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When I'm down, Irish celtic folk always brings me out of it. I think its the under laying strength in the music. Its music of people who had troubles, but chiose to go on and dance anyway. I have a whole collection on the computer which gets played through the good speakers with the tv setup when I have to do boring things since then they don't get noticed.
Music is said to have a direct brain connection, much as color does. Drumming, for instance, is found universally, and has the same effect of pulling people together. I think part of what can pull us out of a sinkhole is dependent on the music itself and how it connects and our own memories and meanings. And what we like, of course.
That's my music of choice too. I think the reason I love it so much is the contrast between the minor key and the dance beat--sort of like sugar and salt together. I love African folk for the same reason and esp love the following vid when I'm down.
I have also noticed the brain connection and one day as I was listening to a really beautiful song it occurred to me that beautiful (to you) music probably activates the same part of the brain as falling in love does.
If I feel a bad mood coming on and it is convenient, going to YouTube and searching for "healing music" or "healing sounds" or "music to raise your vibration" works WONDERS for me - it literally changes my vibration . . .(music is vibration and we are more than 70% water).
I wouldn't think heavy metal would help one's mood.
I think of music as a language. So as you listen to music let it talk to you. Each note or chord is speaking. The fact that you don't know how it makes you feel the song has still made an impression on you. I've always believed that music (no matter what genre) stronger than even the sent of freshly baked bread, can bring up a feeling or a memory.
Studies show that people who listen to this, after, have lower bp and a better mood - wish I could cite the study.
Reason I love Jeff Buckely (others...Sade, Ella Fitzgerald) is the fact I have a musical family and I hear every chord and note and the vibrations feel...different...
I'm on a Buckley binge that I can't stop; angelic voice and beautiful chord progressions.
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