For many people music is a safe haven, a hobby, and also a distraction; it can be used to have a good time, also to dance or it can pick your mood up when you’re down. When I was at my dance competition last Tuesday I had been really excited from the energy in the concert hall and from being on stage. Even though it was at my lyrical competition and it was a sad song you get a flood of emotion and adrenaline that makes you so happy inside. There are many different things music serves a purpose for, not just to listen to or to dance.  Music is an activity that involves all parts of the brain, its part of many different cultures all over the world and there are many different genres. Some popular genres are country, pop, rap, R&B and also alternative. My favorite would have to be R&B, I know a lot of people that are country all the way, country isn’t my favorite but I can also respect the genre as it has many great music artists behind it and possibly some of the best of the 21-century.


Slow music relaxes people by slowing their breathing and heartbeat down, this is why the music is so relaxingand we often listen to it before we go to bed or even if were upset because it gives that little bit of control and serenity in our life. I know me personally I always listen to music before I go to bed. My mind is always on turbo speed, so it allows me to take a moment and relax. A lot of times music is used to help treat people who have depression, reducing it by at least 25%, according on a paper in the latest UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing. Many people don’t know the great benefits behind music and some of which can have a great impact on the recovery of stroke patients.  These patients in Finland listened to music for a couple of hours each day, their verbal memory and attention span improved magnificently compared to the patients who hadn’t been listening music daily. Music is like running in a lot of ways they both serve great purposes in our physical and mental health, which I find really important considering that osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s runs in my family.



One of the things that I didn’t know is that the human heart would automatically try to synchronize its beat to the rhythm of the song playing. Part of this is why babies always love dancing to music; it’s instinctual for them. I love it when I’m babysitting and I play Barney on Netflix, the kids are so content plus they love dancing along to the music. What else is interesting is music therapy is now more commonly used in hospitals to minimize the need for medication through childbirth. It can reduce pain and complement the use of anesthesia during surgery. Why music helps with the pain is because your body releases endorphins to counteract pain throughout your body. It’s very helpful when needing to be distracted, and it can give someone a sense of control. When I would get migraines, soft, peaceful music helped a lot with taking away the pain and I felt like I had a inside secret of how I didn’t need to take Advil anymore!


I know after finding out all these cool facts I had a new way of looking at music. It aided so many different parts of my life and now it can for you too. This isn’t all music can do, there is so much more out there you just need to take a look. Even when I joined choir a long time ago there was so much energy and sense of connection through the group and also in you. So next time your rocking out to that new hit song, or your at your next choral recital, take a minute to think about what has music done for you in your life.

Written by: Elexis Wadden

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