Last week, I learned that Neurowear launched a set of headphone about a year ago that scans your brainwaves and matches music on your iPod to your mood. As border-line creepy as that sounds to me, it’s just the next step from websites like Moodstream and Musicovery that play music based on whether you’re feeling happy, sad, calm, dark, lively, inspired, positive, creative, or pretty much any other mood you like.
I have genres or playlists that I’ll turn to for different moods, but I also have specific songs that I like to play for specific feelings. Is this just me? Or do you have a song you play every time you’re sad? A favorite song to match a happy mood? What about songs that help you deal with anger?
You know that feeling when you’re angry and you know you shouldn’t be, but you still need to do something with those feelings? That’s when I sing these songs. I feel much better afterwards and it means I’m not taking out my anger on anyone else, so they’re happy (although I have been told it’s creepy to witness).
No Good Deed — from Wicked (Idina Menzel)
Mordred’s Lullaby — Heather Dale
Blown Away — Carrie Underwood
These songs are like a pat on the back or a hug when I need reassurance. I listen to them when I’m feeling down and want to move out of that mood.
Everything is Fine — Josh Turner
Little Miss — Sugarland
You Are Loved — Josh Groban
Sub-category for when I’m discouraged about being single:
As Fast As I Could — Josh Turner
These songs are for sadness that I want to enjoy. It’s the “sad is happy for deep people” feeling rather than being sad for a reason that makes you not want to be sad any more.
Wine After Whiskey — Carrie Underwood
September — Daughtry
Katie — Celtic Thunder /Colm Keegan (which I’m afraid there’s no video for, but you can hear a clip)
These are the songs I play when I want to feel like I’m fearless and I can do anything.
Defying Gravity — from Wicked (Idina Menzel)
Wide Open — Jason Aldean
I Stand — Idina Menzel
I was trying to think up songs for this category, and my sister said, “Don’t you sing One Direction when you’re happy?” As embarrassing as that may be, yes I do. I’ve whittled it down to just one song from them, though.
What Makes You Beautiful — One Direction
Nil Se’n La — Celtic Woman
Since “Waiting For Superman” didn’t quite fit in with the happy or the melancholy songs, I’ve added this category.
Waiting For Superman — Daughtry
Wedding Day — Casting Crowns
This Is The Moment — from Jekyll and Hyde (Robert Cuccioli)
I play these songs when I want to relax and I’m trying to encourage a peaceful feeling. They’re usually the first songs I play, then I move on to a playlist of related songs and artists. Or I listen to instrumental music with dolphins.
Hero — Il Divo
So She Dances — Josh Groban
These are my favorite stand-in-awe of God songs.
Blessed Be Your Name — Robin Mark
Who Am I — Casting Crowns
In Christ Alone — Keith and Kristyn Getty
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Marissa, I see you like the song “Blessed Be Your Name” by Robin Mark. A few years ago, I made an instrumental accompaniment for that song, for hymn-singing in church. My (then) wife was crazy about Robin Mark. More recently, the choir in Montreal UCG did the song for special music, with that accompaniment. I do rather like the song; it soars. I have a dream to get a few people together and record vocals over the accompaniments (I made a bunch of them over time for various hymns), with harmonies. The singers in our church choir have difficulty singing harmonies.
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Sounds lovely — I hadn’t thought about using it as a choir piece.