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Music Helps Depression

It's been well known that music helps people with depression.

You can read research and a lot more about how music can help at the American Music Therapy Association's website.

I won't bore you with the musical theory behind my choices (being a violinist I know a bit about it), just let it suffice that the most constructive pieces for depression (in my opinion) are written in a variation of major keys.

Here are a few of my suggestions:

Uplifting
Classical: Liszt - Les Preludes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDEem_aEttE
Pop: Bette Middler - Wind beneath my wings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iAzMRKFX3c

Motivating
Classical: Dvorak's 8th Symphony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfP29uN33L8
Pop: Whitney Houston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Lf9gEioxI

Productive
Classical: J.S. Bach - Brandenburg concertos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCPM8DEsvmc
Pop: Queen - Don't stop me now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM

Calming
Classical: Debussy - Clair de Lune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea2WoUtbzuw
Pop: Sting - Fields of gold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLVq0IAzh1A

Playful
Classical: Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcpM0yN7p0c
Pop: The Electric Slide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jBkoEM0SSE

Of course, if you just need to zone out, you can listen to sounds like 528Hz, wind, whales, ocean, forest, and the likes.

I hope you give these pieces a listen and get on the road to build your own list that helps you.

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