Music & Moods

Because there is so much more to living than food and fitness, I like to make this a place about all things that shape life. Music being one of them... I can't tell you how the sound of Diana Krall singing "The Look of Love" surrounds my head with autumn leaves and begs me to throw on a big burly sweater. I can't explain why hearing John Mayer singing "3x5" brings me to my naive and  unassuming state as a college freshman, or even why the chords of  "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High" faintly depresses me (due to countless Sunday nights I would let myself become quite upset about spending the last night of my weekend at church, knowing the school week was only hours away. Odd, I know.)

Music has a way of transporting us almost supernaturally. It's a universal language that has the power to awaken the soul. A song can bring instant ease or immediate irritation. A song can make me high or make me miserable. My family has always had a deep connection to music. Awfully opinionated, but deep. Maybe it was being raised with a Dad who would come home from work just to immediately blast anything from Billy Joel to Steven Curtis Chapman, and get all  us kids wired before dinner, that marked the moods of music for me. That or it was the headphones that were on my Mom's tummy all those 9 months. Still, ever since I was young (and to this day) my mom could tell what kind of  music I was currently listening to ( or more so, what I wasn't listening to) just by being around me. Music is powerful and moods are the makeup of our personalities and character.

Moods are more easily altered, thoughts more quickly formed and hearts more swiftly swayed by a song than we dare say.

So here are a taste of songs that sway me.

For just making me happy to be alive...

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IH9gGywLk4]

For chilling out...

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flkByutsgTg]

For setting me at ease...

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_XG_YlTPPQ]

For bringing me down to the dumps. ( Don't get me wrong. I think his music is beautiful. It just depresses me. Don't know why...)

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ThuXEDvCZk]

For battling stressful situations. Don't ask...

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE0pwJ5PMDg]

For the love of God that leaves me at a loss for words...

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOJhJWZNQyU]

 

What songs move your moods?