Does Music Change Your Mood?



Music is such a major part of my life. There is a type of music for any emotion. Music can soothe you, make you laugh, make you sad or bring back memories. When you hear a song from years gone by, it can trigger a lot of memories and emotion. Sometimes a song will take you back decades and you will have a vivid picture of exactly what you were doing when that song was playing.

Growing up in the 1950’s I was not allowed to listen to the pop music of the day as it was too ‘worldly.  I had a transistor radio with ear phones and would take it in my clothes closet and listen very quietly. I was in high school during the 1960s and my father certainly didn’t like the new rock music but realized I was listening to it anyway so as long as I didn’t have it blaring, it was o.k.

My husband and I watch music award shows religiously, i.e. American Idol and The X Factor. We crank the stereo up and enjoy the young talent. Some of the artists are remarkable and many others have little to offer. Usually the ones with the least amount of talent, think they have the most. What we find shocking are the ‘stars’ who have made it in this business and sing as guests on the shows. Often, they are a grave disappointment to the industry. It is more noise than music and we are thankful for a PVR to fast forward through the agony.

Growing up, almost all minister’s daughters were given piano and voice lessons and expected to participate in a variety of activities in this arena. Singing solos, singing in the choir, piano solos, playing for weddings and funerals – it was all part of the scenario. I am thankful that my parents pushed me to practice, practice and then practice some more.

I love most types of music but wouldn’t cross the street to listen to polka and most opera. There is music to satisfy everyone’s choices. I love Rhythm and Blues and the Oldies but Goodies.

When I drive, I only play Black Gospel and so loud that sometimes my SUV is rocking. It’s the way I like it, just like the kid I once was. I am thankful that my husband enjoys it as much as I do. My list of favorite gospel artists include Andre Crouch, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, J Moss, Amber Bullock, Fred Hammond and countless others.


When he was younger, my husband traveled the globe with a music group. He taught himself to play the keyboard, the drums and the bass guitar and had the opportunity to back up Elvis Presley as a studio musician. He can keep 11 different rhythms at the same time and it is hilarious to watch that transpire.

Then there are the times when I close my eyes and listen to a soft ballad or a love song that warms and comforts as nothing else can.
Anyone else out there like my style of music?



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Meet Carol Graham

Carol Graham has written 23 posts in this blog.

I am a wife, mother of two and grandmother of three. Family is of first importance, which includes many 4 legged members. Currently, I own and help operate two jewelry stores with my husband. My passion is being a health coach, which I have been doing for over 30 years. I survived cancer 40 years ago using alternative methods, which started me on the road to better health. Another great passion is public speaking. I am a motivational speaker that has much to share in the area of survival against all odds. I lived an intense life of outrageous traumatic events, always a fighter and a winner over cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child, huge financial losses from fraud and greed of others. I strongly believe that laughter will get you through almost anything. I have just finished my memoir - Battered Hope - which was released this past summer. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel – character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. Follow my family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for me to survive. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith.

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