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Music Therapy for Bouncing Back. Saturday July 9, 2016

Last Monday, on Moodscope, we shared a blog on Ebb and Flow. The idea being that 10 emotional states can push us towards resilience and positive psychology, and 10 emotional states can pull us back, or even 'down'. The dialogue that followed, especially an idea from Jules, highlighted the potential of music to help us bounce back from the negative states and thus overcome them.

So today, I've some music suggestions as our "Starter for Ten"! Please add your suggestions so that we can develop a music therapy playlist. I've already set up the first suggestions on my Spotify playlist for "Bouncing Back".

The power of music to change our state of mind is undisputed – but the choice of songs and the associations they trigger are tailored by each individual's experience.

The selection must be yours!

And in case you want to copy-and-paste, the first suggested songs are:

[For overcoming being Afraid] Whistle a happy tune (The King and I)

[For overcoming feeling Ashamed] Forgive me (Leona Lewis)

[For overcoming feeling Distressed] Always look on the bright side of life (Monty Python)

[For overcoming feeling Guilty] Forgive someone (Morrissey) I also like 'Only Human' by the Human League

[For overcoming feeling Hostile] Give peace a chance - John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band

[For overcoming being Irritable] Peaceful easy feeling (The Eagles)

[For overcoming being Jittery] Let it be (The Beatles)

[For overcoming feeling Nervous] Don't worry, be happy (Bobby McFerrin)

[For overcoming feeling Scared] A little bit stronger (Sara Evans)

[For overcoming being Upset] You've got a friend (James Taylor)

Really looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

A Moodscope member.
Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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the room above the garage Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 12:39am

Oh jeez yes! Music is my friend, morning, noon and night. It wakes me up, plays in the shower, in the loo, in the kitchen, the car, in my pocket, it's cried for me and celebrated for me. I wholeheartedly agree with this Lex. I find songs with meaning from our younger days help me laugh...remembering my mum tearing up the hall to one, or the video of me and my toddler kids singing and jumping on our old couch with music on full pelt...they raise my game. I just need a song to bring a memory and I'm transported into a new mindset. In fact, you've made me think of a music exercise I did recently and so have inspired me to write a little blog. You've fed me <burp> and I thank you, love ratg X.

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 8:19am

Hi RATG! You ve made me 'happy' by Pherrell Williams, with your burp! You are pardoned!! Bear x x x x

S Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 8:26am

Love the burp too ???? sx

S Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 8:30am

The ?s were meant to be !s Sx

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:30am

Oh yes! I could feel the blog coming on RATG as I was reading your comments, thinking to myself, "RATG, you gotta write a blog on this, oh yeah, baby, na na na na, de doobie doo...." Feel the rhythm x L'x

Lou Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 7:18am

Great idea!

Not sure which card it is applicable to, but this is stirring, energising and uplifting:

Rachel Platten "Fight Song"

Good for when it feels like the world is against you and gets you back on your feet.


Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:34am

Love this, Lou - and the link was very helpful. I don't think it matters what card... because music is so personal. One Moodscoper may use it to 'fight' against 'Jittery' and another use it to counter 'Upset' - great song. L'x

Jonathan Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 2:03pm

When I first started therapy my female therapist had previously worked in a male maximum security prison. Many of the previous therapists had been assaulted by inmates. However, this very clever lady always had "Islands" by Ludivico Einaudi playing in the background. There were no further attacks whilst she was there. It is the most calming music I have ever heard. In the early stages of my depression I listened to Islands all the time - especially at night to help me to sleep. Just immerse yourself in the music Listen to Islands - Essential Einaudi by Ludovico Einaudi on @AppleMusic. I truly hope it helps others as it helped me. (Disclaimer: Also available on other music apps such as Google music, Spotify etc)

Jul Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 7:53am

Hi Lex. Ha! You've put me on the spot now or in the spotlight! I can think of two at this time of the day. More will come later. For Nervous. Express Yourself (Don't Repress Yourself) Madonna and Distressed. I Love to Love by Tina Charles. Jules x

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:35am

Dancing - Tina Charles... instant transport back in time to happy associations,and there is always space for Madonna... hmmm, lovely, L'x

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 8:26am

Hi Lex...and Jul...super duper idea.....
...Christina Aguilera's You are Beautiful - maybe for ashamed.
And for her Fighter, for being stronger when feeling weak.

