“Music can truly be therapy and help you get through the emotional roller coasters of life. Chances are, if you’re going through something that is putting your emotions on alert – someone else has been there before and sung about it!”-SingSnap newsletter 4/26/2023
It’s hard to remain sad when you are singing, even singing a sad song. Neil diamond in his “Song Sung Blues” song expresses this thought.
Martha Graham, (Double Strung Harpist🎵 Certified Therapeutic Musician – CCM), on Instagram as HarpPeaceGiver gives examples of her therapy work with music. here is one example:
A friend who has been ill while helping a sick daughter and trying to run her house and her daughter’s at the same time wrote me today and said life had been hectic which has prevented her from listening in to our favorite karaoke site recordings, said:
“…. still waiting to be called in for surgery. getting a little worse by the day and more painful so I’ve been slacking lol…I’ll listen …tonight once everyone is in bed and I have a few moments….”
My response was the following:
I can understand about life’s demand. sorry about the pain and delayed surgery. Bee Armstrong of Louisiana is my Si ng Snap patron. Though she doesn’t work at nursing now, she has for years been an in-home health nurse to the elderly. And she understands the benefits of music and health. For years she’s used Sing Snap song recordings to benefit her elderly and infirm patients.
Also, a sister-in-law of my younger brother is a music therapist for the elderly.
Today on Instagram, I watched a clip by Arturo Chaconc-Cruz where he talked about Vicent Ferandez Gomez saying that “that song and music are the “dry cleaner for the soul” … You have to clean sadness with music.” We clean out the mess we have inside of us.
I believe he was right.
it’s hard to be sad when you are singing, even a sad song.
So who was Vicente Fernández Gómez (17 February 1940 – 12 December 2021)?
He was a Mexican singer, actor, and film producer. Nicknamed “Chente” (short for Vicente), “El Charro de Huentitán” (The Charro from Huentitán), “El Ídolo de México” (The Idol of Mexico), and “El Rey de la Música Ranchera” (The King of Ranchera Music), Fernández started his career as a buskar (a person who performs music or other entertainment in the street or another public place for monetary donations), and went on to become a cultural icon, having recorded more than 50 albums and contributing to more than 30 films. His repertoire consisted of rancheras and other Mexican classics.
Fernández’s work earned him three Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammy Awards, fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time. In 2016, Fernández retired from performing live, although he continued to record and publish music.
I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know that I recently published a very comprehensive blog post titled “ How Music Helps with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Music Therapy” While browsing your site, I noticed you linked to a same topic – page from this page http://singingasong.net/2013/12/.
I believe my piece is more comprehensive, (Almost 6000 words – 10 hours of research & writing) updated and quotes trustable sources.
Given your experience I would love to know your opinion on the article. And if you’ll find it useful, please consider referencing it from your post, or perhaps mentioning it in your future writing.
I was reading email this morning and came across this:
“Anxiety — that feeling of dread, fear, worry and panic — is certainly nothing new. Hippocrates wrote about it in the fourth century BCE. As did Søren Kierkegaard in the 1860s. And Sigmund Freud addressed the disorder in 1926.
However, jump to the present and we’re seeing a significant uptick — especially with youth. Pharmaceutical drugs tend to be the classic treatment for treating anxiety (as well as the biggest money maker). Cognitive therapy is a common approach as well.
Those with a holistic bent often turn to meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Music therapy has also been used with some success.
But now neuroscientists in the U.K. have zeroed in on a single song that results in a dramatic 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety…”
“Listening to This One Song Reduces Anxiety by 65 Percent, Neuroscientists Discover
Anxiety — that feeling of dread, fear, worry and panic — is certainly nothing new. Hippocrates wrote about it in the fourth century BCE. As did Søren Kierkegaard in the 1860s. And Sigmund Freud addressed the disorder in 1926. However, jump to the present and we’re seeing a significant uptick — especially with youth.
Pharmaceutical drugs tend to be the classic treatment for treating anxiety. Cognitive therapy is a common approach as well. Those with a holistic bent often turn to meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Music therapy has also been used with some success. But now neuroscientists in the U.K. have zeroed in on a single song that results in a dramatic 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety…
Anxiety and Generation Y
A 2013 survey found that 57 percent of American female university students reported episodes of “overwhelming anxiety.” And in the United Kingdom, the charity YouthNet discovered a third of young women — and one in ten young men — suffer from panic attacks.
