There is Some Great Music Out There

And it's just a click away:

Some days are good.

Some days - not so good.

But on any given day a lift to your spirit is just a click away. For all the good, the bad, and the ugly that the Internet has brought into our lives, there are some things available to us now that are not more than a keystroke away. Inspirational, just what we need at any moment, music is virtually at our fingertips.

As Emerson, Lake and Palmer so eloquently said, "Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends." Ladies and Gentlemen, - with apologies to ELP -Toby Mac:

Life is hard and then you die:

Well, yes, that is one way to look at life. Like the wise man said, some days you are the hammer and some days you are the nail. If our friend Murphy can be believed, if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. Many people believe Murphy had to be an optimist. "What do you mean 'IF' anything can go wrong!"

We've all been there. Those days when it just wasn't worth it to get out of bed. They come to all of us (some more than others). When they come to me, I don't know of a better defensive strategy for overcoming them than to turn on the nearest radio, CD player, or computer to arm myself against of all that beseiges me in the ongoing battle of daily life.

What's Next?

I don't know about my fellow hubbers out there, but I've come to the point in life that I'd really just as soon not see too far down that road, around that next bend, or too far over the distant horizon. Life is too full of surprises for me to want to know exactly what is coming next.

But for right now. For this moment. I'll take all the encouragement music affords us. I can't think of another thing in life that offers me the opportunity to just feel better by doing nothing more than lending an ear to what it has to offer. And there are certain songs that speak to us no matter what our nationality, religion, ethnicity, or any other defining feature of life. They reach across any divide and touch us where we live and breathe and have our being.

Does music have to be religious to be uplifting? No.

Whether or not you are a person of faith, especially in the traditional sense, religious music can boost your spirits, change your mood, and help you through the tough patches. But does music have to be something you might hear in church to be inspirational? I don't believe it does. There are many feel good tunes on the airways. You know them when you hear them by the way they set your toe to tapping and put a smile on your face. And many of them are the hits of today.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I agree totally, Kathleen! It's amazing what music does for us. I can hear a song and remember exactly what I was doing when that song came out, as far back as the 60's. Music imprints on our minds the highs and lows of life, and it also has the ability to suspend time and allow us to just be.

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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

What is your go-to song when you are feeling down and troubled and you need a helping hand?

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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Music can be such a mood-changer, and happy music is definitely what one needs when feeling "down and troubled."

Voted Up+++ and shared


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Jaye, Thanks for the share. This is exactly what this hub is for. Do you have a go-to song for your Joni Mitchell moments?

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torrilynn 3 years ago

Hey Kathleen,

thanks for the hub

i agree and find that music is yet relaxing and yet at the

same time can build up anger and resentment

depending on what genre that you listen to

thanks again for the article

Voted up and sharing.

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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

It takes more than one song for me when my mood dips...ha! I have three old albums--greatest hits--of the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers and Journey. I'll put the CD player on "Repeat" and play them over and over, then, when my mood lifts, top it all off with the magnificent voice of Aaron Neville.

I've got every kind of music in my collection from classic rock to pop to classical (orchestral, piano or the famous tenors) to jazz to blues (the latter of which I stay away from when that's my mood) to doo-wop to Broadway musicals to Gregorian chants to ...well, you name it, and unless it's rap or hip-hop (my musical palette is rap and hip-hop challenged), I've got it ready to play. No matter what my mood, there's a CD to either improve or enhance it.

To wondrous music!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

torrilyn: You are so right about the opposite effect negative music can have on us. Welcome to my hubs.

Jaye: Great choices for our generation. Uplifting music comes in every genre and every decade. Love much of the music I hear on TV and the radio today, though I'd be hard pressed to name the artists!

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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

For those of you who read this yesterday: THANKS! But I've added more to it overnight. Please take a second look!

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Yes, I cannot imagine a world or my life without music, even for one day. It just lifts my soul. Really love all your music choices here. Excellent, and you're right, there is some awesome music out there, just a click away!

Love your thoughts too here, as to not wanting to be able to see too much around that bend--- me too! As, it is the surprises that makes life exciting.

Excellent write here!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

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FreezeFrame34 3 years ago from Charleston SC

Music can definitely soothe the soul! It can pump us up or cool us down- there's a song for every mood!

Your hub makes me want to put another dime in the juke box and forget all the worries!

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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Saw this morning as I was walking out the door to school. I love thw first three songs/videos, but I also really like that you added the last three. So diverse and all good pieces of you said, toe-tapping tunes. :) Sharing.

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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

FreezeFrame34: Think you are new to my hubs. Glad you started with this one. Love the dime in the juke box reference! FaithReaper and phdast7, thanks for the dependable support. Glad I added the last three, too. Too much good stuff out there to limit the selections.

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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina

I love music more than tv and movies. There are some great suggestions here. I will take a listen. I love finding something new. Great hub!

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Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

One of my favorite songs to improve my mood is a song about what to do when your feelin' down. It's an old song by Elvin Bishop called "Rock My Soul." I hope you don't mind, but I'm putting a link to it on YouTube just because a lot of people may not know/remember it.

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teaches12345 3 years ago

I love music and always find it leaves me relaxed and content whenever I hear those old favorites. You have listed some really good ones here, Kathleen.

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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Sherry: Link away and thanks for it. Anyone who wants to add their favorite here will only improve this hub!

teaches and Tammy: Good to hear from you again. Glad you found this and contributed your thoughts.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

There is Some Great Music Out There, so true and music is one of my best ways to enjoy my day

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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful hub and awesome collection of music!

Music has the power to heal, no doubt about that. I love music and it totally relaxes me.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub!

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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

DDE and Chitrangada: So glad the music has reached so far around the world! Music really is the international language. Thanks for the comments.

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Kathleen Cochran 21 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Sorry, folks, I just saw that Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is no longer available in this format. I'll work on this issue today and try to find these performances again.

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Vellur 3 months ago from Dubai

Love the collection that you have put together. Music is my elixir to life.

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Kathleen Cochran 3 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Isn't it everyone's? If not, how to they cope? Thanks Vellur!

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Kathleen Cochran 2 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Switched out some of the pieces on this recently recycled hub. Sorry, but there is just so much great music out there! Couldn't resist.

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Alyssa Nichol 2 weeks ago from Ohio

Another great song that allows lifts my mood and makes me want to dance is Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling. :)

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Kathleen Cochran 2 weeks ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Alyssa: Great choice. Thanks for contributing to this hub. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Alyssa Nichol 2 weeks ago from Ohio

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well. :)

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