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How Music Can Change One’s Mood in a Split Second

This past week, as I was out for the once-per-week, masked, sanitized, and respectfully socially-distanced grocery store run, I had one of those moments that have become all too familiar.

As I turned my king-sized grocery cart around a corner, I was disappointed to see someone going in the wrong direction, completely contrary to the arrows on the ground. I asked myself, after 13 months of Covid-19, have we not gotten the choreography down yet?

But before the cranky old man within me had a chance to fully surface and irritate me for the rest of the grocery run, the grocery store’s speaker system launched into the first notes of Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up the Sun”.

As I started humming along (hey, if there’s only 25 people allowed in the store at one time, I can softly hum with a smile under my mask) my mood instantly changed and the non-compliant grocery shopper was already deleted from my consciousness.

When you review the lyrics, it’s not like “Soak Up the Sun” is one of the cheeriest songs ever written, but the chorus, the music and its associated music video convey to me a certain lightness and free-spiritedness that have often helped me let go of some of the little irritants in life.

Have you ever noticed how songs seem to have that power over us, to – please forgive the cliché – turn a frown upside down? And have you ever been in a situation where you are driving around, enjoying a string of one good song after another, and actually hoping for red lights to slow down your commute to enjoy the tunes?

Much like with “Soak Up the Sun”, it doesn’t always have to be about uplifting lyrics, sometimes it can be all about the music itself and a skillful arrangement that just strikes the right notes to raise ones spirits or even better, to energize. Continue reading

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Mr. (Over) Sensitivity

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTo the people who might consider me annoyingly cheerful, seemingly upbeat and positive all of the time, I offer the following rebuttal: What goes up must come down.

I will break from the man code and admit it out loud… I am a grown man who has the ability to cry.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not the type who cries at the drop of a hat at the sight of rainbows, puppies or kittens. Nor do I fall to pieces and burst into tears at times when I am nervous or stressed. The fact is that I am pretty solid most of the time. However, by most peoples’ standards I am weird when it comes to when and where tears might happen.

The best part is that with the exception of #7, these are not very serious situations, so the tears are often accompanied with laughter given how my remote control button for tears comes on at the strangest and sometimes funniest times.

Either way, a pattern seems to have emerged and interestingly enough, most have a connection to music. Here they are, the top 10 tearjerker moments for me:

10) The Movie “Pretty Woman”
I saw it in the theatre three times and if I remember correctly, I teared up all three times. I am a sucker for a happy ending. Continue reading

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