Can Music Affect Our Mood?

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I’ll never forget what my ex-husband said to me several years ago. During the time, I was really struggling mentally and emotionally.

We kept separate finances, bills, and vehicles. Every so often, I’d park behind him in our narrow driveway when he needed to run to the store–he would end up taking my minivan instead of moving vehicles.

One night when he returned from one of those trips, he said, “You’re feeling pretty good today, aren’t you?”


“Your music. Life 101.9 was on in the car when I got in. Lately, it’s been Rock 108. You always listen to rock music when you’re upset and depressed.”

He couldn’t have been more right. Music has SUCH a profound impact on the way we feel. They say that misery loves company, so it’s no wonder I wasn’t feeling the best when listening to music that wasn’t uplifting and positive.

Don’t get me wrong. I can certainly hold my own in a mosh pit…but there’s something to be said about the psychology of music.

People can successfully improve their moods and boost their overall happiness in just two weeks, according to Ferguson’s research, published in The Journal of Positive Psychology.

In the study, participants improved their mood after being told to try to do so, but they only succeeded when they listened to the upbeat music of Copland, as opposed to the sadder tunes of Stravinsky. Other participants, who simply listened to the music without attempting to change their mood, didn’t report an increase in happiness.


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“I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.  It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.  My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.  But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video.  This video was a lot of fun to make.  I hope people enjoy it!”

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