Music And The Mind

Positively No Negativity Challenge

Day 32 of 84

Consider this: Music can be stimulating, arousing, calming, relaxing, stressful, irritating, melancholy, melodious, uplifting and it can change your mood, feed your emotions and make you buy things you don’t need.

Don’t believe it?

-Think of the last time you were out shopping. This time of year the shops are filled with Christmas music, which puts people in a generous mood to buy more expensive and classy gifts. Or, like me, it can cause panic because it reminds me that time is running out to get it all done.

-When I am on the treadmill, the more lively the music I play, the better workout I get in. If the music stops or there is a slower song, the quality of my workout suffers.

-When people are stressed they often put on some music that will help take their mind off what is getting to them.

-What was it about Susan Boyle’s first performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream” in Britain’s Got Talent that brought appreciative tears to your eyes in 2009?

When I was going through my divorce and needed something to fill the airspace besides my dark thoughts, I would sing along with Shania Twain’s “UP”, or Buddy Wassisname’s  “Is You ‘appy?” These songs never failed to make me laugh and change my focus while I belted them out at top volume.

And then there was someone I knew during that time who introduced me to a lot of music, and I wondered why the songs always made me cry. He was a depressed person, but I didn’t know it at the time. It was only some years later that I replayed that music and I realized that it was all depressing and about unrequited love, lost relationships and sadness in general. Some of those songs were:

Hurt – Johnny Cash

Sylvia’s Mother – Dr Hook

Alone again, naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan

When My Ship Came Back To Shore – Alice Gerrard

Tonight I’ll Be Lonely – Allison Krause

Love Hurts – Gram Parsons

Crying – Roy Orbison

It’s A Heartache – Bonnie Tyler

No wonder I couldn’t ‘get over it’.

Nowadays I like to listen to a mix of classical music, oldies and a little jazz, but when I need a good laugh I always go back to Buddy Wassisname. It has the power to instantly change my mood and my perspective; and it makes me laugh my head off.

I dare you to listen to the whole song but especially the words. If it doesn’t make you laugh then you’re a tougher person than I.

Today I am happy and grateful for

1. The coffee that Dave prepares for me every evening so that in the morning I just have to push the button.

2. Safe trip to Antigonish yesterday

3. To have seen my son and give him a hug

4. For yet another great deal at Michael’s

5. An offer of help from an unexpected source.


2 thoughts on “Music And The Mind

  1. Good Morning!
    I was hoping you’d delve into the ‘Why’ regarding the comment about Susan Boyle. That seems like a great lead in to an article. Goad me a little and I’ll do it. 🙂


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