Farther Along

By Ingrid Wood on March 30, 2015


Music and health have come up in a number of different ways recently, so I decided to pay attention. 

Last week I was on the phone with my mom and after the updates on family and health issues, she asked how it’s going with playing piano. I told her I haven’t done much of it in the last few weeks and she urged me to get back to it. “It’s good for you” she said. Yes, it is. I only recently got a piano again (for free, thank you Lenora!) and once I started practicing and playing I realized how much of an expression it is.  Even not being all that great at it yet, I had a lot of fun recording my goof ups and posting them here on Melody Fusion.

Yesterday, I talked with a writer friend of mine who lives in Canada – one of my other gigs.  She is typing up a book written by her sister in law in the 70’s and said there are quotes of songs in the manuscript that they may have to take out because of copyright. Apparently they talked with a lawyer who said it would cost them something like $500 per quote… and they don’t have the money for that. (I may get some more information on that for a blog entry)

She said that it was a shame, because music is such a big part of our lives. That it creates a stage, it sets a mood, it paints a picture of the times and cultures, and that music had played a big part in her healing her own trauma. That peaked my interest. About a month ago, I posted with Michel Arthur Klaassen from the Netherlands, who is working on a concept band with people who have been traumatized, and needs help getting this off the ground...

Then a tweet showed up “Andrew McMahon: A Musical Prodigy, Cancer Survivor and Millennial Saver”, which is quite a story about this young musician. It is also a Forbes articles and goes into business tips, for those of you interested.

"The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest nonchemical medication." - Oliver Sacks, Awakenings

Personally, I have playlists and albums on my phone that are my go-to for when I need a break, support, or simply collect myself. My most listened to track on my phone is ‘Farther Along’ by Josh Garrels (Love and War and the Sea In Between), which has carried me through a lot of turmoil over the past couple of years. I worked in Disaster Recovery for a while and would drive to locations and just play the track in my car, over and over again and sing, sing, sing.

"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

I don’t listen to music while I work, unlike some other people I know. I tend to want to get lost while listening to music and let it take me away from here. I will listen to music while I clean house, or when fixing a longer or intricate meal – I fix crepes every Sunday morning.  I used to listen to the Best of Fleetwood Mac when walking my couple of miles.  I also would take my son when he was a baby and hold him in my arms and dance to Latin music. However, I don’t listen to music when I’m writing a business plan outline, marketing report or in-depth email.  And, I’m not always in the mood to listen to my son’s dubstep in the car. Sometimes I need quiet and think; pay attention to that still little voice in my head.

"I think music in itself is healing.  It's an explosive expression of humanity.  It's something we are all touched by.  No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." ~ Billy Joel

Given the internet geek I am, I decided to do a little googling research, and there are only about a billion-and-a-half results! ;p  There is plenty of scientific research out there, you can read all about IgA and hormone levels in the links below, but I’m not going to recap all of those results. I’m interested in your personal stories.

What do you listen to when you need a boost? When you are in pain? When you are happy? Contemplative? Bellow along in the car? How has music supported you in your health?

All these things leave me wondering... Could we collectively create something here on Melody Fusion to get us all Farther Along?  What say yeah?  Leave a comment here!

A handful of links with more scientific info:

More quotes: http://artdrum.com/MUSIC_QUOTES_HEALTH.HTM

Think I'll take a music bath now. Soak it up! ~Ingrid

 * image borrowed from http://www.caseychoir.com.au/about-us.php

Michel Arthur Klaassen, Graauw

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over 2 years ago

Thank You Ingrid , here are a few video`s from our first sessions unpublished until tonight for the people to see also on my page http://youtu.be/K2l4guLPKfQ http://youtu.be/6kcEL10nIoo thak you again


Michel Arthur Klaassen, Graauw

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over 2 years ago

An other example for autistic kids http://www.stichtingpapageno.nl musical therapies


Rob Darby, Oakley

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over 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing these thoughts, Ingrid. To quote Vangelis (who may have been quoting someone else), "Music is the language of the soul." A few years back, I read a book titled, "Musicophelia," which explained the profound impact music can have on those who have suffered brain injuries(an interesting read). In the early '90's, Rick Wakeman released a series of instrument synth albums (Search: Aspirant) as part of his involvement with research on the ability of music to help seriously ill patients. The music takes into consideration the effects of melody, tempo, and harmonic movement and focuses on the elements that have the most positive effects. The result is very relaxing, strongly melodic music. I take a dose of it sometimes when I'm having trouble sleeping. Good stuff (and no side effects).


Ingrid Wood, Brielle

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over 2 years ago

Michel, Rob, thank you for sharing. I'll check these things out.