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Top Ten Artists and the Moods They Evoke: Exploring the Power of Music in Therapy

Good afternoon,❤️❤️🥰🥰🌷💐🌺

It's me, Alison, once again, back with another awesome blog. I saw the next entry a few weeks ago, and the air elements within were like, "yikes." The question this week is, "Who are the top ten artists now? What mood do you need to be in to listen to their music?"

The thought about thinking about the answers made me feel frustrated. Not because I didn't want to think, but rather because of the ADD/ADHD within me or just the duties of being a mother or a mental health therapist. Either way, it's that time again. So, how exactly would I use this type of journal in a therapy session? Well, it's simple. I ask trauma-informed questions and take a trauma-informed approach. Music acts as a medium to help people safely become embodied and process emotions, feelings, thoughts, memories, and more. Remember, it is okay to feel frustrated and annoyed, and music is one of the great tools that we can use to explore those emotions in a non-judgmental way.

So, here are my answers. I encourage you to do the exercise on your own and share your top ten artists and the mood you have to be in with others below. This exercise was incredibly hard😩, because I have so many favorite artist! Without further ado:

1. Bob Marley: This is my neutral mood. I often play this type of music, especially this artist, because it encourages feminine energy, peace, love, patience, spirituality, consciousness, mysticism, kindness, self-awareness, motivation, and loyalty, to name a few. I could honestly go on and on.🫶🏾🫶🏾🫶🏾🫶🏾

2. J. Cole: This artist is my neutral/hype mood. Similar to Marley, I feel compelled to listen and understand the story Cole is telling. So, I have to be in the mood to listen and decipher Cole's thoughts and feelings.🤔

3. 2Pac: This artist has been my favorite since I first heard his voice. I often feel excited when I listen to his music. When I feel like listening to poems, I turn on this artist. His voice and descriptive language make it easy to visualize his thoughts.🤔

4. Tina Turner: Tina makes my world feel right. It's her tone. It's her voice. She screams on the mic.🗣️

5. Outkast: This rap duo has been a favorite since the beginning of time. I have to be in the mood to dance and sing along. Andre 3000, if you read this blog from me to you, I love doing both to your music.👏🏾

6. Aaliyah: Everyone knows she is my favorite artist from school age. Her whole energy is a vibe. I have to be in a chill, sexy, loving mood. I also may want to vocally express myself, and if that's the case, she is a go-to.🥰🥰🥰

7. Tyler ICU: This artist is new to me, but oh my, I don't need to be in a mood. The song sets my mood instead. This artist invokes dancing and movement. I have to be in the mood to dance and move. He does it for me with the song "Mnike." It's easy to dance to. I have been listening to him and all of the collaborations he is on. I feel like he has the King Midas touch.🫶🏾🫶🏾🫶🏾🫶🏾🫶🏾

8. Muni Long: I love this artist, but she sings about that deep Pluto in the 8th house love. For my astrologists out there, you know what that means. So, I listen to her when I want to feel connected to a person in my past or future. I struggled with putting her on here, but I have been listening to her. 😍😍

9. Donnie McClurkin: This artist puts me in the mood to forgive myself. He helps me remember a time when I cared and believed that God liked and loved me.😇😇

10. Taylor Swift: This artist brings validation of the feelings that romance brings to me. She helps me remember to be in love with love.🌷🌷

✨✨✨Bonus: Prince: I've loved him since the first time I heard him. My sister's best friend forever had a Prince doll and was in love with the movie "Purple Rain." When I finally saw it, I was forever a fan. The mood I must be in to listen to Prince is "nostalgia."🫠🫠


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