And for everyone who will be singing along to any particular song mentioned (because there will be one that you can't get out of your head...all day) apparently singing the normal Happy Birthday song all the way through gets the other song out of your head.....!!
Tee hee!
Bear hugs x x x

S Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 8:32am

I heard it was the Wombles song Bear that gets rid of an earworm ???? have a good day! Sx

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:37am

Thankfully, you didn't mention the Birdie song, dear Bear and S... oh no! What have I done???? Thanks for the great shares - the playlist is growing. L'x

S Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 8:35am

Thanks Lex, great idea- will have a think over the day. I am a melody person rather than lyrics. I have enjoyed some Sufjan Stevens recently- calming when jittery. Some 80s cheese usually gets me energised, Sx

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:38am

Actually, S, having a lot more melody without lyrics would be perfect on the playlist because it can also do magic at the subconscious level without distracting. Looking forward to more magical recommendations. L'x

S Sun, Jul 10th 2016 @ 9:01am

Hi again, I was thinking yesterday that I really like some instrumental folk music, fiddle music for example e.g. Catrina MacDonald, Haigaard and Hoirup. I know some people get wound up by the patterns that are repeated and I like it - each to their own. Sx

DAVID HAMILTON Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 9:11am

Great stuff Lex, just imagine 'The Moodscopers' with you as the Conductor and all us as Snow White's Dwarfs.singing.......'high low high low it's back to life we go'.
And for those who Remember.....Ken Dodd's HAPPINESS....

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:39am

Glorious! Vintage microphones of course, and gorgeous costumes. Love this, David! especially the re-write!!! L'x

Tutti Frutti Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 9:34am

Hi Lex, I agree with S about the 80s cheese to get you energised,particularly for something like tidying up where you can dance at the same time. For intellectual stuff I would rather have classical and any words need to be in a language I don't understand (eg Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto, Mozart's requiem.)

For dealing with other emotional states I tend to play the piano and sing. It's really good if you are angry and upset and you can start with stuff that indulges the emotions and gradually get calmer. The angry stuff is also really physically tiring to play which helps calm me down. If you are good enough the best thing to play is Beethoven Sonata Pathetique. The first movement is really crashy and the second movement is really calm and gentle and the third movement is somewhere in between. But I haven't been able to play the first movement properly for about 20 years. Jesus Christ Superstar is really good. It has the Gethsemane song and Heaven on their minds which are angry, Pilate's dream which is calm and sad and Everything's alright which is much more optimistic. There's also some fun stuff to play when back on an even keel. I also recommend Abba for the full range of emotions. I have the piano music as well as the Abba gold CD.

Happy listening/playing/singing
TF x

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:42am

Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! I've got to get serious about my piano playing. Watched "The Lady with the Van" this week. No spoilers, but the power of the piano is clear. Happy listening, playing, singing... and dancing. Off to man-dance like a frog in a blender in the kitchen... L'x

S Sun, Jul 10th 2016 @ 9:05am

TF, how lovely to be able to play these pieces! I had forgotten musicals- Les Miserables has helped me through some moments- one more day! Your comment about choral music that is not in a language I know resonates with me- I was lucky enough to go to a concert last night- I was Sat near the percussion and it was really absorbing to watch the team interact and how they worked together to come in on time. Sx

g Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:20am

Major Lazer " Light it up " every time for quite some time now is the one for me to drag me from the bottom

"when the saints go marching in " makes me dance ......

there are many more ....

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:43am

G - I shall call you 'G Force' for those energising choices. Let's reach escape velocity together! Ta L'x

Serenity Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:25am

Hi Lex,

Thanks for your blog.I strongly believe in the magnificent power of music, loyal and healing friend. What would be the world without this amazing blessing!
According to neurologist Jack Lewis, there are songs that can keep anxiety and depression at bay for a while ????

Below the list:
Let the good times roll BB King
Surfing USA The Beach Boys
Three Little Birds Bob Marley
Got my mojo working Muddy Waters
Sunny Boney M
Hey ya Outcast
Moving on up M People
I believe in a thing called love The Darkness
1812 Overture Tchaikovsky
Take your Mama Scissor Sisters
Sexy Dancer Prince

Happy listening and most of all happy dancing!


Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 10:44am

Berrrrrrrrrrrrrrrilliant! If anyone else is on Spotify and would like to connect, I believe we can share playlists??? Mine is growing as a result of your inputs! Very thankful, L'x

Jul Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 11:42am

Thought of another one which transports me (right into your arms..Lex ) Stars by Simply Red. Roll on July the 20th when I will be in Lucca where SR are headlining the Summer arts festival. Jules xx

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 11:46am

Ah the power of association - I associate that one with my ex!!! Oh dear, time for a reframe to redeem a good song! L'x

Carol Anne Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 11:54am

Spot on as always Lex. Music has such a powerful way of igniting things in my brain - I'm often surprised by how vivid my memories can be. Things I had no recollection of suddenly play out before me. That can either lift or lower my mood. But for motivation, to help get me in the zone, there's nothing better than a music blast.

Have a great day. Thanks for all yr wonderful posts on moodscope.

