Moody Music

Of late I’ve been finding myself in more of a ‘mood’ than usual. Perhaps it’s due to a few life changes I’m making, maybe it’s the unsettled weather as we move from winter to spring, or perhaps I’m just in need of a holiday. Coincidentally the most extreme of my moods seem to occur when I’m travelling home from the day job (funny that!). Thank goodness for music AND headphones which allow me to internalise and provide me with an escape from the externalities of life. My music of choice completely depends on what type of day I’ve had.

I’ve come to realise that when I’ve made it to the end of a rage-filled day, all I want to listen to is strong, angry music. Similarly when I’ve had a reflective or relatively uneventful day I tend to reach for calmer, more mellow music. I find the former strangely calming and the latter wonderfully uplifting.

My current ‘angry’ music of choice is ‘The Dresden Dolls’ (Amanda Palmer is always a favourite), while my current ‘mellow’ music of choice is ‘The Morning Ripples’ by Small Sips (an Australian alt-country band that is sadly no more).

Do you have any ‘moody’ music of choice? Are you the same as me, and balance your mood with like-minded music?


  1. Rellacafa

    Mostly I listen to folky sort of music, or a bit of pop if I need to get moving to it…but when those days come when there’s something inside that just needs screaming out, it’s Pearl Jam all the way!! ;D

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hiya Caf (I hope it’s OK to call you by that name??) 🙂 – Oh, I love folk music … actually I pretty much like a bit of everything to be honest. Pop is perfect to get active and get moving – always guaranteed to bring on a happy mood! 🙂

      Classic… Pearl Jam – that’s an awesome mood improver to help soothe the beast! 🙂

  2. Rol

    It’s interesting that you need the angry music for an angry day and calm music for a calm day – there are those who believe it’d work better the other way around… though like you, I appreciate the value of a good musical rant to release workaday tension. I’m really getting into Amanda Palmer & The Dresden Dolls now.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – I was kind of surprised about my discovery that I tend to match ‘like’ music with ‘like’ mood … I always thought that when it came to a certain mood and a certain kind of music, that ‘opposites would attract’.

      Musical rants must surely be the safest and most satisfying way to release a bad mood. I’m a recent convert to the wonder that is Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls … but I’m REALLY loving all of it at the moment! 🙂

  3. Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    I’ve found myself really reaching for Diana Krall music lately. I just love her style – regardless of my mood.
    XO Piper

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Piper – Diana Krall has a lovely voice, like rich chocolate … a delight for the ears. She’s smooth, stylish and ever so cool.

  4. Gabrielle Bryden

    I know exactly what you mean. I do like to match an angry mood with really angry music, especially when driving. Jazz is good for when I’m feeling mellow but I love most styles of music so have an endless array to match my many moods. A recent study showed that heavy metal music fans were a calm bunch of people – haha! (must have got it all out of their system).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I’m so glad to hear I’m not alone in matching an angry mood with equally angry music … and yes, such an approach is especially soothing when driving. I’ve had an off and on relationship with jazz over the years … though I do adore spending time in dark and moody jazz clubs.

      Like yourself I pretty much like all kinds of music, so any variation in mood is easily covered off by a perfect musical match.
      How interesting that heavy metal music fans have been found to be a calm bunch … music is certainly a ‘safe’ way to release aggression!

  5. maekitso

    There is music for those in ‘a’ mood and music for those in ‘the’ mood but there are also those times when you are neither in a or the mood! I like music that creeps up on me, when I’m not in any kind of mood for it, and nibbles on my ear. Then again, I do appreciate a rumble from time to time. Have you tried a Judas Priest ‘Painkiller’ on the way home from work? Beats a Herron any day. 😉

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Brad – I absolutely adore your response … there is certainly a difference in selecting music for time when one is in ‘a mood’, in ‘the mood’ and in neither … so true!

      Hmmm, your idea of enjoying music that ‘creeps up on you’ is wonderful, and you’re so right – sometimes the perfect kind of music for that exact moment in time chooses US, instead of the other way around. In fact, I’ve discovered some of my absolutely all-time favourite musical artists by accident like that.

      Oh yes, Judas Priest is surely more powerful (and more effective) than any chemical painkiller!! Doctors should prescribe with music rather than with the pharmacy! 😉

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