Marjorie Wallace, CEO of the charity Sane, believes that generation Y (those born in the 1980s and 1990s) is the age of desperation. “Growing up has always been difficult, but this sense of desperation? That’s new,” she says.
Writes Rachael Dove in Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y:
“So, what’s going on? The rise of technology, overly-protective parenting and “exam-factory” schooling are among the reasons psychologists suggest for our generational angst. Another, brought up on multiple occasions by my peers and by psychologists I spoke to, is the luxury (as ungrateful as it sounds) of too much choice.”
Pieter Kruger, a London-based psychologist, says research indicates that people who feel they don’t have a choice are actually more resilient — mainly because they can blame life or others if they make a wrong decision. However, if you have a range of choices, you have no one to blame but yourself. “We become much more obsessive because we want to make the right decision every time,” he says.
“I spend a lot of time worrying about what I am going to do with my life. Previous generations had choice taken out of their hands. If you are told what to do it takes the pressure away.”
In our modern era, decision making can trigger a type of paralysis. Often, we will obsessively research the many different options for, say, a pair of shoes. Eventually, information overload will kick in and shut the whole shopping venture down, leaving us exhausted and guilty for being crippled by such a seemingly simple task.
Technology also contributes to the rise of anxiety. A good number of millennials feel exposed without their smartphones — and are rarely without them. Mobile gadgets tend to be their window to the world and foster a sense of connectedness. But there’s a dark side to feeling the need to keep on top of what everyone is doing on social media — otherwise known as Fomo, or the Fear of Missing Out.
“Fomo is very real and can be a constant addiction that affects anxiety levels and a general sense of wellbeing,” says Kruger.
Besides revamping our lifestyles and limiting exposure to social media — and learning to work with a sometimes overwhelming abundance of choice — neuroscientists have found listening to a specially designed song can have a profound influence over our levels of anxiety.
The Creation of the Ultimate Anti-Stress Music
Researchers at Mindlab International in the U.K. wanted to know what kind of music induces the greatest state of relaxation. The study involved having participants try to solve difficult puzzles — which inherently triggered a certain degree of stress — while connected to sensors. At the same time, participants listened to a range of songs as researchers measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing.
Interestingly, the song was specifically designed to induce this highly relaxed state. Created by Marconi Union, the musicians teamed up with sound therapists to carefully arrange harmonies, rhythms and bass lines, which in turn slow a listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol.
In fact, the music is so effective, that many of the female participants became drowsy — to the point where lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to it while driving.
But don’t take their word for it. Experience it for yourself here:
Carolanne Wright enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years.
Through her website Thrive-Living.net, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. You can also follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.”
I have a grandson who has had anxiety alter his life’s course.
A neighbor man across the street has been at home, disabled for most of his adult life because of this type of anxiety.
New video Music Helps With ALZHEIMER Patient –Spanish
“He will forget many things like the names of their children, but the music, the emotions and love will last till the end… All against Alzheimer’s disease”.-Editorial Dech on Facebook February 9, 2016.
Produced by Música para “Despertar”
Somos un equipo de jóvenes psicólogos voluntarios que hemos dado la vuelta al mundo mostrando los beneficios de la música en el ALZHEIMER, ya que la memoria musical y las emociones son de las últimas capacidades en perderse. Ahora necesitamos vuestra ayuda. Nuestra misión: concienciar, sensibilizar, formar y expandir la MÚSICA como herramienta y el AMOR como camino, para el manejo de los trastornos del comportamiento (agitación, agresividad…) complementando la terapia farmacológica.
We are a team of young psychologists volunteers who have been around the world showing the benefits of music in Alzheimer as the musical memory and emotion are the latest capabilities to be lost. Now we need your help. Our mission: to educate, sensitize, train and expand MUSIC LOVE as a tool and as a way to manage behavioral disorders (agitation, aggression …) supplementing drug therapy.
A little about Mckenna: Thanks! Your site is great! I’m a singer as well, taking lessons and it is my life. Which, obviously is why I chose to do my research on this topic. …. I need a a lot more responses, and spreading the word would really help! Thanks again!
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