Music – Its far reaching affects

Dear Fellow Journalers,

As I write this post, I am listening to the album entitled “The Man from Snowy River ” from the movie of the same name. The songs mostly remind me of horses which is mainly what the plot is about.

Anyway, I wondered how music affected us and after some  research discovered that even though we know that music is a big part of our lives, we react to it in many different ways. For instance, moderate noise levels are the best for creativity. Too much noise makes it impossible to get anything done. You’ve all heard the expression ” can’t hear the sound of my own voice”. Well, you can’t think through a problem with too much background music either.

Another interesting thought is how our music choices predict our personality. The study I read concentrated on 5 traits: openness to experience, being agreeable, being a conscientious person and emotional stability. So, for example, classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative and at ease. Country Western music fans are hard-working and outgoing. Soul fans are creative and gentle.

Music affects how we feel. If you listen to music on the car radio and the station plays a song from your past, you may remember the words but even if you don’t your memory of events will kick in. The song “I go back” from Kenny Chesney is so appropriate here.

Music can affect us when we exercise. Ever wonder what people are listening to when walking on the Stairmaster? The rhythmic speed of music influences your performance. For instance, if you’re taking a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood you might want to listen to soothing music in your ear and not something fast-paced. The tempo, researchers suggest should be between 120-140 beats per minute or BPM.

The best music for writing is very subjective. Some people have been listening to classical music others to their own favorites for years so much so that they scarcely hear the lyrics anymore. My advice? Try both and judge for yourself. Just don’t forget the earphones!


A list of favorites

Dear Fellow Journalers,

One of the suggested pages in a Music Journal is a list of your favorite music. If you’re an owner of a tablet or a subscriber to a app, you know it’s easy to keep track of the music you like to listen to and play it at a moment’s notice. As promised, the below is a list of my favorites. Oh, and by the way,  Mary Beth has weighed in also.

~Sallie’s Favorites~

Acapella –       any song by “Straight no Chasers”

Christian –      “All are Welcome” by Marty Haugen, “Beyond the Moon and Stars” and “Here I am Lord” both by Dan Schutte

Christmas – any

Country – ” Old Blue Chair” by Kenney Chesney

Irish –         “The Patriot Game” and “I’m a free born man of the traveling people” by Liam Clancy and any others by Clancy Brothers

Movie themes – “Magnificent Seven”, “Rudy”, “Quigley Down Under”

Nature –         Ocean and forest sounds

TV opening and closing credits – Bonanza, Laramie and Airwolf

~Mary Beth~

Christian – Go tell it on the Mountain”

Christmas -any

Country – any from John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary

Music Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Do you listen to music while you work? What type of music do you listen to when you’re sad? How many times a day do you practice an instrument? Some of these questions pop up when you start researching the topic of music journaling. Now it’s long been believed that music changes behavior and mood., but did you know that music can reduce physical pain as well?

The different types of music genre (romantic, spiritual, fast-paced, rock and more) stimulate the brain functions. We all know that listening to happy songs make us feel happier and that upbeat get us tapping our feet to the beat.

A Music Journal can be many things -a record of favorite songs, practice dates, or a general study of how much music affects you.

Today’s post is an interactive one. In order to continue this series, I need your help. Below is a list of music genre (not complete, by any means). Just go down the list and write down your favorite song/hymn next to the genre. Then email me or comment. Next week we’ll tackle some questions about what you really hear when you listen to music.

Country, Classical, Rock and Roll, Nature, Motion Picture themes (Romance, Western, Drama), TV shows, Christian, Christmas, Dance, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Children, Opera, Electronic, Popular, Romance.

Happy listening,


P.S. My next post will have a list of my favorites and the writers of this blog.



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