Whether you’re an fan of music or play and instrument or both, music probably plays a massive part in your life and on your mood. Whether you realise it or not music has the power to shift our emotions within seconds of listening to a song. A lot of this could be to do with memories we associate with certain music or the rhythm and genre of what we listen to.
Music has actually been proven to help people with Alzheimer’s due to memory and even people with neurological disorders, so it must be pretty powerful on our minds!
Music therapy itself is a well-recognised form of therapy for a reason and is recommend in the NICE guidelines for mental health. It helps increase our social functioning and transform our brains in the same way mindfulness can. It can help with memory, mood, our thinking patterns, how we react to life events and it stimulates the mind helping us to focus.
Whether it’s classical you enjoy or heavy metal, it doesn’t matter. The great thing about music and any art medium is that it’s all down to perception and interpretation. A song that makes you really happy and at peace could make someone else feel excited and ready to take on the word.
At the centre, we asked various members, mentors and staff what their go to band or artist is when feeling low. Here are a few recommendations from members and mentors at The Open Door:
Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine
Radiohead – No Surprises
The Cure – Friday I’m in Love
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
Enigma – Mea Culpa
Enya – May it Be
Hazel English – Never Going Home
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
The War on Drugs – In Reverse
Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried
David Bowie – Heroes