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The Trans-Sensory Transcendence of Music: Helen Keller’s Electrifying Letter About “Hearing” Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – Brain Pickings

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          I haven’t shared an essay from Brain Pickings lately and this is a good one for reflections on a weekend. We know personally the effect that music has on our spirits; research is telling us more every day. This inspiring essay from Brain Pickings shares how Helen Keller felt after “listening” to Beethoven’s Ninth. The impact of the vibrations alone enabled her to experience the Ode to Joy deeply. There are mysteries still to be discovered about music’s deep powers.

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Source: The Trans-Sensory Transcendence of Music: Helen Keller’s Electrifying Letter About “Hearing” Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – Brain Pickings

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How ambient music can help ease the trauma of the ICU | Aeon Essays

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***The Healing Power of Music Series: Music in the ICU***

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          Music is being accepted more and more as a “powerful therapeutic medium” by doctors and hospitals around the world. Today’s post brings us the story of how a group of physicians and musicians is bringing ambient music to the ICU at University College London hospital. ICU’s are among the most traumatic places in the world for the patients; they arr long overdue for an innovative redesign. This is one step in the right direction. Thank you, Aeon Essays, for this story.

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Musicians without Borders – War Divides, Music Connects

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               Musicians without Borders is based in Amsterdam and has been working since 19999 with communities and especially children to help them recover from the traumatic stress of war, displacement, and natural disasters.They work over the longer term not only to provide music for healing but also to train local community music leaders to continue the work. Explore their website to learn more about this important work. They are a “Beacon of Hope” organization.

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Sleep better and replace painkillers with the medicinal power of music | WIRED UK

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          Across the world more and more physicians and other medical professionals are coming to understand the immense possibilities for healing of music. Wired Health tells the story of how music as medicine is helping people with sleep issues and introduces the Sync Project as a new venture in research on the power of music.

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Source: Sleep better and replace painkillers with the medicinal power of music | WIRED UK

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Exploring the Mechanisms of Music Therapy | The Scientist Magazine®

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          Music has a powerful influence on our lives in many ways, not the least being its healing power. In today’s post the Scientist Magazine looks at three basic principles of neuroplasticity of the brain to understand why music therapy works in treating various types of disease.  The article is well worth reading and sharing.

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Source: Exploring the Mechanisms of Music Therapy | The Scientist Magazine®

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The Neuroscience of Singing

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***Music and Health Series: Why Singing Is Good for You***

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          Music is one of the best natural medicines; singing is a form of music open to all of us. We sing in the shower; we sing in the choir, in choruses, along with the music we are playing. Today’s post offers insight into why singing is so good for us from the perspective of science. UPLIFT brings together in an enlightening essay some of the important ways in which singing can improve our health.

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“Singing has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and strengthen human connection. Science can now tell us why.”

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Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble builds bridges between cultures one note at a time | The Japan Times

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          Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble is one of the most extraordinary groups pf musicians in the world. Over the years it has transformed itself in many ways and is a continually moving bridge unifying people across the world. Today’s post is from the Japan Times and discusses the Ensemble’s recent performances in Japan.

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“Even before the Grammy award for best world music album was announced during a pre-telecast ceremony on Feb. 12, Haruka Fujii was awestruck.”

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Was the First Song a Lullaby?

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          I am always fascinated by essays exploring the origins of music for music is such an incredible power in our lives. Today’s post is an interesting report on the possibility that the very first music was a lullaby. A great read for the first day of the new month.

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“Two Harvard University researchers put forward an intriguing hypothesis.”

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4 ways music is influencing your mind | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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          This is an oldie but goody,  brief but oh so interesting essay on some of the effects that music has in our lives. Thanks again this morning to Mother Nature Network.

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“Music can make wine taste better and give your romantic signals a fighting chance.”

Source: 4 ways music is influencing your mind | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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What is sound therapy? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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            Sound Therapy goes beyond what we consider music, although formal music is where it begins in our minds and perceptions. This post from Mother Nature Network is a splendidly comprehensive overview of the impact of music in our lives; it includes a series of audios and videos so you can sample different kinds of music to see what affects you most.

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“Sound therapy can create a calming effect that quiets outside noise and allows the mind to flourish.”

Source: What is sound therapy? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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