I have been wondering for many moons what modes of the major diatonic are associated with what emotions?
I can "feel" 1 mode as happy / complete.
I know that minor modes are supposed to be sad but that's not what I hear or "feel". (I actually tend feel happy with 6 because I love the way it sounds and the way melodies play out on the fretboard. Kind of an excitement and sense of accomplishment when I write a technical sounding riff around that mode.)
But as for the rest.....I suppose there is a disconnect somewhere in my brain.
Anyone able to teach me what I seem to be missing / misunderstanding?
A huge plus if you can explain how and why. I have trouble understanding and accepting anything without knowing how it works and why its done that way.
I don;t really think that any one emotion has a lock on any particular mode. I've heard mixolydian come across as both pretty happy (say, a celtic jig) and pretty sad (anything by the Smashing Pumpkins) and I could see phrygian being used for something pretty sinister as well as something pretty sad and depressing. They're just notes and intervals. Some are darker than others (I'd put locrian at the darkest end of the spectrum and lydian at the lightest) but really it's WHAT you do with them rather than the notes themselves, and even really the performance, that defines the emotion.