Musical Healing


At the group today we revisited a topic which is regularly requested for in the programme, music.  We did the exercise where you ask people what music they were listening to at different stages in their lives. The stages we used were; 10 years of age, teenage years and in your 20’s. Below are the stages and the music listened to by group members;

10 years of age:

  • Theme Tune (The Monkees),
  • Ant Music (Adam and The Ants)
  • Top of The Pops (The Rezillos)
  • Holding Out for a hero (Bonnie Tyler)
  • Aladdin Sane (David Bowie)
  • Running in The Family (Level 42)

Teenage Years:

  • Bye Bye Baby (The Bay City Rollers)
  • Pride, In The Name of Love (U2)
  • This Charming Man (The Smiths)
  • Purple Rain (Prince)
  • Can I Play With Madness (Iron Maiden)
  • Lust for Life (Iggy Pop)


  • Don’t You Want Me? (The Human League)
  • Lip Up Fatty (Bad Manners)
  • Friday I’m In Love (The Cure)
  • Music Sounds Better With You (Stardust)
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
  • Last Boat To Cairo (Madness)

It was really interesting hearing the stories of what was going on for group members at the different stages and what the music meant to them.  It was fascinating to see the way  people’s musical preferences changed throughout the different stages of their lives.  For some group members it brought up some unhappy memories of childhood, but it made them realise the significance of how much music had been a saviour for them.  It seemed to help make the difficult times much more bearable.

The group looked at an article on the website which shows examples of 10 songs that are scientifically proven to make you happy.  Group members agreed with some of the choices but not with others.  I guess musical preferences are subjective, with certain music bringing up all sorts of emotions whether they be good or bad.  Everyone really enjoyed today’s group and had fun hearing some of the funny stories. It seemed that with hindsight people could now view their past with different perspectives and see the lifeline music provided. The group have made their own lists of songs that help raise their moods.  Below are the songs selected:

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