There is so much truth to the saying "music soothes the savage beast." When you go way back to the biblical era David was summoned to play for the King. Whenever King Saul was troubled or worried the sound of music would be his source of comfort. Music elicits many emotions and each listener reacts differently.
I remember when I was a little girl, I would hear the music playing on the record player (that's what we had back then :-) and I knew if my siblings were in a good mood the music would be upbeat and all of the jams would be on. On the other hand, if someone had a fight or was at the breakup stage of their relationship, the same old sad song would play over and over again. Songs like- Let's Just Kiss and Say Goodbye, Oh Girl, Have You Seen Her? or Is This The End?
Here's a bit of terrific information that may be beneficial for you. Studies have indicated that listening to classical music has a positive effect on students. It stimulates both sides of the brain, increases the ability to retain and learn more. There was this experiment where a group of students listened to classical music before taking a test and a group who did not. Those who listened to the classical music had higher scores than those who did not listen to the music. I know some may wish that they knew about this sooner?
Listening to the words of a song may uplift the listeners spirits as they connect with the words. In fact, music therapy is used to in rehabilitation centers, elder care facilities and in hospitals. It is believed that music also has a positive impact on patients as studies have shown that hospitals who have played soft music in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units as well as the Intensive Care Units had a favorable outcome. Premature babies gained weight and were able to be released earlier than than those who did not hear any music. Likewise, ICU patients who listened to music required less dosages of their medications than those who did not have any music.
Jazz is also another form of music that tends to have a calming or soothing effect on others. Of course not all jazz but in most cases.
Some music makes you laugh, cry, sing, dance and express yourself freely to release any tension. Whether you enjoy listening to James Taylor, Vann Morrison, U2, KISS, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bob Marley, Richard Smallwood, Michel White, The Hawkins, Prince, Kool and the Gang, Commodores, Earth, Wind and Fire, etc. it just does something to you. Consider yourself informed just Let the Music Play