Thoughts about music's power to evoke powerful emotion

Yesterday, we had our usual Sunday afternoon “Healing Music 101” class.  We had such a wonderful discussion that I thought my readers would be interested to know what some of the ideas that emerged were.  The theme of the day was sharing some specific pieces that make us feel:  sad, angry, scared or happy/energized.  Many pieces of music were thought of and talked about…and the winners were:

Sad:  Theme from “Schindler’s List”  Theme from “Titanic”  Cavatina from “The Deer Hunter”

Happy/Energizing: ” I’d like to teach the World to Sing”  “Oh Happy Day”  “The Spanish Lady” by Celtic Woman

Scary:  “Theme from Psycho,”  “Theme from Jaws”  “Danse Macabre”

Angry:  “Gangsta Rap”  “We Will Rock You”  “Rite of Spring”

Now all of these are definitely open to discussion but I think you probably get the idea!  Obviously the Hollywood composers are particularly gifted at expressing feelings or moods that depict action on the screen.  Several of these pieces of music are by John Williams, one of the great composers of the 20th century.

Enjoy this version of the “Cavatina,”  truly a beautiful tune!

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