The Healing Power of Music

It is amazing the impact music has on our lives. There are certain songs that you hear that will take you right back to a moment in time, bring back a memory, or make you feel an emotion. It can make you dance, sing, cry, or calm your soul.

I remember my first record player. It was a little red box that looked like a suitcase. I would listen to old Bing Crosby Christmas music or Disney stories that were on vinyl. My much cooler sister would be listening to the dreamy Shaun Cassidy singing “Da Do Ron Ron” (which up until this very moment I thought was the do run run), while I was in my room “Going Coconuts” with Donny and Marie.

When I was 10 I bought my first couple of 45 records. I was singing “Whip it, whip it good” with Devo and making a dance routine to “Another one Bites the Dust” by Queen, which ironically would end up being my future husband’s song choice to play at his funeral someday. At 11 I was dreaming that I would be Jessie’s girl and it wasn’t until years later that I realized Jessie was a friend, a really good friend, and the singer was just trying to steal his girl. Soon after I bought my very first album. It was Reo Speedwagon’s “High Infidelity”. I was taking it on the run and hearing from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another you were messing around. I can guarantee I had no idea what these songs were about but I could sing every lyric.

By the time I was in junior high school I was in love with George Michael and Wham and had their posters covering my walls. I just wanted you to wake me up before you go-go and I knew I was never going to dance again because guilty feet have got no rhythm. I can’t even tell you how deeply I still love “Last Christmas” because I gave you my heart and the very next day you just gave it away…so many tears.

My early years of high school had me switching gears from George and turning to Christian music. I loved Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith taught me that friends were friends forever if the Lords a Lord of them (picture my arms are swaying from side to side). Thirty-five years later I do believe he was right as I am still friends with many from my youth group days.

When I was a senior in high school, I was cruising around town in my friend’s convertible Volkswagen Rabbit listening to Salt-n-Pepa pushing it good, real good. By the late ’80s, Milli Vanilli had me blaming it on the rain…until they broke my heart. After finding out they weren’t truly the singers I decided to go where all broken hearts go…to country music.

Music is more than just a moment in your history. It can have the power to heal. Music stimulates the brain to register reward and pleasure, which is why listening to a favorite song can make you feel happy. Researchers are discovering how music therapy can have a profound effect on people. It can boost your immune system, lower your stress, and help decrease depression. For those going through cancer treatment, it has been shown to have calming qualities as it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It improves the memory of patients with dementia and brain injuries. It has even been shown to help patients undergoing surgery to experience less pain and heal faster.  When my son was very young he would stutter. I had heard that singing could help with stuttering so I encouraged him to sing to me when he had trouble speaking. It worked! I have since learned that in singing, you use your vocal cords, lips, and tongue differently than when you talk.

There is plenty of evidence that music is beneficial to us. So, dust off your old records or just turn on the radio. When you hear your favorite song, you can be thankful that it has just played an important part in your health.

Nothing moves me more than Praise and Worship music. Love this song…

Nothing moves me more than Worship and Praise music!

5 thoughts on “The Healing Power of Music

  1. I love this blog! I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing picturing you and all your memories! It triggered me to remember all those times of myself and hearing those first favorites on vinyl repeat. Glad my eyes where better back then.Even to this day when I hear a song I haven’t how it makes you feel happy!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. BROVO!! Great blog!!!! With your choices of music I learned so much about you..
    If we only knew what we were listening to.
    My first two purchased songs. Joan Jett I love rock and roll..
    Why doesn’t her name matter???And if they are going back home to be alone why did you put another dime in the juke box? That is a triple scoop of ice cream at Thifty!
    And Kiss God of thunder.
    Not sure what is more disturbing.
    That we thought the lyrics were.
    I will make you smell your unders?
    When it was the spell your under will slowly rob your virgin soul.
    Yet still today I hear those songs and they make me smile.

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  3. Today’s blog really made me smile!! Music does bring back so many fun memories!! Just played a game with my kids kind of like name that tune and I killed them in the 80’s section!! I have found that worship music now soothes my soul when I feel anxious or discouraged!! Thank you for your funny wit!! It blessed my day!!😊

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