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What was your COVID song? WBFO wants to know. As we transition out of the pandemic, Mental Health reporter Nick Lippa shares what music got him through 2020 with mental health advocate Karl Shallowhorn.2020 was a tough year for all of us. But through the shared experience of music, it can sometimes make things a little easier.

Message Nick Lippa on Twitter @NicholasLippa or email at nlippa@wbfo.org.

Nick Lippa: Music and mental health, being able to explore that concept. That's why this web post is here today. I want to open this up to where we can talk to listeners/readers, because this is something I think all of us have some connection to.

Karl Shallowhorn has a new podcast out-- 'Mental Health Verses'-- which you can listen to on Spotify which explores this topic.

Karl: Nick, as you and I'm sure as many of the listeners know, music can be very therapeutic. And so many people that I talked to over time have said there's a particular song we listen to, when they might be feeling down or they listen to certain songs to lift their mood. But more importantly than anything, music is universal. And the beauty is that when it comes from a health perspective, music kind of transcends that in a way that it has a healing kind of touch. Of course, we know there's actually music therapy, formal music therapy that's used to help people. But in my case, I know when I was having difficult times, I'd listen to certain songs that really helped me out. But more than anything, I think people are just looking for ways to to soothe themselves and music can be so soothing and comforting. It's almost like, I think the term is an audio weighted blanket. Where basically, if you're feeling a certain way, you can listen to music, and it'll put you in a certain space to help you feel better.

Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.