The List of My 10 Best Mood Music Songs

WRITER'S NOTE (this hub is dedicated to Tammyswallow, a dear friend, and talented hub writer. She was the "pioneer," in publishing song lists in HubPages, and I want her to have the proper recognition that she deserves. Sincerely, Kenneth).


If you survived the 80's, then you surely remember that wacky contraption called a "mood ring," that told you every mood you were in at each moment of the day. What a fun way to feel good about yourself.

I didn't get to own a "mood ring," for I was always having to buy glitzy things like groceries, clothes, and pay the utility bills. And as for being a "fad addict," I mean, if you have to resort to this cheesy tactic, letting a lifeless object dictate your mood, then you need some "real" human friends who "do" care for you, or stop being "suckered-in" by things like mood rings and pet rocks as fast as you can. Or both.


Can't elaborate on why certain songs match our every mood. I am not a college grad nor do I have a Ph.d in Sociology, the Study of Musical Tones and Their Affects," but man, I bet those guys and girls who "are" in this line of work, make the dough, right? And we all know now the mood that these sociologists are in: Happy. Gloriously-happy. Beside themselves with glee. At the huge bank accounts they have. Am I right or am I right?

Right now, I want to share with you, a short-list of songs that I've come to realize fits every mood that I am in at that time. See if you recognize any of these classic tunes.

WHEN I STOP TO THINK OF MY LIFE AND THE THINGS THAT I DIDN'T GET TO ACCOMPLISH, THE PEOPLE I LOST, AND HOW MY LIFE SOMETIMES FEELS EMPTY

I click-on "Yesterday," by The Beatles. What a soothing, therapeutical song written by two "master lyricists, John Lennon and Paul McCartney that can always cheer me up and cause me to see the good things and good people I have been given in 58 years of living. And that includes all of my Followers on HubPages.

THEN SOMETIMES THE MOOD I GET IN IS SOMEWHAT INDEPENDENT, AND BORDERING ON REBELLIOUS. IT'S EASY TO GET IN THIS STERN MOOD WHEN YOU HAVE TO JUSTIFY YOUR EVERY MOVE AND DECISION TO THOSE AROUND YOU

so I just sneak away to my computer workroom and find this great classic by New Jersey's own, John Von Jovi, and after I play it a few hundred times, I am back to being Kenneth Avery, civil American citizen.

MOST OF THE TIME I AM IN A GOOD MOOD, EVEN WITH MY PHYSICAL AILMENTS. WHEN I GET IN THIS LIGHT-HEARTED FRAME OF MIND

I am prone to look up Glenn Miller and his orchestra doing Benny Goodman's version of the American standard, "In The Mood," meaning that for that time frame, I am not allowing my of life's stressful situations get to me. FYI, I do not play a trombone.

DO I EVER GET IN A LONESOME MOOD? ARE THERE FOUR PRESIDENT'S FACES ON MOUNT RUSHMORE?

Sure I get lonesome. Just like you. I am not Clark Kent a/k/a Superman. I have feelings like everyone else. I get to missing my friends from high school, the people I used to work with and my mom and dad who have already departed this life for heaven. Hank Williams, Sr., and I might have been big friends, for he thinks like I do. Intensely-painful in thought. Sometimes.

THEN JUST AS SURE AS THE SHOWERS THAT ARRIVE IN APRIL, MY MOOD (THANK GOD) CHANGES TO HAPPY

and there isn't one entertainer alive or deceased, that can make my old bones get in the mood to "cut a rug," like "The king," Elvis Presley. I am thankful to just be one of the millions of faceless people who followed his career, watched his movies and tried singing his songs in the shower. Next month is Elvis' birthday. Happy birthday, buddy.

WHILE I AM AT HOME ALONE, EXCEPT FOR FESTUS, MY CAT, I FIND MYSELF RELIVING MY TEEN YEARS THAT WERE MADE

so much happier and entertaining by the presence of my dogs, "Tramp," "Sandy," "Buddy," "Button," and "Pappy," who stood by me through all kind of stress, defeat, and heartache. Never let it be said from me or some other passenger of life that animals do not have a place in the world. If that be true, then why did God make them first, instead of us?

