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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781402260247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402260247
  • ASIN: 1402260245
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Worthy of your attention...Your Playlist Can Change Your Life gets the reader-learner directly involved in the processes of choosing and then using music to enhance your life." - New York Journal of Books

"This title lends a psychologist's perspective to a common behavior-well worth the purchase." - Library Journal

"This is a book that speaks to the music lover in all of us and offers a natural way to a better you simply by listening." - Music-Draconia.net

"Interesting read about how music can change the way the brain works in different situations." - Book Faery Reviews

"Your Playlist Can Change Your Life offers a wealth of unforgettable information on how to use music as a secret weapon against stress; it's an effective tool for improving your quality of life in many areas. As a proponent of stress management, I found the book to be an engaging and informative read that I would excitedly recommend." - About.com

"The authors of "Playlist" go further. They argue that music's benefits hold for everyone and that if we queue up our tunes with care they'll lift our mood, reduce anxiety, raise motivation, help us work out better and even fight off depression and insomnia." - Los Angeles Times

"According to the three psychologist-authors of a new book, Your Playlist Can Change Your Life, everyone can benefit from a little makeshift music therapy, which can lift our mood, reduce anxiety, raise motivation, help us work out better and even fight depression and insomnia. No drugs necessary; just a little strategic iPod shuffling." - iVillage.com

"This book is a must read for any music fan." - WebPro News.com

"This book is a useful tool that will explain the many ways to choose a playlist, how to use your playlists to perform at your optimal best, relieve stress, anxiety, and improve your mood." - Today Show

About the Author

Galina Mindlin, MD, PhD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, is the founder of BMT (Brain Music Therapy). Don DuRousseau, BS, MBA, is founder/CEO of Human Bionics Llc., and executive director of Peak Neurotraining Solutions, Inc. www.peaknt.com Joseph Cardillo, PhD, professor, is a top-selling author in holistic psychology and mind-body medicine. www.brainmusictreatment.com


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Les Saisons de Ma Vie on February 5, 2012
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While reading "Your Playlist Can Change Your Life," a metaphor began to emerge... comparing this information with what occurs in the background of many books and movies...MUSIC! Authors can create a "musical score" with carefully selected words that create mood. The musical score in a movie is also extremely important to mood and emotion. Often, a certain musical selection is associated with each particular character. This is called a leitmotif. These motifs identify characters and events in a story... they actually prepare us before the character even emerges. Motifs also elicite the emotions attached to each of the characters and develop them more deeply as the story proceeds.

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life helped me to understand that as we proceed through the story of our lives and move through a variety of activities and roles, it is possible to assign a motif to each of them... something beautiful to slip our minds into as we enter into each activity.
We may start our day in a quiet devotion, moving into preparedness and organization, then onto the highway... off to work, through the work day performing our given role/s and finally back again, seeking either a return to quiet or onward to an evening of activity. Hopefully, we end our day with calm and rest. In reading this book, I am becoming more attentive to the sounds and music I choose that move me successfully into the ordinary and extraordinary activities of my life...what are my musical motifs? What calms me; what music invigorates me?

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life will help you discover your personal motifs.
What an incredible instrument music can be when synchronized with the flow of daily living...

This piece of writing helps us recognize the musical motifs in our lives ~ conducting them into a resonance of beautiful harmony.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Walsh on February 16, 2012
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The authors' credentials in the psychology department are strong, and that is the strongest part of this book. I was sold on the title's premise, that my playlist can change my life, but was looking for additional insights into how, and what kind of music would be good for what kinds of changes. You can read about the book's general categories in the other reviews and get some idea about how this works. I did not learn too much new that did not seem obvious to me before I read the book.

What I was looking for, I did not find, and that was more musical selections correlated with behavioral or mood changes. I found the music categories limited. Of all the musical selections, I found only seven classical pieces with mention of a couple of other composers also limited, and most of those were integrated into the text and not part of a suggested list. What about New Wave music? Many people find Enya very soothing. What about spiritual music? Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus 518". Listen to "There is Faint Music" from the album "Never a Brighter Star" to slow your heartbeat and get a dose of spirituality at the same time, a beautiful piece of less well-known music.

None of the pieces on my favorite walking music playlist are found in the book. May I recommend the Bee Gees "Staying Alive," Bob Seeger's "Old Time Rock and Roll," and The Commitments "Mustang Sally?" If you want a lift in your life, try Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World." I know, the authors cannot include everything, but to completely ignore certain genres like jazz seems limiting.

I would also have liked a master list of music at the end of the book, organized by the chapters' subjects.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier on January 14, 2012
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"Your Playlist Can Change Your Life" by Galina Mindlin, Don Durousseau, and Joseph Cardillo is a fun book that contains information on how music can be used as a force of healing. It was great that they all shared how to use musical playlists as instruments towards boosting happiness. The following is some of the engaging information shared in this book:

Page 49: Link between music, exercise, and improved well-being.

Pages 66-67: Ideas are shared on examples of playlists to create (such as the one for boosting a sense of calm).

Page 141: It is explained why music increases memory storage in the brain.

Pages 184-195: There is data given on combining music with a creative life.

"Your Playlist Can Change Your Life" is a book that is best for the many who enjoy reading about ideas for using music towards greater joy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thierry on July 2, 2012
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I saw a review of this book in a magazine and was fascinated by its premise. I love music and have my IPod filled with many types of music. I use shuffle songs usually to be surprised with what comes up, and am pleasantly surprised when I remember that I put a particular song on my list, and here it is! The idea of creating playlists based on moods, feelings, needs etc really sounds like it will work.
The book gives detailed instructions about how to accomplish what you want considering how you are feeling at the time, and backs up their suggestions with sound psychology and an understanding of how the brain functions. It seemed like a little too much for me to try to accomplish a playlist for all the categories the book discusses, so I wrote my own list based on their recommendations of how to choose a song or a playlist, and am having great success with my efforts.

The book really does present the information in a clear, concise way with great suggestions on how to accomplish your goals and I found the information concerning how our brains, minds, and feelings are influenced by where we are at anytime. I would recommend the book to anyone trying to come up with a playlist for any occasion or a series of playlists to deal with various life situations. From cooking a gourmet meal in the kitchen, to paying the bills.
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