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 12:02pm

Thanks, Carol Anne - and thank you for the Facebook post too. It would be great for us Moodscopers to get and give value through the free platforms there are out there. The Spotify playlist grows - and you can all find and share with me on Spotify as 'Lex McKee' - let's connect and boogy! L'x

Skyblue Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 12:27pm

Hi Lex, I love what you've done here today!! Like a lot of people here, music is the background of my life. All kinds. I always marvel at the Desert Island Disc guests' abilities to do the task. But to choose one for today, I'm with Bear on her suggestion of Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' to get the positive energy moving on up. Thanks for a fun Saturday wakeup. xx

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 6:40pm

Be happy, stay happy, spread happy, Dear Skyblue... you made my Sky Blue and clear today. L'x

Nicole Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 4:12pm

For getting over a breakup - "Life Goes On" by Leanne Rimes

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 6:39pm

Ooooo, always got time for some Leanne Rimes. Great shout, Nicole. L'x

Nicole Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 4:12pm

For getting over a breakup - "Life Goes On" by Leanne Rimes

Maria Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 4:15pm

Hi Lex - Thank you for a wonderful blog, and thanks to everyone else for their suggestions. I'm currently going through a physical difficulty and "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley has been my personal mantra.

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 6:40pm

Our Bob has left such a positive legacy, hasn't he? Such a blessing to so many. L'x

The Gardener Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 6:18pm

I returned bouyed up, strong, ready to face life and deal with it - my moodscope has nose-dived with my spirits. Back to Mr G shutting all doors - no draught allowed - have hidden electric fire - I feel absolutely in prison - he apparently walked pretty well in respite - kissed all the nurses several times on leaving - back home, started in on me within 10 minutes. Ok, nurses are absolutely super - their job is to give him confidence - still regards respite as a good hotel with no nagging wife. Oooh, heck. If somebody could get me a disc of the Birdies song I could play it then take it in the road and jump on it. I shall play something I'm sure nobody has every heard of - a 'one hit wonder', Drupi, Italian, Vado Via (I am leaving). But I danced to it under the Sicilian stars 30 or more years ago, having abandoned the 3 younger children with the seamstress opposite - no common language and one of our girls got locked in the loo - I have never quite got to the bottom of how she got out. Perhaps the donkey opposite was used to kick the door down

Lex Sat, Jul 9th 2016 @ 6:45pm

That's what I love, Dear Gardener - more European treasures. I found your Drupi on Spotify - the right track too - and can imagine dancing under the Sicilian Stars. I trade you Eros Ramazzotti, from Stilelibero, "Lo Spirito Degli Alberi" - my spinning around music. L'x

Eva Sun, Jul 10th 2016 @ 12:54am

Thanks Leah, great idea, and thanks Jonathan for einaudi, I have found it very hard to listen to music since losing FIL and dad, too emotional, but I am just starting to dabble again here and there and new music without association is good for now. In the past Cold Ethyl by Alice Cooper always made me laugh, and I like a bit of Iron Maiden, sabbath or judas priest to shake things up a bit or to relax to (they have all produced some beautiful ballads).

Lex Mon, Jul 11th 2016 @ 4:47pm

At last, someone else who can relax to a bit of hard rock... and finds some of it funny. I find Rammstein has a real 'feel good' factor, but not many people understand that! Du Hast? L'x

Eva Sun, Jul 10th 2016 @ 12:57am

Sorry predictive text changed Lex to Leah! (but hi leah ) New phone!
thank you Lex!

Eva Sun, Jul 10th 2016 @ 12:57am

Sorry predictive text changed Lex to Leah! (but hi leah ) New phone!
thank you Lex!

Lex Mon, Jul 11th 2016 @ 4:48pm

Love it, I'm ambidextrose anyway (i.e. I like two sugars) L'xx

Milliecat Sun, Jul 10th 2016 @ 12:21pm

Hi Lex - thank you for this - some great tracks. i am not on spotify but tend to use Itunes...i am thinking that most of my favourtie songs are the ones that make me cry and really connect with for ones that cheer me up i think that Bob Marley is just the ticket..sad and happy. My other love is Tim Booth from James - just his voice can soothe me, help me release some pain and tears and then have a right good jump about. Thank you again for the ideas and i am going to check out some of the tunes i dont know.

Lex Mon, Jul 11th 2016 @ 5:05pm

Thank you, Milliecat. I'm off to check out Tim Booth. L'x

toni Sun, Jul 10th 2016 @ 7:25pm

Tub thumping by Chumbawumba "I Get knocked down but I get up again, they're never gonna keep me down" - a must when I feel the world is against me
"I Am What I am", Gloria Gaynor - got me through my teens!
"Alive" J-Lo
"I Hope you Dance", Lee-Anne Womack
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"

Lex Mon, Jul 11th 2016 @ 5:06pm

Fab, Toni, thank you! L'x [And you've got one of my all time faves there in "I Hope You Dance".

Sal Sat, Jul 30th 2016 @ 8:41am

Something Inside So Strong, Labi Siffre. Love it! Energising, life-enhancing, makes me smile ... Thanks Lex.

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