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CountryMouse
04-12-2012, 05:40 AM
I'm sure we all know this and experience it, but it's good to read this anyway (and if this is on the wrong board, please move it, mods! :) )

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/music-and-health-11-ways-body-mind_n_1413241.html?ref=healthy-living

Mousie

hoosierhiver
04-12-2012, 06:13 AM
Found this yesterday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ

PoiDog
04-12-2012, 07:33 AM
Very cool story about Henry.

Funny, but the whole "power of music" thing seems so intuitive it's almost shocking that it's only now being discovered and validated.

southcoastukes
04-12-2012, 09:05 AM
Found this yesterday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ

Very nice, Mike. Here it is:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ


Music has benefits in so many situations. A very sad event for our family this week. Have been listening to this:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxJx0-4TsKQ

SuzukHammer
04-12-2012, 10:08 AM
I enjoyed the Henry video and decided to share it on Facebook with family and friends just in case I ever get catatonic, they can play some Maroon 5, Cars or whatever and - if I can still hear, hopefully music will give me the same thing it has given Henry.

I just started playing modes - I never understood how to apply them. awesome stuff. Music is like a pandora's box.

CountryMouse
04-13-2012, 04:46 PM
Found this yesterday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ

Oh, this is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing this!

Mousie

itsme
04-13-2012, 05:41 PM
Found this yesterday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ
Wow, that was really touching!

Years ago I was with a Christmas caroling group that played nursing homes. After the program in the rec room, the rest of the singers moved on to sing down the hallways and in the rooms of those who weren't able to make it. I stayed behind and played some songs on my classical guitar.

After I was done, a lady came up to me to thank me. She said her father (whose bed had been wheeled into the rec room) hadn't shown any emotion or been communicative in a long time. She said while I was playing, he squeezed her hand and started to cry. I will never forget that and feel honored that my playing, humble as it was, could actually move someone.

CountryMouse, I think most of us here will attest that music can have therapeutic benefits. I have read some studies lately that say actually playing a musical instrument can help avoid avoid mental decline because it actively engages the brain to a degree more passive activities (like watching tv) don't.

My mother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers (she's 83). Almost every night of her life, from after dinner until bedtime, she did nothing but watch tv. It's been sad to watch her decline. :(

CountryMouse
04-13-2012, 05:51 PM
Wow, that was really touching!

Years ago I was with a Christmas caroling group that played nursing homes. After the program in the rec room, the rest of the singers moved on to sing down the hallways and in the rooms of those who weren't able to make it. I stayed behind and played some songs on my classical guitar.

After I was done, a lady came up to me to thank me. She said her father (whose bed had been wheeled into the rec room) hadn't shown any emotion or been communicative in a long time. She said while I was playing, he squeezed her hand and started to cry. I will never forget that and feel honored that my playing, humble as it was, could actually move someone.

CountryMouse, I think most of us here will attest that music can have therapeutic benefits. I have read some studies lately that say actually playing a musical instrument can help avoid avoid mental decline because it actively engages the brain to a degree more passive activities (like watching tv) don't.

My mother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers (she's 83). Almost every night of her life, from after dinner until bedtime, she did nothing but watch tv. It's been sad to watch her decline. :(

Oh, that is so good that your music could help that gentleman!

I'm sorry to hear about your mother. :( You better betcha I'm gonna keep playing my ukulele and other instruments! I do NOT want to go into any mental decline! Cat'r is always making me learn new board games and card games too. Collecting and playing games, especially imports, are his hobby. I used to HATE trick-taking games, but I've gotten much better over the years! Also, playing games is a nice social activity. We used to all go off to our separate computers. Then when Cat'r started collecting games, we started being more of a family again. :)

Mousie

itsme
04-13-2012, 08:01 PM
You better betcha I'm gonna keep playing my ukulele and other instruments! I do NOT want to go into any mental decline! Cat'r is always making me learn new board games and card games too. Collecting and playing games, especially imports, are his hobby. I used to HATE trick-taking games, but I've gotten much better over the years! Also, playing games is a nice social activity. We used to all go off to our separate computers. Then when Cat'r started collecting games, we started being more of a family again. :)
Oh, yeah, you can bet I'm going to keep on playing, too! :)

Who is Cat'r, your husband?

I remember the pre-internet days when games meant card or board games. My favorites were Yahtzee and Scrabble.

estreya
04-14-2012, 07:44 AM
Mousie, if you haven't seen the movie, The Music Never Stopped, you might enjoy it (it touches upon the music as therapy theme):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Music_Never_Stopped