Most of us are aware of the power of music and the effect it can have on us. However, very few of us are in the habit of using it consciously within our daily lives to support our own health and wellbeing.
As part of raising awareness of how we can use music for our own benefit, I am collecting anecdotal examples of songs that have touched/moved/changed people as well as compiling a playlist of the music mentioned.
So my morning has been spent listening to people’s choices and discovering new music – goose bumps and smiles all round!
Hope you enjoy!
Please feel free to add your own songs that have touched, moved or changed you…
‘In my late teens/early 20’s I found myself listening to the song wondering if I ought to stay in the household I grew up in, close to my high school sweetheart or to leave and go away to experience the change I felt simmering inside me.
The song helped crystalize an unformed feeling inside me, giving me the courage I needed to make that shift.’
Words as a Weapon
I realised that I didn’t want to be hurt anymore by someone I thought I loved. I made one of my biggest and best decisions in my life, I left Europe and found a new life in India – she is sitting next to me.’ Monica, age 31
This Girl is on Fire, Alicia Keys
‘I first heard this when I was dancing at my dance school. I felt flowy and happy and I felt very into what I was doing’ Emily, age 9
Stary, Stary Night, Don McLeon
I heard this at a late night acoustic session at college. Through this song I thought I could see the entire life of Van Gogh and I saw a reflection of myself.’
I Don’t Want to Get out of Bed
‘I heard it on the radio. It made me aware of my teen kids. Made me more understanding towards their habits and their inner struggles’. Joan age 48
Police, Every Breath You take
I first heard this at the funeral of a friend. It made me very sad, almost made me cry. I think the music strengthened and maximised our sad emotion’ Gor, age 31, Mumbai/Poland