“Usually, we listen to music to validate how we feel. That’s why we play sad songs after a break-up. But to use music therapeutically, you need to listen to songs that make you feel the way you want to feel.”
I can’t not bop my head to: ___”Shut Up and Let Me Go!” by the Ting Tings___
I dance naked in my bedroom to: “Electric Feel” by MGMT
The tune I belt out at the top of my lungs on a road trip: “Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles
My no-fail seduction song: “Strip Tease” by Hawksly Workman
I’m not at all embarrassed to tell you I know every word to: “Tic Tok” By Ke$ha
Favorite morning shower song: “All the Trees in the Field Will Clap Their Hands” by Sufjan Stevens
Best girly, sunny day song: “Perfect Day” by Hoku
Awesome rockin’ movin’ tune: “Hayloft” by Mother Mother
Song that puts me to sleep (in a good way): “Comtine D’un Autre Ete: L’apres midi” by Yann Tiersen
So that’s my music therapy! I encourage everyone reading this to make a list like this for yourself and listen to these songs that make you feel awesome, when you are feeling far from it. It’s amazing what a little bit of endorphines can do to your attitude! Sure, there are times to wallow and cry along to the songs that are apparently made just to match what your heart feels, but you can’t be stuck in that rut forever. Make the sun shine for you!
Here are a few other tunes I’ve been grooving a long to that I found on the ever-impressive Hype Machine (http://hypem.com):
“Alice” by Pogo (music made from the sounds and words from the Disney cartoon of Alice in Wonderland)
“Let It Go” by Ok Go as remixed by Passion Pit (to get life into the right mindset)
and finally, “Sweet Disposition” cover as done by Ellie Goulding (really gorgeous vocals)
Have yourselves a beautifully musical day, enjoy the sunshine, and come through winter just fine, fine, fine.