Can music have the power to heal? As I am sitting here listening to Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”, I can’t help but to think about the terrible things that are happening. The horrific Boston Marathon attack makes us search for healing and going back to normal. Do we ever heal or do we find ways to make a new normal? Sometimes at our most vulnerable there can be little ways, step-by-step, to give a few moments of hope and reflection.
Sometimes it is the music or lyrics, and most often both combined.
Scientists are trying to figure out what’s going on in our brains when we listen to music and how it produces such potent effects on the psyche.
“We’re using music to better understand brain function in general,” said Daniel Levitin, a prominent psychologist who studies the neuroscience of music at McGillUniversity in Montreal.
Three studies published this month explore how the brain responds to music. The research continues on to find out what chemical processes occur when we listen to music is far from over.
You and I know how music can affect us. Pleasing music can help energy that flows through our bodies and promote well-being and health, enhance stress-relief and bring us back into harmony with the universe. Keep music in your life, what ever you do and where do you go, no matter who you are.
Every feeling, including sadness, fear, happiness, finds relief in music. If you are in trouble, your radio will drive you into some comfort. If your sad, the right song can help you get out those tears or cheer you up.
Have you ever been somewhere and a song that reminds you of person or event in your life comes on. The feeling can be overwhelming.
I have a song that always reminds me of my 9-day old daughter, Brooke, that passed away. Garth Brooks “The Dance”. I held my baby in my arms and rocked her while she took her last breathes. As I left the hospital I thought I was going to die. We got in the car and “The Dance” was playing on the radio. There has been many times I think of her and then than song comes on 8-years later.
Music is one of the most powerful things to me. When I’m unable to write or express or articulate what my heart and my mind are trying to say; I can find the perfect song where just the notes and the way they flow, can say exactly where I’m at for that moment.
Music is an expression and bond we all share. It’s powerful.
John Denver said it all with his words: