December 1, 2015

Be Thankful for Music

Tess Pulver

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Because Thanksgiving has past, it is a time to reflect on your blessings, such as family, parents, children, business opportunities, food, shelter, safety, our service men and women, law enforcement, first responders, hospital personnel, faith, freedom to practice our religion or say what we wish, and more. But, have you considered thanking God for music?

Music is such a part of life that most people take it for granite. However, music does so much for our society that it shouldn’t be ignored. Here are some ways music has shaped our lives and why we need to be thankful for it.

  1. It has been well-documented in medical journals how music helps patients in a number of areas. For example, recent research has shown that music is helping Alzheimer patients fend off the disease. One caregiver reported that when her mother started heading into the Sundowning phase at night, she would play her mother’s favorite music, which would ease her anxiety and help her transition to night time. Her mother didn’t always remember that the music was her favorite, but some part of her body recognized it and calmed down. Colleges now offer a music therapy course that combines music with medical training. The therapy is used for babies through geriatric conditions and everything in between. It helps autistic children and others who seem to be in their own world. Music also helps depressed patients.
  2. Playing music to babies while they sleep has been proven to increase their intelligence and learning abilities as they get older. Music also teaches them a number of tough concepts. Many mnemonic devices involve putting something to music to help people remember the concepts, especially if they are confusing. Music helps people grasp tough ideas and remember them for tests and beyond. The more music is played in a background the more people absorb what they are reading or studying.
  3. Economics. It’s no accident that stores play music while you shop. You might not like what you hear, but studies show that the music keeps people in the store and buying. Marketers have figured out exactly what music works best to entice people to spend more on their products. At Christmastime, the stores will play nonstop Christmas music even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. However, visit a store in July, you will hear soft music playing in the background. The retailers pick music that is soft and soothing. They won’t play harsh music unless they want you to buy something related to that type of music. Regardless of the time of year, music plays an important role in our economy. Even real estate agents suggest you play classical music during a home showing to help people embrace your home more and want to purchase it. Car dealers also play music while you test-drive a car.
  4. Joy. Music reaches down into your soul. It doesn’t matter what type of music you like. Just listening to the music brings joy to your heart. Have you noticed on the street, you will hear a number of different radio stations in every car that passes. That’s because people love playing music in their car. It relaxes them while they are driving, especially if you are stuck in traffic or in a stressful problem on the road. The joy you feel helps you get through the stressful drive.
  5. Personal Development. Music is necessary if you want to transcend your existence into a better you. Certain songs and lyrics speak to your worries, fears and problems. If you pay attention to what the music is trying to tell you, you will improve your life. Your fears will disappear. Breakthrough Performance Workshop uses singing to help people break the barriers holding them back. They grow as a result. The company takes you on a two-month musical journey that transforms you. It ends with a concert on stage.
  6. Recording History. Since the dawn of time, music has been a way to pass down the stories the ancestors wanted you to know. Before computers, history was recorded through music and stories.
  7. Fighting for Freedom. Throughout history, Americans used music to fight for freedom. During the Revolutionary War, the colonials had the fife and drum corps play music to promote freedom from British tyranny. In the Civil War, the slaves used music to help them get through the long days of working in the plantation fields. The songs became a way to fight for their freedom. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pushed for civil rights, he did it with music and spirituals.

 

As you can see, music is a strong part of our lives. You should be thankful for all that it does to help you.

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