I'm old, too, but music has always been a pickmeup...I went into deep depression when our local classical station went into 'modern dance music' which is not music at all in my opinion, just disjointed noise. If it doesn't have the proper rhythm it does not have a good effect on the body. I've read that the beat in music can actually alter heartbeat. Now that a new station picked up the light classics, swing, Broadway musicals, etc., I feel better. I turn the radio on first thing when I get up, and it plays all day until I go back to bed. I also cuddle with my cats when I'm really 'down.' it really helps, and I've read much on both music, and pets, and the parts they can play in emotional and physical wellbeing.