A friend has suggested I write about how music affects our moods, I think the quote above captures the whole feeling around music, our moods and emotions.
We all have 'special,' songs. Those that were played at our weddings, our first dance, our intimate moments ;)
songs that evoke happy memories, warm smiles and laughter. We all have sad songs. Songs that were played at the funerals of loved ones, soundtracks to sad movies, our first love break-up songs, pieces of music that are played over pictures of news bulletins, 9/11 and other stories of human tragedies.
Remember the clip in 'Bridget Jones Diary', All by myself, or the Airport Scene in 'Love Actually,' playing the Bee Gees, 'God Only knows.' To this day, still tear inducing songs for me if im in that frame of mind.
I was on a course a few years ago and we did a small experiment around music and reminiscence.
We were all played 4 pieces of music and were asked to just listen and concentrate and see where the music takes us. The first piece was classical, the kind of water music you would find playing at a spa, the second was a carpenters song, I cant remember the 3rd but the last was an upbeat Abba track.
I managed to stay awake during the 'spa' music but by the end of the Carpenters track I was in tears. The track had managed to trigger a memory in me.........
Thankfully I had managed to regain my composure and save any embarrassment, by the time dancing Queen had finished. It did teach me how important and emotive music is within reminiscence not only during sessions with clients but also within our own personal experiences.
Music can be a great tool for lifting your spirits, for helping you through those difficult or mellow times or for giving insiration when you seem lost with little focus.
Music has been a huge part of my life from growing up, getting married (twice) ,raising a family and through my eating disorder recovery.
I was brought up on Country and Western Music, Elvis Presley, Doris Day and Rock and Roll. The tune 'two liitle boys,'by Rolf Harris will always bring a tear to my eye as it still reminds me of my Dad.
'I love Rock and Roll,' Jaon Jett, brings back memories of my teens and my best friends birthday party in a local church hall. We thought we looked gorgeous in our ra-ra skirts, neon pink eyeshadow and leg warmers.
Thought I would share some of my favourite song memories and what they mean to me.
Paul Mcartney and Wings-Another Day
Tammy Wynette and KLF
The Birth Of My Son In 1991
Somewhat predictable but my wedding song in 2008
What I listen to if I'm feeling a little uninspired. My 'recovery' song