Music, music, music
“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force.
Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
― Sarah Dessen,
I loved music when I was in my early years.
From age 8 I began learning piano, first by ear, and then, with music lessons,
continued through secondary school.
Wherever I went I could provide entertainment if there was a piano.
When I ran my own hotel, late evenings were spent with guests gathered round
singing all well-known songs.To get money to buy the hotel I got a part-time job p
laying in up-market restaurants.
In later years I joined an opera company and a theatre group and surrounded myself with theatre and music.
When I set up a health charity, music events became one of the ways to sustain the charity and to provide healing.
Music has the power to heal or at least to aid the healing process, particularly with mental health, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.
And nowadays, for me, it is a daily companion in meditation and relaxation therapies.
Have You Tried Music as Therapy?
Music brings you lots of benefits apart from just making you
feel good. It helps:
reduce stress and lowers anxiety
bring you into the present moment especially during
focussed time such as in meditation
make you mindful (be in the moment) which is one of
the keys to happiness
increase motivation, especially with more up tempo music
It helps with the negative symptoms of anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, stress, trauma, and more.
Additionally, people who combine music with a healthy diet and exercise get better results in achieving wellness.
Music and music therapy help particularly with mental health. It speaks to us at a deep level, impacting what we feel, think, and do.
Music is energy, and it’s energetic vibrations touch ours. Indeed, the most popular forms of energy therapy are music therapy, Therapeutic Touch and Reiki.
Whilst energy therapies cannot cure or directly treat illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, or arthritis, they can help people relax and so improve the quality of their lives. When we are relaxed, we also allow the body to begin to heal.
Music plays an important role in healing from mental illness, trauma, grief, and more. It helps us foster positive moods and builds on those moods to increase a more positive state of mental health and wellbeing. Importantly, when we feel good, we are in a better mental state from which to make better health related decisions.
How can you get more music into life?
To benefit from music, you could ...
compose (and record)
create your own music library
integrate music into your daily routines - housework, exercise etc
join a choir or music group
listen to radio
perform in musicals
play an instrument
take music breaks
You can do these things on your own, as part of music therapy with a certified music therapist, and the joy of musical expression in groups and clubs.
Music therapists work with individuals or groups of all ages and backgrounds and use instruments or songs to help people express themselves, deal with overwhelming emotions, improve concentration, and more.
Different notes for different folks
Use music consciously and mindfully strategically throughout the day to control your moods and emotions. When I ran my own hotel I was in charge of music and would carefully select music for different times - early even was slightly more Scottish (the hotel was in Scotland and guests appreciated the Scottish touches) and at times up tempo but as the evening wore on the music had changed to more soft jazz and blues.
If you are consider music for work, for example, then the type of music that you should listen to depends on the type of work that you’re doing. EG
If your work involves numbers or attention to detail, listen to classical music. It is said Mozart is excellent for this.
if your work involves data entry then listen to pop (contemporary) music .
If your work involves solving equations, listen to ambient music.
And if you need to solve problems, listen to dance music. I tune in to German hit parade (Deutsche Schlager Parade) music.
And if you are creating a playlist where it is important to create different emotional states, then consider:
How relaxed do I become using this music?
How happy do I become listening to these songs? (You may choose for the musical tempo or lyrics.)
How does this music help me express my grief? (You may choose more for the lyrics.)
How energetic and vibrant do I become with this music?
How motivated and inspired would I be by this music?
How focused do I feel when I listen to this song?