Once again we are all reminded of how fragile life can be. Last week, our hometown of Nashville and neighboring counties were struck by an EF-3 / EF-4 tornado that brought horrible devastation, loss, and pain to many individuals, families, and businesses. Our community has come together to help those that are in need, cleaning debris and offering assistance. It’s been a powerful sight, and makes us proud to call Tennessee “The Volunteer State”!
But HOW do you recover from tragedy? HOW do you heal the pain? HOW do you heal your soul? There are many ingredients to this, and they all involve healing in our Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual-selves. Today we want to talk about how music can be so important in that step to recovery. Healing Is possible and we are going to learn how the power and simplicity of music can do that for you.
So, how exactly can music heal your soul? Let’s find out:
Now, what exactly is music therapy, and does it work? The University of Minnesota offered this definition saying, “Music therapy touches all aspects of the mind, body, brain, and behavior. Music can provide a distraction for the mind, it can slow the rhythms of the body, and it can alter our mood, which in turn can influence behavior.” There are two different types of therapy which are the “receptive” method which is listening to music and the “active” method which is based on playing musical instruments. According to research, Music Therapy has been proven to be a great option for emotional and metal recovery in times of trauma for absolutely anyone.
If you want to learn the benefits of listening to and playing music does to your brain, watch this quick video: How playing an instrument benefits your brain.
The Song Matters
Have you ever heard a song that makes you feel like you’re on top of the world? Or maybe even a song that breaks your heart even though you’re perfectly fine? Whether we realize it or not, music can change our mood and behavior in just a moment. A certain song with the right note can almost act like a mental “get-away” for someone, and this can be powerful.
Depending on the type of trauma, the music needed can change based on the patient’s needs. It can change from either a soft and calming song to even a loud and upbeat song with a simple melody. Depending on what’s going on in your life, the music you listen to can be effective to the many different kinds of problems that you or someone else might be facing, so choose wisely!
If you’re looking for a piano focused pick-me-up, here’s a great live YouTube playlist you can definitely count on Piano Music Radio.
The River of Calm
If you haven’t heard of The River of Calm yet, you will now! This website is an easy and quick way to get connected and find music that soothes your soul. The River of Calm is based right here in Nashville. Interestingly, founder pianist Ed Bazel is a good friend of Miller Piano Specialists! Bazel’s goal through The River of Calm is to offer viewers with live music, podcasts, and so much more. Ed was a recent guest on our podcast. In that episode, Ed shared his passion as a musician and behind The River of Calm saying, “Music, bottom line, is healing and comforting. It might not cure everything, but it certainly is healing for your soul, your DNA.”
We hope to have given you some insight on “How to let music heal your soul.” If you or anyone you know would like to learn more about music therapy or about learning the piano, visit Millerps.com. To find out more about The River of Calm, visit their website at theriverofcalm.com.