Thursday, December 28, 2006

Post-holiday wrap-up

You may think that it goes without saying, but I had a great holiday and I loved pretty much all of the music that I heard, sang or played! Last night about 10 PM I was returning home from the fitness center and I decided to put my Christmas CD that I made for myself into the car CD player one more time. Before I did that, I was hot, sweaty and tired. After about 10 minutes I realized that I was singing away on "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," and not feeling a bit tired or sleepy. In the past I might have been drinking a Coke (Diet Coke!) or eating something for energy but last night I realized I had not put a thing in my mouth and was feeling great! So now we have a new use for music...weight loss aid! Enjoy the rest of your week and let me know how YOU did with your music!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

How does holiday music affect you?

I think that just about everybody has some kind of music that they really like. Every culture that we know about has created music of some kind: drumming, chanting, singing and playing of all kinds seem to emerge as people evolve. The music is written for self-expression, for healing or perhaps, for entertainment.

The music we hear at holiday time is very specific and we tend to hear dozens of the same songs over and over. I happen to like most of them but some people (including one of my own daughters!) tell me that they think this music is "cheesy." I take this to mean that people think they are corny, schmaltzy, or even just junk!

I'd be interested to know how holiday music affects you. Do you like it or not and if not, what is your objection? You can post a response to this blog or just email me! Happy Holidays!


Saturday, December 02, 2006

Listen Up: Music Can Ease Pain and Depression

An article on the Healtholgy site had this to say:

People can help relieve chronic pain, depression and feelings of disability by listening to music, according to a recent clinical trial.
Nursing researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio studied 60 volunteers suffering long-term pain from conditions such as arthritis or spinal disc disorders. A third of the subjects were assigned to a control (nontreatment) group. The other 40 were split between two treatment groups: listening to their own favorite recorded music or to music relaxation tapes an hour a day for a week.