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Therapy. Have you ever been in therapy? Have you ever really thought about that word, the actual definition or all the different kinds of therapy? What is your honest opinion of therapy?
One of the biggest myths about therapy is that a lot of people believe that therapy is only for people with serious mental issues. Simply not true!
I am going to discuss a little about therapy and some different types, then explain why music is my kind of therapy.
What is therapy, really?
I found many different definitions for therapy because there are so many types of therapy. One part of the definitions seemed to be consistent throughout. The following quote was taken from an article By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on the Psych Central website.
“process focused on helping you heal and learn more constructive ways to deal with the problems or issues within your life. “
The problems or issues within your life could be stress, anxiety, depression or trauma. Any number of other issues can cause the issues I just listed, and sometimes we become overwhelmed. We can often times find ways on our own to help soothe our souls and relieve our stress, but when we can’t, then we need to reach out for help.
Types of therapy
Psychotherapy, better known as talk therapy or counseling is the most well-known type of therapy. There are numerous other types also, such as
- Art Therapy
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Family Counseling
- Marriage Counseling
- Music Therapy
There are way too many more types than I can possibly list here, but you can see a more complete list here with more information.
Music is my kind of therapy
Music of any kind has always moved me. Music just speaks to my soul! Starting with the gospel hymns when I was a toddler in church, the music made me want to dance and clap. My parents listened to country music and I had an aunt that loved Elvis and the more hip-hop type of music from the 1950s. As a child, I grew up listening to all of the above-mentioned music and loved all of it.
Being that my parents listened to country music, that was the main genre that was played in our house while I was growing up. I would even say that country music is still my overall favorite genre.
However, being born in the early 1960s and a teenager in the 1970s, I really love rock music from that era, as well as some disco. The Bee Gees are forever at the top of my favorites list as well as Aerosmith!
But isn’t country music depressing?
I hear a lot of people say that country music is always depressing, talking about break-ups, getting drunk or losing your dog. Country music is so much more. I can find a country song for almost any mood that I happen to be in at the moment.
Of course, as I said I dearly love my old time Rock N Roll and there are days that all I want to listen to is the Oldies. But Country is normally my genre of choice.
There are times when I’m sad, but I need to just go on and have a good cry, you know those kinds of days, well there’s always a song for that! Or when I just want to reminisce then I have a list of songs that remind me of good times or certain people, so that playlist makes me feel good. I’m Gonna Move That Mountain by Reba is my go-to feel-good song.
And when I’m happy, yeah, country music even has some happy songs! Mostly the country genre is packed full of good dance songs and I do love to dance. Even dancing alone around the kitchen in my sock feet puts me in a great mood, and it’s good exercise too! If you don’t believe me, try keeping up to the line dance to Copperhead Road by Steve Earl! Stay with it until it speeds up!
Some of my favorite country artists
At the top of my list will always be George Strait, the King of Country. I love all of his songs, and even the ones on his albums that were not released on the radio. He never disappoints me with a song.
As with Rock N Roll, I love the older songs and artists of country music too, such as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Conway Twitty. Patsy Cline and Reba McIntire are my two favorite female artists.
Many true country music fans now are saying that most of the newer country artists are not producing “real” country music. It has been called “Nashville Country” because a lot of it leans a little more toward a hip-hop sound. New country music is losing the old “twang”, most of it doesn’t have a fiddle or steel guitar in the band, two of the signature sounds of original country music.
There is a whole category of country music classified as Texas Red Dirt Music that’s made up of artists that produce music with a sound closer to the original country. Aaron Watson started out in this classification, touring Texas playing in honky-tonks and earning the nickname The Honky Tonk Kid. Aaron continues touring and putting on concerts throughout the United States now and putting out albums, doing his own thing in his own style without signing with a major label because he doesn’t want a producer telling him what kind of sound he needs to produce, or what kind of image he needs to portray. He’s an amazing artist sticking to his roots! Aaron is another artist of whom I love all his music, every song on every album!
My favorites list of new country artists
So I’ve given you general lists of older artists that I will always enjoy, but here’s a more specific list of my current favorite country artists:
- Eric Church– he’s not a new artist, as he’s been around for more than 10 years and has released 6 studio albums to date. I love his ‘sound’. He has a lot of songs that I can relate to the lyrics of while also really getting into the melody and beat! A couple of my favorites include Some of it, Monsters, and Smoke a Little Smoke.
- Midland– A newer country music band that formed in 2016 in Dripping Springs, Texas. New to the scene with the “old” authentic country music sound. The sound I love and can’t get enough of, this is the sound I learned to dance to, the type of song that keeps you twirling around the saw-dust covered dance floors. They have not recorded a song yet that I do not like, so to list my favorite songs of theirs I would have to list them all. So I’ll limit it to my top two which would have to be Drinkin’ Problem and Mr. Lonely.
- Jon Pardi– This is another artist that it’s hard to call him a new artist because he’s been active in music since 2012, but only recently started hitting the charts in a major way. Like Midland, Pardi puts out that old authentic sound that I love so much! I hope he stays around for a while, and I think he will if his popularity is judged by the way his songs keep climbing the charts! A couple of my favorites of Pardi’s include Heartache Medication and Dirt on my Boots.
- Morgan Waller– This is a guy to watch out for if you like country music! He definitely is considered new to the scene as he has only released four singles: “The Way I Talk“, “Up Down“, which features Florida Georgia Line, “Whiskey Glasses“, and his current single “Chasin’ You“. Yet he is already being called “Country music’s newest superstar”
One artist that really touches me
I’ve given you different types of therapy and how music is like therapy to me. I’ve talked about how much I love all kinds of music and the different genres that I enjoy. I even listed my all-time favorite artists as well as my new favorites with links to some of their songs I really like a lot.
So now I want to tell you about one artist that always touches me, she actually speaks to my heart and soothes my soul. No matter what kind of mood I am in when I hear this lady sing I can totally and completely get into her songs. I connect with her and her music, it feels as if she wrote her songs just for me and whatever is going on in my life. Her music comforts me because I can so easily relate her songs to my life. Ironically there seems to be a Miranda Lambert song for just about any situation or emotion in my life. Below is a list of some of her songs that could really be about me/my life and I honestly relate to:
- The House that Built Me
- Heart Like Mine
- Mama’s Broken Heart
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (when I was younger)
- Tin Man
- We Should Be Friends
- Famous in a Small Town
- Over You
- Runnin’ Just In Case
That’s how music soothes my soul
There you have it! That’s how music affects me, how it calms me, relaxes me and soothes my soul. Music can help me let my sad emotions out instead of keeping them locked up and weighing me down or music can lift me up and make me feel good!
What is your best kind of therapy? What helps you de-stress or relax? How do you feel about music? Is music something you enjoy? Leave me a comment, let me know what kinds of music you enjoy. What’s your go-to feel-good music?
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Until next time,