I think it depends upon the music. The music I know and love definitely does not
bypass the rational mind; it engages with it. At the same time it also engages with the 'irrational' part of the brain, in a dance of synthesis to make what I would call 'pure' music. The notion that music can be both emotionally and
intellectually stimulating, is sadly a stranger to the vast majority of MSM music audiences nowadays, so many people it seems.
Unfortunately with the addition of lyrics - an indispensable part of music to some people - it takes us away from 'pure' (or universal/elemental?) music back into the realm of humanity and therefore misunderstandings; they can be twisted so easily, mean so many things. That's how I see it, anyway.
I've noticed in most Hollywood films about musicians, especially of late, they love to dwell on the muso's drug problems. And dwell, and dwell. It goes all the way back to Kirk Douglas in "Young Man with a Horn" in the '50s (great title!), to today's biopics like the "Ray" (Ray Charles), and the Charlie Parker film ("Bird") by Clint Eastwood
We should not forget that our 'knowledge' of their drug habits comes only from the media - a slow drip feed that gets passed down from one chronicler to the next, the same bullshit stories which get embedded, one nugget at a time, in our heads. They
are the pushers when it comes to public consumption of the drug-filled lives of musicians.
One of the big problems today is that the outlets for musical opportunity have shrunk away from the local, to the world stage - run 100% now by the perps, which can only handle a few heroes at a time; but with tentacles everywhere in the music world, looking for the next sucker. They don't want
people to know the true power of music, that good music makes your brain grow, and makes you think for yourself. They would prefer to keep everyone musically illiterate so they can sell their tired, recycled old shit, pumped up by the video clip, saved by the lyrics. It's only through the sheer cry of the human soul, which can't be stifled for too long, that good music occasionally bubbles up through the MSM straight-jacket.
On this subject I find the following site quite interesting, I'm sure many of you are familiar with it:
Hey, why can't we have some good
drug stories for a change? Lenny Bruce used to talk about that, the 'well-adjusted' junkie. And I definitely remember reading in my MK-Ultra delvings a while back, that in the 50s the CIA tested the use of marijuana on subjects for mind-control recruitment. It was found to be not conducive for brain-washing.