Music is the universal language that can bring people of every
race, background and belief together in a shared experience.
Confucius said, "Music produces a kind of pleasure human nature cannot do without."
On one occasion Confucius was so affected by music after listening
to an orchestra that he was unable to taste his food for three months.
Few of us music lovers have experienced such dramatic after-effects
from listening to music, however, there is no question it soothes, inspires
and stirs the intellect and the emotions.
Benefits of Music
The benefits of music and its contribution to personal
growth are immeasurable. It enriches us on so many levels and in
so many aspects it is astonishing. For example:
Music helps the young and old connect with themselves and others by
creativity and cooperation.
reading music has been found to enhance intellectual development by
activating regions of the brain in all four cortex lobes and parts of
to baroque music, such as Johann Pachelbel's Canon or Antonio
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, has been shown to enhance
creativity. It synchronizes brain
waves at about 60 cycles per second, thus increasing alpha wave
activity. The alpha
state produced by this frequency of mind is related to enhanced
creativity and imagination
In the elderly, in fact for all of
us, it helps decrease anxiety, depression and
Music can improve your workout, your brain and lung power
too! If you listen to music while you exercise you'll do more than
without it. The combination of music and exercise also boosts brainpower
more than either alone. One study showed that a bout of exercise
enhanced verbal ability more when accompanied by Vivaldi music.
According to a report in the journal Neuroscience of Behavior
and Physiology music improves productivity by enhancing a
person's ability to recognize visual images, including letters and
numbers faster when music is being played in the background.
Relaxing music induces sleep. Those who suffer from insomnia
find that listening to Bach music can help them fall asleep.
Research has shown that just 45 minutes of relaxing music before
bedtime can make for a wonderfully restful night.
Music and Me
When it comes to my personal taste, I love music ranging from
classical to various rock genres. I even enjoy some of the rap and hip
hop with their different rhythms and beats that young people listen
Each decade from the sixties on has brought new and innovative
bands and artists to be enjoyed. In fact, my husband has been a
musician since he was a young boy and currently plays in a rock and
roll band covering the tunes of the British Sixties bands (Beatles,
Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Burdon and The Animals and more).
Here are some of the genres in music that I love and listen to
Classical - including Symphony, Orchestral, Vocal, Band
Music, Opera, Musical Theatre. Some of my favorite composers are
Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov:
artists include: Yo Yo Ma, Joshua Bell
Jazz - including Free Jazz, Latin Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Big
Band, Contemporary and Pop Jazz.Favorite artists include: John
Coltrane, Stanley Clarke, Dave Brubeck, Chieli Minucci and locally
John Drew and Alexander Zonjic.
New Age - Yanni, John Tesh.
Vocal Artists - Andrea Bocelli,
Celine Dion, and my all time favorite Josh Groban.
Rock - including Alternative, Pop Rock, Rock and Roll, Punk,
New Wave, and some Rap (believe it or not).
Some Favorite Bands/Artists: Chicago, Queen, Jimi Hendrix,
Rolling Stones, U2, ABC, Talk Talk, Live, Alanis Morissette, Sarah
McLachlan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, Outkast, Greenday, Mutemath,
These days there is such a wide variety of wonderful music to be
found so gather a collection of your favorites and allow it to help
you broaden your mental, physical and spiritual horizons.