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Your Playlist Can Change Your Life: Ten Proven Ways Your Favorite Music Can Revolutionize Your Health, Memory, Organization, Alertness and More

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From internationally renowned brain scientists, Your Playlist Can Change Your Life teaches how to use your favorite music to enhance your health, memory, organization, alertness, and more. Readers will learn how to use the power of music to attain increased levels of performance as well as enhance their ability to fight off the negatives of stress, insomnia, anxiety, depre

Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks
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Nov 21, 2011 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: music lovers who want a light scientific/self-help guide to using music in everyday life
Recommended to Rose by: NetGalley
Before I start this review, I should find it appropriate to say I'm a self proclaimed music nut. :) I listen to anything from Soul to Alternative, Progressive Metal to J-Pop and K-Pop, and Jazz to Classical among many other types. My tastes are varied, but they remain dynamic and define who I am as a person.

When coming across "Your Playlist Can Change Your Life" - the idea behind the work seemed really fascinating - using music as a way to improve health among other benefits. I like creating pl
I like the idea. The research seems sound. I didn't like the beginning very much. I had to skip around to get interested in the book. At the beginning it sounded like way too much trouble and the thought of listening to the same songs over and over didn't sound appealing to me. Some sections were very technical, I think sidebars could have been used for those details.

I think it would have been better to start with the chapter about changing your mood. That's easier to understand. I think longer

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, interesting read especially for someone who enjoys music but is not a musician. While some of the information may seem obvious, too often music is just backround noise. This book made me think about really listening to music and connecting it with emotions. I am certain that I will place more attention on the music and lyrics. I found the sections on running and music particularly interesting, and will apply this to my own running. The playlists made m
Sumit Sabnis
Oct 19, 2016 Sumit Sabnis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believed music is just entertainment , this book made me rethink . Music is medicine a brain controlling, mood altering tool process the author.Also suggests we use song playlists for each routine activities for the day like , morning, drive to work ,at work , night time etc. This whole idea sounded so cool to me. I decided to put it to practice , and am happy by the results. Towards the end however it gets too specific on the author's research in to own brain music which I could not experimen ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Read this and took notes in around an hour and a half at the library today. A lot of things resonated with my experience as a musician and a person who has always loved music, but it was interesting to see that there is science behind your favorite music affecting you. Looking forward to making my own playlists and exploring music purposely in the near future.
Mary Beth
Jan 21, 2012 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a music nut like me, this book had so many interesting ideas for how to craft playlists for optimum living. I am always making playlists and creating mixtapes, but I never thought how using certain songs could help me to be organized or improve my memory.
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this book, and to be perfectly honest I'm not sure what I think now that I've finished the book. I'm very interested in the type of pop psychology theories that show you how to change your life based on routines or life hacks, but this is something on a different plane entirely.

I should probably state up front that I'm not particularly a huge music fan. I like music just fine, but I would compare myself to a casual wine drinker, and to the likely
Jan 08, 2012 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hikers, bikers, endurance athletes.
Recommended to Tom by: no one
Quite useful, but repetitive, and necessarily dated. Fairly soft science backing up the practice of listening to music in order to moderate consciousness. The practice has been a part of human existence for many thousands of years. Vibratory effects of sound have been well known, primarily in religious contexts. For example, Vedic tradition of mantra use for specific physiological effects.
Listening to my iPod while backpacking, bicycling, and walking has clearly resulted in elevated energy, inc
If the structure of the book was reorganized I think I could have enjoyed the book more than I did. I felt like after a brief introduction to a new concept that there was repetition within each chapter and a case of deja vu.

