Whip It – My Music Is Therapy

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You must whip it 

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When I saw the prompt I was a bit stumped – I know about the existence of music as a form of therapy but have I ever experienced it? I pondered the subject a little more, visiting Jae’s introductory page & reading her prompt which made me realise that it’s always been therapy to me, just in an informal way.


I listen to music often, in recent years my car is the place I’m most likely to do it, driving to the shops or work or the long journey to my dad’s. I used to visit him weekly which gave me 90 minutes each way of radio time. This kept my ‘hand in’ with modern artists and music trends but also allowed my mind the freedom to wander and think, in a way it cannot do if I’m scrolling through social media


Classical music can make me grumpy! Controversial statement, and not entirely true = I haven’t really explored it, given time I’m sure I’d find what kind of music lifts my soul. So far I’ve only found things which grate, too shrill with the violins, too heavy and funereal. A voice in my head says “you’re such a heathen if you can’t see the beauty in this” which makes me feel irritable.

Talking to Eve the other day (as she prepared to write a post) she was so passionate about Beethoven and his sonatas. I wanted to be transported as she so evidently is, but it feels like a foreign language, a closed door to me. I’ve a vague memory that Handel’s water music brought me joy when it was played at school – I must investigate.


So my own therapy, gleaned from music, is often a trip down memory lane. I’ll seek out music that reminds me of another time, when my mindset was different. I’ve had loads of fun listening to the 1970s playlist I created after writing a recent post, basking in memories of long hot summers and reflecting on my gradual transition from enjoying simple love songs to those with darker lyrics.


Songs from the ‘80s are a touchstone to my late teens/early twenties, attending parties, dancing in clubs, make up and break up songs. I’ve created several soundtracks on Spotify to suit my mood – some uplifting others thoughtful, the latter type is played when I’m writing. 


In the car (which still takes a casette of CDs) I might put on ABBA Gold and belt out Waterloo or Does Your Mother Know to be reminded of less complicated times. If I play early Bryan Adams songs my  thoughts turn to meeting my man and falling in love. Listening to the Scissor Sisters takes me back to when my car was new and my youngest, strapped into a child booster seat, sang along. One family holiday, when my eldest child had developed their own taste in music, listening to Mum or Dad’s music was deemed likely to melt their ears. For that week we all listened to early Skrillex and deadmau5 on repeat – I still love Bangarang.

I have ‘housework songs’: tunes where I crank up the volume to listen. These make me feel cheered even when I’m doing something less than fun. Wham! are great for this: Wake me Up & Everything She Wants. Try these songs when you’re hoovering, mopping, polishing, washing dishes or decluttering.


I like the term fight-song, it encapsulates the music therapy invoked when a track helps you pull yourself together, put on your game face in order to feel strong and tough in the face of adversity. A few of my favourites in this genre are:  Good as Hell, Here Comes the Hotstepper, The Girls, Shine, Shoulda Woulda Coulda, Livin’ on a Prayer.

I’m inspired to make myself a playlist right now, a selection of songs which help me rally, (because I’m getting stressed at work). Motivational music forms part of the ‘visualisation’ process widely embraced by the sports industry in recent years. Shaping our mindset to focus on a positive / strong / fast / determined / focused version of ourselves is proven to help with our performance. Take an ‘emotional intelligence’  tip from the athletes – if you’re trying to bounce back from a break-up or psych yourself up for an interview or something which feels confrontational, listening to music which makes you feel ‘pumped up’ is likely to help you comport yourself in a positive way.








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27 thoughts on “Whip It – My Music Is Therapy”

  1. I get it. I only really listened to music on my daily commute. At home I am too easily distracted by doing “something” instead of just listening. Sadly you do not enjoy Beethoven but that is ok. My taste in music swings from “i love this so much” to “that is some kind of CIA torture” with little in between 😉

    (I allowed myself to correct the link in your comment, it was still the preview link…hope that is okay)

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting (of course editing the link is OK – I am grateful) I agree about some kind of music feeling like torture. I must try harder with Beethoven and other composers, I’m probably missing out.

  2. This is a brilliant post Posy, I love the effect music has on the mood of others, and I’m going to trawl through your shared tunes. Some I know, others I don’t recognise.

