“Simply put, music can heal people.” Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
According to my iTunes counter, I played Natasha Bedingfield’s “Happy” 51 times the first month of my unemployment. The words reminded me to be grateful for the simple things, my dreams, my life, my friends and each time I began to feel myself spiral, I’d let Bedingfield’s voice and the upbeat tempo of the music take me to another space.
Music therapy is a fusion of art and science and has grown in popularity, with over 5000 music therapists practicing in United States. Music changes our mood, helps us express our feelings, we relax to music and we share our memories with it as well. Music connects us emotionally and socially. Music therapy has been proven to stimulate the immune system, and helps with the physical rehabilitation of those who have suffered from stroke or live with Parkinson’s disease.
Here are some ways to add more music to your life:
- Wake up to music – find what soothes you or gets you going in the morning. The right music can set your mood for the rest of the day.
- Use music to meditate – yes, close your laptop, turn off your cell phone and spend twenty minutes just listening to music.
- Sample some new music – you don’t have to go out and buy it, try the library, they rent music CD’s. Like I told the Tween-let, Beethoven was the Jonas Brothers of his day.
- Use music to distract you – Had a bad day? Rock out, rap out, or let the blues carry you through; sometimes music can put into words or melody what you can’t.
Recently I made a musical self-portrait, a soundtrack of my life. I thought about the music I would play at various points in my life, falling in love, breaking up, life’s okay, the battle scenes, and final credits. How about you? What’s the soundtrack to your life?
– Aunt B