The scientific premise of using music to manipulate memory, organize, calm, intensify (and more) activities is clear cut and motivational to begin to think about your musical preferences, the 'music of your life' and memories associated with sounds as well as rhythm, harmony
Tyler Renaud
Aug 06, 2013 Tyler Renaud rated it liked it
(F.Y.I.)I am going to be kinda harsh in this review. Well...this book was repetitive to say the least. I guess I did pull some helpful tips from the whole book but I was just not feeling it at all. The author had their heart in the right place but at the end of each chapter, you receive the same regurgitated material from all the chapters prior. The most interesting parts about this book were; the mentioning of BPM Music Files (music your brain makes via brain waves) and the fact that by using m ...more
I'm trying to remember why I was so excited to read this, because it really is far from riveting. Also, the problem with any book like this is that it's instantly dated (10,000 Maniacs) and also cannot offer any real suggestions on what to put on a playlist because that's so personal. That said, it does actually say some interesting things about neuroscience, brain music therapy, how BPM can affect your mood, and other cool things that, even though they don't provide direct inspiration as to the ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book offering the science behind the interaction between music and the listener's mind. Music is my madeleine, with scenes from my past evoked in Proustian detail by songs and symphonic passages, but I hadn't thought of using music as a tool. Interspersed with the scientific information are anecdotes from the three authors and sample playlists that can be used to enhance or improve a variety of situations, from a bad mood to a work deadline (which in my case usually go together). Usi ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Farrah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting read about how music can change the way the brain works in different situations. I found the book to contain things I already knew but also informative on the science front and helpful in determining what songs or sounds would help me have a more peaceful or motivating and focused mind. I do think I would have liked it better if the layout of the chapters and writing style were more “entertaining” even though I learned a couple things. Overall though I found it to be OK. If you’re lo ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Kristie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book is best suited for people who are completely out of touch with themselves, or humanity. Most people know how music effects them, or if they don't know, they subconciously utilize all of the information provided in this book. It's so repetitive too. You use the same technique whether you want to feel calm, alert, happy, or creative. The only thing that changes is the music, duh. The only thing I found interesting about this book was the little blurb about turning your brain waves i ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Maybe I didn't really pay enough attention to the description on the back cover...or maybe I thought this would be less self-helpy and more science-y. Either way, what I thought I'd be reading was a look into how people's brains are wired different ways to respond to different music...for example, what makes one person able to concentrate better while listening to Vivaldi and another listening to Metallica?
That's not what this was, really. There was some of that, but then exercises at the end o
Amy J
Jul 25, 2013 Amy J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
We all know how music makes us feel, how it stimulates the thought process, how it calms those nerves. We all know how amazing it is to hear your favorite song, how you automatically turn it up and how good you feel after having heard it. If you are a music lover this book is telling you things you already know deep down. It just takes it a step or two further and teaches you to hone the skills you need to allow music to work in beneficial ways for you. Not that music wasn't already working for ...more
Alyssa Greatbanks
I understand they would like to get you to understand the methods well. But I do think that at times, they explained things a little too much for the average person.

Other than that though, it was a pretty good book. I've already made a playlist using their methods, and I hope to see improvements soon.

And the BMT procedure they explained sounded pretty neat. I am thinking of doing that one of these days when it gets a little cheaper.

I recieved this book through the GoodReads First Reads Giveaway.
Chris Babcock
It's not that the advice is bad or wrong, it's actually pretty interesting and helpful. For the first chapter. Unfortunately, there's not a true variance in application, even tough the chapters imply so.

Here's the format: describe an emotion or mental state, give examples of how playlists can change or enhance your mood, repeat same directions on making a playlist that have appeared in all previous chapters.
Rachel Morley
Some interesting concepts but nothing terribly earth shattering or anything that's not common sense. Music is such a huge part of my life, moods, etc.... that I did appreciate looking a bit more deeply at the psychological effects of music, but really, the only thing that really stuck with me from the book were the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
Kristi Hanson
Lots of common sense stuff, but gave me information on how to customize my playlists a little better. I already construct my playlists to match the mood I may be in, but it helps to think about it a little differently.
Jul 20, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This would have been better served as a blogpost. Using your playlists to regulate your mood is an interesting idea though. There was no mention as to what might be differences between music-lovers only & practicing musicians. Also lots of repetition since they had to pad it out.
Mar 15, 2014 Yasheve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Luke Kristie said... It's pointless to stretch common sense experience into 200+ page
Mar 16, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting read on the connection between music and the brain.
Aug 21, 2015 Eduardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How it starts from scratch and then keeps repeating the information is a bit of an annoyance, but overall its premise to make a playlist to change your life is spot on
Some good ideas and insights.
Valerie, Queen
Meh. Nothing too surprising. Make sure the music I put on my playlist is music I like? No way!
Apr 05, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slightly repetitive at times, but interesting nonetheless.
Aug 25, 2013 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found it a bit simplistic and obvious. No new insights.
Natalie Moreland
Not as awesome as the title sounded. . . (Adult age group)
Sep 26, 2012 Taleisin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always knew that music could affect my mood and even change the course of my day. It was neat to hear the scientific evidence. This book had me fiddling around with my playlists.
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