The Irrational Mind

Mood Music: Music Therapy

Music is powerful. It’s an art form that has existed as long as humans have walked the earth, uniting cultures and spreading therapy

It is so powerful, in fact, that music therapy is used to treat many ailments, including mental illness.

The aim of therapy is to help people with mental illness,
including serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia or like illnesses) to develop relationships
and to address issues they may not be able to using words alone. MT sessions include the use of
active music making, music listening, and discussion. MT includes both individual and group

Potential benefits include:


  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Improved self-image/Increased self-esteem
  • Decreased anxiety/agitation
  • Increased verbalization
  • Enhanced interpersonal relationships
  • Improved group cohesiveness
  • Increased motivation
  • Successful and safe emotional release

Your teenager can probably relate.

Since the advent of iPods and other MP3 players, many millenials have been attached to their music in a way that wasn’t previously possible. Censor their music choice and they’ll yell about the First Amendment and their freedom of expression.

Hey wait, you probably remember doing that yourself. With your Walkman, your eight-track tapes, your AM radio, your record player, your phonograph…yeah, this isn’t a new phenomenon.

Some of the music that helped me most during my angsty teenage years is still some of my favorite to listen to now when I’m in a funk: Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, and other alternative-ish rock.

My favorite album for when I am in any type of mood is Carbon Leaf’s Indian Summer (which I am listening to as I write this).

Before time takes each year, like a knife cuts it clear
It’s school, then work and then life that just sharpens the blade
I think about time for fun
I think about time for play
Then I think about being done, with no resume
With no one left to blame
What about fortune and fame?
What about your love to obtain?
What about the ring?
What about….

What about everything?

Share some of your favorite artists/lyrics that you listen to when you’re in a bad mood in the comments!

One thought on “Mood Music: Music Therapy

  1. Dan

    Often times I prefer instrumental music, because listening to lyrics and voices can be distracting. One of my favorite instrumental pieces to listen to is Phillip Glass’ Sympony No. 4. It’s entitled “Heroes” and is inspired by David Bowie’s album of the same name. I’m not a huge classical person, but this is one piece that I can turn on and play in my headphones. It’s light and airy and it just flows through my mind while leaving me able to focus on whatever I’m working on.

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