Music therapy

There is not one day that goes by that I'm not listening to music. Music filled my childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, all the way to today, as I type this, I'm listening. Vinyl records, cassette tapes, CD's, MP3’s, iPod’s, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify. I've experienced the evolution of how music is consumed and how music is shared. Naturally, the experience of live music became part of my life at a very early age; it was intoxicating and I was addicted.

I distinctly remember when my family was getting ready to move for the second time from Indianapolis to Boca Raton, Florida when music changed for me. I was 15 years old and my world was rocked, again, and there was nothing I could do to stop it. It was that pivotal point in my life that music became my very best friend and my therapy. It was there for me, soothed me, inspired me, pumped me up, calmed me down, allowed me to release the anger, the sadness, the tears but also brought me incredible joy, happiness and laughter. The spectrum of emotions I experienced was as wide and diverse as the music I listened to. As I’ve grown, developed and evolved into the woman I am today, music has been rooted in every cell of my being, ingrained in every memory; it’s my language and my religion. I feel emotions quite deeply and music is the vehicle for me to express what can sometimes be difficult to put into words. If you want a glimpse into how I’m doing, how I’m feeling, ask me what I’m listening to and you’ll get your answer. The music never stops.

Music IS therapeutic. This article outlines some of the key benefits, check it out and leave a comment. What does music mean to you? How has it helped you? Do you include it as part of your health regimen?