    You mentioned not having explored classical music. I wanted to share a short (1 minute) video that inspired me to take up the cello. https://youtu.be/elMQ33hQVj4

    (Don’t feel you have to listen, but it makes me smile)

    Thank you for linking up to Mindful Moments

    1. Aww bless you Barefoot, I have a lot of fun weaving my music into a thinking piece. Glad you’re going to delve deeper – I’m much older than you so our music tastes/references will differ. I shall check out that link, but I cannot read music so unlikely to take up playing!! Great that you did though xx

  3. So funny that classical music makes you grumpy! 😋

    ‘Classical’ has become a catch-all term for nearly all instrumental music, but there actually was a classical *period* — I prefer baroque and modern, though it entirely depends on my mood.

    Beethoven — meh.

    Bach’s short piano music makes me smile — inventions, precludes & figure — mostly because I played them myself when I studied piano. Otherwise, I like “fun” symphonies like Peter & The Wolf by Prokofiev -or- “different” compositions, like those created by Alan Hovhaness.



    : laugh :

    A lot of your “feel good” music is familiar to me; it’s been a while since I created a playlist, maybe I will work on a “feel good” song list soon. 🙂

    1. Thanks Mrs Fever – you’re right, that’s a lazy term I used. But I should investigate for compositions I can get pleasure from – I’ll try what you recommend. I’ll be interested to hear about your feel good list when you create it. xx

      1. Oh, not at all — it’s a very common term, it’s just odd to me, because it’s like saying Abba and Metallica are from the same era or perform in the same genre. Uhmmm… Nope! *laugh*

    2. OMG, Autocorrect is RIDICULOUS.

      That’s supposed to say PRELUDES and FUGUES.


      Don’t go looking for “precludes & figures” — there’s no such thing.


      1. Ha Ha – without my glasses on I didn’t know, I saw what I expected to see! Perhaps my eyes are adjusting to autocorrect! Yikes! I do remember loving a modern version of Tocata a Fuge in F (I think – has a very majestic organ solo at the outset)

  4. Great post, Posy 😊
    I like the big spectrum of music you chose and to which you have memories to. I agree completely agree with ‘Living on a Prayer’. That’s indeed a great song for during chores 🙂

  5. You have reminded me how much I used to enjoy making playlists and compilations. I actually do like some classical but I what I would choose would depend on whether or not I wanted background or something to get lost in. Missy x

    1. Y’see missy – I knew you had more culture than me! But yep the music apps make playlist creation child’s play! Hope you do, and hope you share. x

  6. There was a time that I listened to music a lot, but nowadays I just let it play on the radio, and listen to whatever comes along. Maybe I should get back to music listening again 🙂
    ~ Marie xox

  7. Music absolutely can affect my mood. I have playlists for this very thing. It also seems to define certain periods of my life. As I flip through CDs that we still have, I can see fads and long loves when it comes to bands or music styles. I may have to write to this prompt.

    1. We are cut from the same cloth then Brigit. I find this meme very inspirational given how intertwined my creativity is with music.

  8. Lately, I only listen to music in the car. This is exactly the place where I can listen to what I want and how I want. Where no one distracts and discusses my musical tastes. So a car is a means of transportation, a music salon, a spa, and just a place of solitude. It is a pity that now you have to travel less often.

    1. Absolutely Lisa – when I had to work from home when lockdown began, I realised I was hardly listening to any music, so I consciously made a change.Love the idea of Car as spa!!

  9. I loved your lists of music Posy. That’s the beauty of music therapy, it can be whatever helps you.

    I grew up on classical and I played cello, violin and marimba. I have to say that Bach’s Concerto in D minor is one of my favorites. I don’t listen to it much now, but I do listen to a lot of modern instrumentals, specifically piano (less screechy lol). Classical isn’t for everyone and if it makes you grumpy then I wouldn’t force it.

    I have a “cleaning” music list as well, I chuckled reading that you have one. I blare the 80s hair bands and scrub away. It really does help.

    1. That’s good advice bout the classical Jae, and I’ll look into Bach.
      Yes indeed, the 80’s hair bands would be just the ticket for cleaning energy!

  10. All people love music. But everyone likes different music. Each melody is like a tuning fork. If it is in tune with the soul, then it is pleasant. If not, then no. But a tuning fork soul can change its tone depending on different circumstances that accompany our life. And then we may like other music that most closely matches the current state of a particular person.

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