I love music so much. It really doesn’t matter what genre but I prefer the oldies. Songs take us back to an exact moment in time. The song, Summer Breeze, by Seals & Crofts, takes me back to being at our city pool when I was probably 7-8 years old. I remember sitting on the side of the pool, waiting for the 15 minutes break time to be up. Did your city pool do that? They made everyone get out of the water for a 15-minute rest period. We could get a drink and a snack and just regroup for a bit. Once that 15 minutes was up and the life guards blew the whistle, game on again. Everyone jumped back in the pool. So every time I hear that song, my mind goes there. One of the first things I do when working around the house is turn on my music. And, since I have a lot of fall content coming up, I decided to make a Spotify playlist for fall of all oldie songs to get me in the mood for decorating. I’ve been really enjoying it. And, I wanted to share it with all of you.
This is just a sample of all of the oldies songs on my playlist for fall. You can play the snippets above to see what it is about. And, if you want to listen to all of the songs and follow it, you can do that here. I find it realaxing.
And, I can also hear each individual instrument and the words all separately but at the same time. I can’t describe it. Some music even gives me goosebumps and some songs can make me cry. I can remember the words of most songs even if I haven’t heard them for years. Also… new songs can be played around 3 times and if I love it, I will have almost all of the words memorized. The song plays over and over in my head while I sleep until I get them correct. Ha! Oh…. and I also have a song going through my head all hours of the day including night time. If I hear a great song, I wake up singing it. My two biological girls are the same way.
Music releases dopamine in some people and to be honest, I couldn’t live without it. If I had to choose only one of the following…. listening to music or watching television for the rest of my life, it would be music in a split second.
I found this interesting…..
“Research has found that when a subject listens to music that gives them the chills, it triggers a release of dopamine to the brain. And if you don’t know, dopamine is a kind of naturally occurring happy chemical we receive as part of a reward system. Now here’s the really interesting part: Dopamine is not only released during peak musical moments but also when we anticipate those moments. It’s like our brain is rewarding us for knowing a really great chorus is just about to hit!?
The benefits of music therapy include improved heart rate, reduced anxiety, stimulation of the brain, and can even lower cortisol levels. I have spoken to several people throughout the years on social media. And, I will never forget one of the conversations that I had. I share lots of music from the 70s-80s on my stories. She told me that she and her husband listened to the same songs that I share. He had passed away a few years before. She told me that she hadn’t been able to listen to any of those songs anymore because she was too heartbroken. But, when she listened to them on our stories, they created new experiences for her. And, she realized that she needed to listen to those songs to heal her heart. They are no longer only associated with her husband, but our account.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m sad, it helps when I listen to sad songs. Ha! That makes no sense to me, but it’s true. The sadder the song, the better I begin to feel. And, if I am supposed to go out and meet friends, I get myself in the mood by playing fast upbeat songs and it gets me going. As you can see, I am highly affected by songs. Are you that way?
Here are a few more of my playlists if you love the 70s and 80s songs. I personally think they are the best!
Follow along and listen to the 1970s playlist here. It is over 10 1/2 hours long.
Follow my 1980s playlist here. This one is almost 10 hours long.