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Hip Joint: Music Impacts Your Mood

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Music has a powerful ability to trigger memories because it is closely linked to emotions and the brain’s limbic system, which is involved in memory formation and retrieval. When we hear a song associated with a specific time, place, emotion or person, it can evoke vivid memories and transport us back to those moments, making them feel more present. This phenomenon is often referred to as “music-evoked autobiographical memory.”

Music can have a positive impact on mental health. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and can also improve mood and overall well-being for many people. However, the effectiveness of music in improving health can vary from person to person, and the type of music preferred can also play a role. Some find classical or calming music soothing while others benefit from more upbeat or energetic styles. Ultimately, the relationship between music and mental health is complex and can depend on individual preferences and circumstances.

Music encourages people to “get their groove on” to start dancing, let loose or reminisce and feel the energy of the moment. We asked several local residents to share some of their favorite songs. A few of them may take you back to a special moment in time. Others might inspire your curiosity. Google the tunes, or check out YouTube music to have a listen. 

Dan Israel – Age 62, Atlantic Beach

  • One of These Nights, Eagles
  • Try A Little Tenderness, Otis Redding
  • Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
  • Georgy Porgy, Toto
  • Always Gonna Be You, Mike Reid

Earlene Williams – Age 71, Northside

  • Oh Girl, The Chi-Lites
  • Midnight Train to Georgia, Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Gotta Give it Up, Marvin Gaye
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin
  • In the Midnight Hour, Wilson Pickett

Sharon Coleman – Age 69, Fruit Cove

  • Danny’s Song, Loggins & Messina
  • Lowdown, Boz Skaggs
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
  • Some Kind of Wonderful, Grand Funk Railroad
  • Tennessee Whiskey, Chris Stapleton

Photo Credit: Wendy Wei

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