Music Therapy 1

Music therapy, as defined by yours truly:

Music that, by individual taste and selection, is good for the mind, heart, and soul, restoring balance to thoughts, body systems, attitude, and outlook.

Music regenerates the mind and body, contributes to creativity, or both.

Health

  • Certain songs can be used to synchronize with your mood/feelings and help you to reflect and process life’s problems and events, or appreciate and celebrate them.
  • Music is a form of meditation.

How and Why Music Therapy Promotes Health Music affects brain waves, breathing and heart rate, state of mind, and can boost immunity and health.

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Writing

  • Certain songs can be used to synchronize with character and plot in your story and help you to write it. (NaNoWriMo authors typically list writing music in their profiles.)

Music is potentially the strongest natural drug.

A love of music

I’m very particular about what I like and spend time listening to, but my musical tastes cover an atypically wide range of genres: rock, symphonic metal, classical, new age, electronic, dance, world music, Celtic, theatre, folk, ethnic, Spanish guitar, music of the Andes–to name the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

My wealth is in my health: music has helped me through a lot.

Today’s music selection is not relaxation music. It’s what I call active listening music that feeds and hydrates a person.

Hoobastank’s 2015 rehearsal of Disappear is rejuvenating. Usually, I prefer to just listen to music, but in this case, it is meaningful to see the band in a rehearsal setting and watch how each musician plays his part. Doug Robb’s voice is incredible. The vocal harmony, guitars, and drums are a real treat. Since this is an extended play, we get an extra minute of instrumental after 5:00.

My thanks to Hoobastank for posting this video on YouTube.

What kind of music do you like to listen to? What does music do for you? Let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you!

DISAPPEAR (2015 Rehearsal) — Hoobastank

(Length 6:11)

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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14 Responses to Music Therapy 1

  1. vinnieh says:

    I love listening to music. It really does have a significant emotional impact and is universal in what it achieves.

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  2. I choose different types of music to listen to depending on my mood or what task I am performing. Upbeat can propel more physical actions and mellow for relaxing, reading or writing.

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  3. nataliaspics says:

    I love this post and I am the same way! Music is my therapy and helps keep me going when I feel that I can’t. I listen to a wide variety as well, some including rock, alternative, reggae, and instrumental. Instrumental is my go-to when it comes to writing.

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    • Thanks for your input, Natalia. “Keeps me going when I feel that I can’t” — well put.

      Oh, yes, instrumental. I forgot to list that one! Instrumental is a good one for writing because it uses a part of the brain that doesn’t conflict with words (as lyrics would). I find, though, that I am so activated by music that I find it a distraction nonetheless. I create to music, but write to silence. Somehow, that works.

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      • nataliaspics says:

        Yes, that is so true! I find myself writing to instrumental due to the lack of lyrics to distract me, but sometimes I have to shut it off because the music itself is so captivating! It is a vicious cycle. When my work has to do with math, I am usually fine with vocals in a song. I saw from previous posts that you listen to Breaking Benjamin? They are one of my favorites!

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      • I’m glad someone else is so observant about music!

        Isn’t that interesting that when you do math you are fine with vocals? Different parts of the brain are used. (Also, if you’re really good at math or it’s more computational work, it can be done with less brain power.) I find brain stuff fascinating, especially how it relates to math, music, and words.

        Breaking Benjamin — yes, I am a real fan. I love the voice and music.

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      • nataliaspics says:

        Yes, it is so interesting! I think the way the brain works is so weird yet really cool to learn about. The fact that it is easier to listen to vocals while doing math than while writing (using the more creative side) especially fascinates me. If I am ever writing while listening to music with vocals, I end up accidentally writing down the lyrics!!
        That is cool that you are a Breaking Benjamin fan as well! 🙂

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