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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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Music has fed my soul since I was a little girl.  My dad was a jazz musician and my mother was a piano teacher  Of all the songs I listened to, two stand out as my go-to Happy Music, i.e. Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good" and One of my go-to "Happy Music" songs! 

and Chicago's "Beginnings." Another one of my go-to "Happy Music" songs!   

ENJOY! 😀🎵🎶💖

 

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Proud Mary.  Tons of regret.  Can't live up to it.  

 

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I grew up with music, listening to music on the radio, on the phonograph with 75s, 45s, and 33s, and always singing. My dad always played the music from his era - Big Band, Country, the Rat Pack. etc. During my school years, I was in band - started with the recorder, glockenspiel (marching bells), and eventually staying with the trumpet/cornet - from 4th grade until my senior year. In my first year of junior college, I was in a jazz band for a semester. For a couple of years, I accompanied the piano/organ at my church. Music is my go-to whenever I need to escape - clear my head, think through an issue, decompress, or just plain chill. It is the backbone of my foundation as I can listen to most any type of music - concert, spiritual, jazz, reggae, country, a little of opera ... The only three genre of music I usually stay away are rap, hip-hop, and heavy metal. One of my favorite memories is getting up every morning at 0500 to listen to Duke Yannacomb and Country Music doing my homework for many years in the Keys. My favorite of all though is, and will always be, Elvis.

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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham!

No matter how horrible I might be feeling, if I listen to this, everything looks brighter. 
Give it a try 👍

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Vacation: The Go-Go's.

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Hey Lydia, you amaze me with your variety of knowledge on different kinds of music. I also like "Ride with Me" by the Mavericks

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One of the most beautiful love songs ever written was Unchained Melody sung by The Righteous Brothers and brought to life in the movie Ghost.  Here it is:

Just beautiful!

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Bill Withers song, "Lovely Day."

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I absolutely LOVE that song, JamesM!!!!

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Always makes me feel better!

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Yes

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Yes. 

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Just one more mood elevator...

"CAN'T STOP THE FEELING"  by Justin Timberlake

 

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This song is from an animated film called "SING!"  There is a lot of great music in this movie, but I find this one song always elevates my mood, puts me in a happy place, and even makes me wanna move even while sitting down.  So here goes.....

"Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"  sung by Tori Kelly

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Originally recorded by Stevie Wonder. Tori Kelly did it justice!

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Some unknown or newly started singers are found on those variety or talent challenge shows like American Idol.  Here is one such talent with his on spin of a well known song:

Brian Crum sings  CREEP

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WOWWWWWW!  

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I find this song and video  to be a very happy step to a good day. "Open Door Season" performed by Deililck Haddon. Surprise yourself give it a try!

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I really like Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher." Alex does a superior job on drums, Michael is right on with the bass, but the master is Eddie. His guitar solo is just AWESOME! I also like "Dreams." RIP Eddie

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artist : Pharrell

the song : HAPPY

Makes my body move, makes my mood HAPPY. 
It makes me think of the world I want to live in and not this one

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Ditto for sure!!!!!    😃🤗🙃

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I don't know if this qualifies as a song.  It is my favorite march and is very stirring and I think John Philip Sousa's finest -"Semper Fidelis".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgABUZ4i9co

 

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I've played John Phillip Sousa music from grade school throughout college. Parades, concerts, you name it!

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I've always enjoyed musicals and one of the greatest musical events in recent times was the film The Greatest Showman.  Several great songs and musical numbers came out of this movie and these three truly demonstrate "the power of music" to encourage and uplift the spirit.  Enjoy!

This Is Me sung by Keala Settle

 

Never Enough -- performed by Rebecca Ferguson (as sung by Loren Allred)

 

From Now On with Hugh Jackman

 

 

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I've got lots of, I call them, "happy songs. 

This is one of my favs-

https://youtu.be/UhDXGyrHLb0

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Thanks, RhondaF935810!

 I just recently found out I have Early Stage Parkinson’s..and I must admit I am pretty scared. I’m a very active person. 
I’m Alive video made me smile and cheer up! Thanks,   SLOTC

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I'm glad, Brian, it gave you a smile.  Keep on pushin'! 

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I love "I'm Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves. Definitely lifts your spirits and gets you moving!

 

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Amy Winehouse

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She had a great voice-sorry she's passed on.
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