I looked at ways to use music to improve mental health, last week with Listening to music 🎶 .
Have you had a chance to try out some of the suggestions?
“New music “
I’ve tried listening to new tracks by similar artists I usually listen to and found some good music.
An interesting way of finding new music tracks is by listening to radio programmes.
My favourite is Desert Island Discs broadcast on BBC radio 4. It introduces different celebrities each week who select their favourite tracks and talk about why they selected them. It’s fascinating to hear about their life and the importance of the music they share. At the end of the program they are ‘cast away’ on a desert island with their eight selected tracks a book and luxury item.
Creating a playlist
Selecting music tracks to create a personal playlist ensures you can always find music to lift your mood when you’re feeling low. Most free music apps have the facility to access your favourite tracks. I’ve created several playlists using genres to group the music. My favourite is a classical selection. It does help to improve my concentration when I’m working on something. I’ve also created dance, rock and soul playlists.
Other genres that might be worth investigating include;
chart, radio, mood, wellness, chill, sleep and focus.
A podcast can be really helpful if you miss a program or show. They cover a huge range of music. Some great podcasts to check out include David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical podcast, which gives an introduction to classical music in a fun way, Popmaster Quiz with Ken Bruce, tests your music knowledge and the Worlds Best Rock Albums, reviews popular classic rock albums. If you’ve come across any worth checking out, let me know.