MANY TIMES I WILL ALLOW MYSELF TO BE IN A SELFISH MOOD AND COUNT UP ALL OF THE GIRLS THAT I LOST DUE TO THEIR LYING, SCHEMING WAYS OF USING ME FOR MONEY, MY CAR AND THE THRILL OF HURTING ANOTHER PERSON

and when that mood hits, and it hits often, I dig up Dave Edmonds, "I Hear You Knockin'," and I instantly feel vindicated of all the awful treatment that I received in my younger years trying to please whatever girl would give me a second look.

THEN THERE ARE THOSE TIMES WHEN THE MOOD HITS ME THAT PUTS ME INTO A "JUST DON'T CARE" MOOD. HONEST.

while I am in this mood, I don't care about national politics, taxes, war, prestige, self-promotion, or even not fulfilling my dream in high school of being a late-night disk jokey on an all-rock FM station. Harry Nilsson's, "Lime and The Coconut," song makes me feel this way. I don't recommend that you listen to it that often, or you might get a permanent case of the "don't care's."

WHEN I AM IN A RESPECTFUL MOOD, THINKING OF MY LATE DAD, AN EXCELLENT FIDDLE AND GUITARIST, AND MY FATHER-IN-LAW, ALSO AN ACCOMPLISHED BLUEGRASS MUSICIAN

I love to sit and listen to "the man," Mac Wiseman, who "I" refer to as the "master" storyteller-in-song. Wiseman's rich voice and sharp guitar licks makes me puff-up with pride at me just knowing my dad and my father-in-law in this life.

THEN AS DAYLIGHT FADES FROM ANOTHER DAY AND DAYLIGHT'S PARTNER, DARKNESS, CLOCKS-IN FOR HIS SHIFT, I LOOK BACK OVER THE YEARS FROM TODDLER TO TEEN TO MANHOOD

and the only song that really makes any sense at that moment is Mar Hopkins', "Those Were The Days."

And friends, they were. They certainly were.

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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I remember them all. Love the feature of adding a song to your hub. Glad to know who is responsible for this valuable addition.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Dearest Kenneth,

Reading your hubs always puts me in "The Mood". lol

Absolutely loved reading this hub and listening to the videos.

I don't mean to nit pick but Elvis's birthday is in January. He died August 16, 1977.

Voted up and away!

Take care and have a great weekend my friend. :)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Kathleen,

Thank you, dear friend, for the comments. I thought it good to add some tunes to the words. Glad you liked this.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest Susan . . .first, thank you so much for reading and voting on this hub. And thanks for liking the "mood" music. SEE correction below and thanks for the great catch. I got the dates mixed-up. I own it. Sorry.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

****CORRECTION****

"I" had a serious error in this hub. Elvis was BORN in January and DIED August 16, 1977. I apologize for this error and want you all to know that it was purely unintentional. And a big thanks to Sueswan for catching it. Appreciate that.

Kenneth.

PS: "appreciate it" is my way of remembering Andy Griffith. This was his catch-phrase.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Dearest Kenneth,

I thought of you when I heard that Andy Griffith died as I know you were a big fan of his. He was a fine man and actor.

I have also mixed up Elvis's birthday and the anniversary of his death .

Enjoy your weekend. :)


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Great Hub Kenneth. Music has such a profound effect on us. I, too, have songs I play for different reasons and they always deliver. "Those Were the Days" is so true.


Debra Emerson 4 years ago

You wrote a very good hub Kenny.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Susan,

You are correct. I grew up with Andy and his friends. Started loving his show in 1965 and will continue to love it until I go to meet him one day. He had a terrific show with family entertainment that today is scoffed at by liberals, but answer me this: Then why is his show still on TV in more than 200 countries and in the USA on most cable and satellite systems?

Rock on, Andy! We still love ya!

Kenneth

And Thanks, Susan, for rekindling my Andy memories.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Catgypsy,

"Those Were The Days," was a good life-measuring song. Thank you for liking the songs and the hub. I LOVE YOUR COMMENT.

Kenneth and Festus


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Howdy, Debra,

"Thank you kindly for your remarks. I appreciate YOUR support more than you know. Please have a cool day."

