The Power of Music over Moods!


I love a wide variety of music. From The Cure, to The Mills Brothers, to Boston, to P!nk. Every song brings with it an emotional charge that can harm or help you when you are struggling with your emotions. Here’s what I mean:

If I’m feeling low and want to hurt myself, listening to The Smiths probably isn’t my wisest choice. Their music can be very sad and is sometimes even about wanting to die. If I go there it may make me worse, even though in that moment this music might be exactly what I’m drawn to. On the other hand if I’m sad and I know I need to feel my emotions rather than stuff them down, depressing tunes, like RUST from Echo and the Bunnymen, may be just what the doctor ordered. That said, I try not to leave myself with just a tragic playlist.

For example, I have playlists labeled DEPRESSING or MELANCHOLY, but once I’ve cried for a bit I make a point of switching over to something else so that I don’t spiral out of control. I may just switch to RELAXATION, or I may go all the way to FUN AND HAPPY TUNES. It varies depending on my needs. If you don’t suffer from depression or anxiety this may not be as critical for you but I believe that the music we choose can still sway our emotions in a certain direction.

Do you have an anthem? I bet you do. A song that comes on and you are immediately rocking out! You feel alive and on top of the world! This is a good one to have on standby to get yourself out of a funk. WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK IT by Katy Tiz is one example of my anthem songs while SECRETS by Mary Lambert is one of my feel good songs. I’m going to link the video at the bottom of this post, because I think the message is wonderful!

What’s your anthem? Do you have “go to” sad songs? Tell me about them in the comments! Thanks for reading! Oh! I will be in Yellowstone next Monday so there won’t be a new post next week, this will have to tide you over!


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  1. Troy said:

    I stay cheery by listening to TV themes and upfront jingles. NBC’s “Let’s All Be There” (1995) is a winner, but ABC’s “Still the One” is the ultimate fixer-upper when I’m low. Do I love TV too much? Maybe.

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  2. M.E. Cooper said:

    This – I believe that the music we choose can still sway our emotions in a certain direction. – absolutely. In fact just last week there was a day I was at the gym and had forgotten my earbuds. I had to listen to the music they were playing and the only thing it did is make me want to finish my workout faster so I could get away from whatever it was that they were playing. It was making me anxious and irritated and not in the mood to exercise.
    I have many different playlists, one called Drown In My Own Tears for those moments when all I can do is wallow. Another one is Shut Up and Drive, for those times when you just need to get out on the road and go.
    So all that to say, yeah, I get this. 🙂
    And enjoy Yellowstone. It’s amazing to see.

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    August 13, 2018
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    • Amy Laurel said:

      Thanks for commenting! I have had that same experience at the gym, it’s the worst!! Thanks again!

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      August 13, 2018
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  3. Kathie Fong Yoneda said:

    Love “your song” & the connection that exists between music & our feelings! One of your best columns, Amy!!! xoxo k

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    August 13, 2018
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    • Amy Laurel said:

      Thanks, Kathie! That means a lot!! xoxo

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