugs.

Blind Wille Johnson never used drugs
I doubt Robert Johnson used drugs.


does the name jimi hendrix, ring any bells to you?
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#34
Quote by MercyfulFate505
I always found that people who've written a song right after a bad event have written a better song

Like Fade to Black, was written after James Hetfield's amp was stolen, and that amp was given to him by his mother before she died. Hetfield himself would only get involved with alcohol, he was never into coke or anything like that, and the rest of Metallica would vouch for that.

Nothing Else Matters is another example, probably one of the most powerful songs ever written, and it was written without drugs.

Blind Wille Johnson never used drugs
I doubt Robert Johnson used drugs.
John 5 never used drugs

alcohol is very much a drug.
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#36
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bassists dont count you dont need to be creative. Unless you are flea or jaco


I'm a guitarist, too. I play my acoustic more than bass lately.

I don't need any outside influence to make the music I want to make. I'm perfectly capable of channeling the music in my head into real life on my own.
#38
Quote by TheFingerling
Lol. Drugs screw your mind, they don't help you play music, or help with musical creativity. Slash used to be a dopie, but that screwed him, now he's stopped and he's all good!


But, he was good when he was on smack, and sucked since.
#39
In the long run, no. So many great musicians... Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bon Scott, Janis Joplin, all killed by drugs.
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#40
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Lol. Drugs screw your mind, they don't help you play music, or help with musical creativity. Slash used to be a dopie, but that screwed him, now he's stopped and he's all good!


well duh, don't take heroin or something, but after a little pot, you can get ideas that you wouldn't normally get if you weren't stoned.
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