Kenneth


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Hi Kenneth,

This is a great list of songs. I like all of Bon Jovi's songs. You're right, Elvis will always be the king. As far as listening to songs when you are lonely or depressed, wouldn't that just make you feel worse? That is just my opinion. Thank you for the comments.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, dear friend, lovedoctor,

I agree with you. Moods are enforced or elevated by songs. "Dont Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," by James Taylor, listen to it sometime. Is one of the most honest, enduring songs Ive ever heard. Been loving this song since 1974 and it only gets like "Auld Lang Syne," by the late Dan Fogelberg . . .now that one, tears me up everytime. Anyone who has really FELL for another and let them slip away, can relate to this one. I have even wept at this song. Maybe I need YOUR counseling, huh? What do you think? I am serious. I could send you an email of why I go to pieces when I hear this song and you can tell me how to cope with it.

Kenneth


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

@ Kenneth- It's a nice song. I was listening to it during my lunch break. Personally, a song like this one would make me feel so blue. You're funny! I could use some counseling myself. Thanks for stopping by.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, lovedoctor,

James Taylor has always been a very sensitive songwriter and singer. I guess his music and Dan Fogelberg's music all make me think of "that" person, a special girl, that I knew from 1966 until 1972. I still know her, but there are plenty of things I still need to tell her.

Thanks for your comment. I appreciate you so much.

Kenneth


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is an excellent list. I love Glenn Miller too, I love Benny Goodman just a little more. Sing Sing is one of the best songs ever written. I love it even if there is no metal. Rock on my friend!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Tammy "Music Queen" Swallow . . .are you kidding me? You like Glenn Miller and Benny G.? Wow. What a gal! I never knew that, but so glad that you shared this. And I will. Rock on. And you do the same. Maybe one day I can get my own FM radio show and YOU can be my co-host. OKAY???

Kenneth


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writinglover 4 years ago from Lost...In Poetry

Hi, Kenneth! My dad always played Glenn Miller back when we were living down south. He always played it at night and, I don't know why, I found it rather soothing to listen to. Sometimes it actually helped put me to sleep (our bedrooms were across from each other). So, I like listening to him. I actually have some of his music on my MP3 player!

I have a music list of my own growing, too. I'll probably make it into a hub so I can share it. My favorite artist is Josh Groban. He is amazing. My favorite songs sung by him are "You Raise Me Up" and "To Where You Are" (this one I made into a hub). Also, "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" (another hub) is another favorite of mine. I would definitely recommend these songs to anybody!

See you later!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, writinglover,

I have to agree. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and YES, many people dont like The Inkspots "And If I Didn't Care," by the orginal group, but I simply go nuts when I hear this song. Told someone who was listening to it last year with me, when I get to heaven, I am going to visit these guys and sing like them too!

Your "Starry, Starry Night," believe this or not . . .IS my FAVORITE song of songs, with "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," by James Taylor and "Voodoo Chile," (live, Electric Ladyland album), by Hendrix . . .those three. I could listen to them all of the time.

Thank you for sharing with me about your music. When you just speak music, YOU have MY attention!!!!!


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writinglover 4 years ago from Lost...In Poetry

Hi, Kenneth!

I think I inherited my love for music from my dad. He's got the best collection in music (that I've seen so far). I also like the Beach Boys and Chicago. I've got those in my library as well as Journey (Open Arms is the best and I've got a running joke with "Anyway You Want It" going with my dad).

Nice seeing you and talking to you again! I know you've been busy...


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, writinglover,

I too, got my love of music from my dad who was an excellent violinist. He could have went pro, but had a family and was happier that way. He used to play at our holiday get-togethers and I am so proud to have known him. He was self-taught and gifted.

I tried in 1974, to learn the guitar, but as I have preached for years, "if you arent gifted, no use picking up the guitar and plunk around."

I love The Beach Boys, "Darlin,'"; "Sloop John B.," and others. Chicago? I love them too. "Wishing You Were Here," and "Saturday In The Park," I also have an appreciation for The Doobie Brothers, "Jesus Is Just Alright," what a guitar solo . . .it was so nice to see YOU and talk with you again. Please keep in touch.

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