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The Power of Music

If you want to do something good for your brain, turn on your music player and sing along to a few songs. Better yet, sing and dance at the same time. Music stimulates many areas of the brain, including those responsible for memory, movement and mood, according to a new report from the AARP-founded Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH).

 

I've always loved music. My parents have home videos of me as a wee baby, and I'm intently listening to the music playing and ignoring everything else going on. I've been singing since I can remember, and I took piano lessons for a time and played the flute for 6 years. I also recently learned that my great-grandmother was an opera singer! My grandma on my mom's side was a piano teacher. Music is in my genes! Music has also helped me process my feelings, and is always there to soothe my soul when I'm going through a rough patch. I even met my partner at a music festival!

 

Do you listen to music to boost your mood? How has music helped you? Share your story today!

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Jill Scott's "Golden" is definitely a pick me up.  "I Love the Lord", by Whitney Houston stirs my soul.  

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I discovered this artist just a couple of weeks ago.  But he and his voice have consumed me..............

Gregory Porter -- If Love Is Overrated

Relax and enjoy.

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A  classic performance..............

Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang - Blue Velvet

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Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing".  Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" is another good one.

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Earth Wind and Fire's "September" can recharge me after a long night on my feet, in 35 seconds. I like to listen to it on high volume...

 

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What gets me going is  "Footloose " from the movie that starred Kevin Bacon. Now that is fun. 

 

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Gary Hobbs- Las Miradas que te DIY.

Oh yes San Antonio Tejano music!!

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My mother's favorite was "Blue Skies" by Jim Reeves, I like it too.

 

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Gershwin’s Rapsody in Blue!!!  Never fails. 

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Rhapsody in Blue is a piece that's unmatched.

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My Love,My Life from the movie, Mama Mia Here We Go Again!

 

It always inspires me... and makes me tear up.

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Ode de Joy!

My new favorite is Jerusalema by Master KG. Makes me want to get up and dance. The dance is being done all over the world in all disciplines. 

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"You're the Inspiration" by my favorite band Chicago! They've been the soundtrack to my life. 

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La Isla Bonita  by Madonna

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Melody Road by Neil Diamond

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Dancing Queen by Abba makes me happy.  Time spent with dear friends and good wine!  Also reminds me of dancing with the grandchildren!  Always a classic

 

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The song that makes me feel happy is "Feeling Alright" sung by Joe Cocker-the words and the music!

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One of my favorites too.

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I don't know how anyone could help but get a lift from I'm Into Something Good (remember Herman's Hermits?).

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September by Earth, Wind and Fire.  I was born in September and this song signals, for me, the beginning of my favorite season, Autumn.  Always makes me dance.

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“Call me, Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

it has the perfect beat and speed for walking.  Always makes me smile.

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Jessica, by the Allman Brothers Band, soaring melodies that always make me smile.

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James Brown -"Feel Good" always lift my spirits.

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THEME FROM:    OUT OF AFRICA

 

From the first note I start to cry.  I am taken through many emotions.  My LOVE of Africa, An incredible Love Story, Utter Beauty, my Profound Love of Animals and Earth.      To have notes of music strung in such a way that I am gifted a range of emotions.  A range of memories.  We are so blessed to have Music. 

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Billy Joel. I love you just the way you are

 

our first dance at our wedding 38 years ago. Brings a smile to my face a flutter to my heart as I turn up the volume

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Morning Sun by Carole King.  Lifts me up whenever it pops up on my playlists.

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Otis Redding, sitting on the dock of the bay

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I always feel good when I hear "Well All Right" by Blind Faith (1969). It was also recorded by Buddy Holly (1958) and Santana (2005?). 

Now I often listen to anything by Playing for Change, especially the international collaborations called "Songs Around the World." If you are listening for the first time, start with "Stand By Me" or "Imagine." Both, and much more, on YouTube. 

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The National Anthem always brings tears to my eyes. Every time, we have many people in our family who have fought for this county’s freedom. From the Revolutionary war, WW I, WW ll, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, Iraq and a niece, and nephew currently serving now. We have Army, Navy, Coast Guard , and National Guard are the ones I am aware of in my life time. It always makes me feel proud and thankful to be an American. Nobody cared what their political affiliation was. Ask anyone who served or is serving now if they care when they are in the heat of battle what race, religion or political party they are. Let’s play that anthem regularly, if not for each other...for the people who risk their lives everyday no matter how we civilians behave.

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