Music is ubiquitousin all cultures around the world. Music’simpact to well-being of human beings has been well studied and established (Bharucha,Curtis & Paroo, 2006; Chin & Rickard, 2012; Lonsdale & North, 2011;Pereira et al., 2011; Ransom, 2015; Rentfrow, 2012; Ruud,2013; Saarikallio,2010). Music was found to be the most enjoyableexperiences (Pereira et al., 2011). Research shows that there are variousreasons why people listen to music (Lonsdale & North, 2011) such as forrelaxation, pass time, release emotion (Lonsdale & North, 2011; Saarikallio,2010), in summary, to maintain theirday-to-day psychological balance (Ruud, 2013).
Music can also a person’s moodbut the relationship is complex. Different individual may react differently tomusic due to different personal musical preference. Individual may showdifferent emotions to the same piece of music at different times (Rana, Akhtar& North, 2011).Today, with the advanced technology,individuals can access any type of music from different countries around theworld (Greasley & Lamont, 2006). Many studies found that people’s choice ofmusic closely related to the psychological condition they experienced in their everydaylife (North, 2004; Sloboda,O’Neill & Ivaldi, 2001).
The effect of a piece of music depends greatly onits lyrics, the instruments use, and the rhythm. Music with lyrics played animportant role in communicate feeling and emotion to audience (Ransom, 2015).Yet research on the effect of music with lyrics in well-being is rare (Ransom,2015). Lyrics, though often come together with music, has rarely beenresearched on (Juslin, 2005). However, it is undeniable that lyrics addsomething powerful to music, consider songs like “Somewhere over the rainbow”and “You raise me up”. The lyrics stimulate the audience’s imagination and has significantinfluence over their emotion.
The popular American song lyricist, Yip Harburg, oncesaid, “Words make you think… music makes you feel…but a song make you feel thoughts”(Alonso, 2012).