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Mood Changing Music

Karen Rowinsky - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Need to change your mood? A quick way to do this is to play music that represents the state of mind you would like. Here are some playlists I have when I want to change my mood. They might give you some ideas to create your own

When I need to strengthen my resolve or some inspiration to be strong:

  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Stand Back Up – Sugarland
  • Sisters are Doin’ for Themselves – Aretha Franklin
  • I Will Not be Broken – Bonnie Raitt
  • No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen
  • Not Ready to Make Nice – Dixie Chicks
  • Singing for Our Lives – Holly Near
  • Brave Faith – Jana Stanfield
  • Sing, Love, Dance – Jana Stanfield

When I need some cheering up:

  • Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  • Feelin’ Groovy – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Secret O’ Life – James Taylor
  • If I Were Brave – Jana Stanfield
  • Life is Beautiful – Keb’ Mo’
  • If I Don’t Dance – Kelly Hunt
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • I Take My Chances – Mary Chapin Carpenter

When I need some energy, I dance to the following:

  • Put on Your Dancing Shoes – Steve Winwood
  • Rosalita – Bruce Stringsteen
  • Graceland (the whole album) – Paul Simon
  • Anything Motown
  • De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da – The Police
  • Respect – Aretha Franklin
  • Think – Aretha Franklin
  • Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
  • Hot Legs – Rod Stewart
  • So You Want to be a Rock & Roll Star – Tom Petty
  • Walk of Life – Dire Straits

When I need to relax:

  • Plains -George Winston
  • Songs Without Words – Windham Hill
  • Kinda Blue – Miles Davis
  • Anything by Steve Halpern
  • Four Seasons – Vivaldi
  • Pictures at an Exhibition – Mussorgsky
  • Pastoral (Symphony #6) – Beethoven
  • The Segovia Collection – Segovia

Learn more about the therapeutic use of music from the ultimate expert, Steve Halpern at Inner Peace Music.

Self care is being able to recognize when you would like a change in mood and then changing it. 


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