Mood Music

Music for me can impact my mood immensely.  When I am angry, I like to listen to heavy metal music and it tends to improve my mood.  My Road Rage Playlist gets played a lot when I am stuck in traffic.  When I am in a really good mood, I like to listen to upbeat pop music or go to my favorite hard rock music.  Both improve my mood even more.

At night before bed, I like to have music playing.  Some nights I just want to listen to instrumental music – no lyrics as I don’t want to think about anything.  I love to play The Piano Guys, 2 Cellos, Lindsey Stirling, or David Garrett.  Other nights I will do Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John 5 or other master guitar players.  And still others I will play either my 80’s playlist or 90’s playlist.  All relax me in different ways, but the end result is the same, I will fall asleep.

Music also makes you feel nostalgic and can take you back to a special time or place. When I hear the song “Panama” by Van Halen I think back to high school and when we took our senior trip to the Redneck Riviera, Panama City Beach, we would also crank up Whitesnake & Def Leppard.

Not only does music impact your mood,  but the reverse is also true.  Your mood can impact how you feel about a song or an album.  This has happened many times and most recently when I first listened to the new album by Filter called ‘Crazy Eyes’.

I was not in a good mood when I listened to this album and as a result, I hated the album.  I mean hated it!! The album had such a hard, industrial sound to it that I immediately took an utter dislike to the whole album.  That first song “Mother E” was so god awful.  My head actually hurt listening to it.  From that point on, no song stood a chance of me liking it.

That was back on April 8, 2016.  It has taken me until last week to actually give it another listen. I was in a much better mood one evening driving home from work so I thought why not! I’ll give it another try.  And to my surprise, I enjoyed the album a lot more.  I am still very disappointed in the overall album and I still think “Mother E” is a god awful song. However, there ended up being 5 or 6 songs that I really like and will keep in my collection. If I wouldn’t have given it another listen, I would have missed out on several good songs.

When I do my Music Challenges, my mood is really important.  I have to have an open mind as I don’t know what I am going to be listening to or even if it is something I will enjoy.  Each time I have done it, I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I have enjoyed the albums even if they were’t in the normal wheelhouse of what I like.  I have really enjoyed King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and my mood at the time of listening to it is the reason why. And now I am a fan!

I am not really sure if I had a point to this post, but I guess I am intrigued by how impactful music really is on us as people and what mood we are in.  I am also curious to know has there ever been an album or song that you hated at one time because of your mood, but loved it when you gave it a listen to again later at another time.  Or how does music impact your mood?  Leave me some feedback and let me know your thoughts on the topic.  Thanks for reading me ramble on and on about nothing much.

 

3 thoughts on “Mood Music

  1. Mood plays a huge role. There are several cool books about music’s affect on the brain. Try Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia for some cool case studies, and This Is Your Brain On Music By Daniel Levitan. Your local library should have them!

    Music (almost) always lifts me up. Classical doesn’t always calm me down. Something like Beethoven actually revs me up! For the avoidance of road rage, I keep a CDr of all the Jack Johnson albums in the car. He helps a lot.

    But I don’t think I could listen to music to fall asleep. I pay too much attention to the music, I think it would just keep me awake, listening! Heck, they even have a radio on, at low volume, at work, and I find my ear getting pulled towards it rather than doing my job! haha I’ve never been able to have music as background noise. It’s a full-on experience for me!

    great idea for a post. Thanks for this!

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    1. Thanks a lot. I am definitely going to look up those books as it does fascinate me on the impact music plays on my emotional state. I like Jack Johnson, but when I am worked up, I really need something heavy to help get out the aggression. Mellow or slower music sets me off more when I am agitated. But to each their own, right!!

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      1. Those books might lead to more, and that’s the best thing ever. 🙂

        I’m glad you’re aware of what helps you handle aggression – so many people aren’t self-aware enough to have such knowledge. You’re ahead of the game!

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