“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth
Music is healing balm and can help us process and release our emotions. Connecting through music enables us to communicate with people and confront thoughts and fears that are hidden below the surface.
Music to Inspire:
“Music has real health benefits. It boosts dopamine, lowers cortisol and it makes us feel great. Your brain is better on music.” – Alex Doman
When I need inspiration, I crank up Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys and the Curtis Mayfield classic Move on Up. When working on a computer, I take mini dance breaks to move my body and energy. Uplifting songs energize me and keep my creativity flowing.
I’m also a big fan of Enya. Her beautiful lyrics and gentle instrumentation inspire me and give me a grounded, spiritual vibe while journaling. I feel particularly inspired when listening to Caribbean Blue.
Music to process Anger:
“Music frees your soul from the dungeon of your mind”. – Wiss Auguste
A close person in my life was recently battling addiction and sabotaging herself and her relationships. To help me navigate my frustration and anger at her situation, I would sit in my parked car and beat on the steering wheel while listening to The Smashing Pumpkins, Bullet with Butterfly Wings. I would yell the lyrics at the top of my lungs, feel a huge energy release, and instantly feel calmer and more at ease.
Music to make you Laugh:
“When music hits you, you dance.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
When I need a good laugh, I play the Green Acres Theme Song or Jungle Boogie, by Kool & the Gang. If you’re feeling unhappy and disconnected from yourself, listen to music that takes you back to a time when you felt on top of your game – when you felt happy and carefree. I guarantee that music will instantly bring back feelings of contentment and happiness.
Make each day Musical:
“If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be.” – Lauren Myracle, Shine
Starting your day with music can set the tone for that day. I begin my days with instrumental music playing as a gentle backdrop— Bach, melodic jazz, and “Spa Music”. I end my day with soft music that lulls me into a soothing night’s sleep.
Music helps express my many moods and the various facets of my personality: playful, spiritual, sensual, and deep. I encourage you to create different playlists for your different moods. My current Spotify Playlists range from “Dance Your A&* Off,” to “Swanky Lounge Dinner Music”, “Fun and Uplifting”, “Anger Release”, and “Morning Vibes.”
I’d love to hear how music shapes your life. What are your go-to songs for different moods?
Share in the comments below!