Music – Healing and Soothing the Soul

Can you imagine a world without music? I think it would be dull and leave a large hole. We’d probably have a feeling that something was missing. Like most people, I enjoy music and here are some things I have discovered about it.

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  • It uplifts the spirit – can put you in happy or lighter mood immediately.
  • Music can heal – It's used as an effective therapy making a connection with people whose brains have shut down. More
  • It get's rid of boredom. Example listening to music while on a long flight or on the train and it makes it a pleasant journey too.
  • Music brings back memories that can either make you smile or a bit teary. It’s strange how you hear a song and it brings back memories of a relationship or makes your remember a certain person / situation. “Dance with my Father Again” – Luther Vandross always makes me miss my Dad and recall lots of memories.

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(Lyrics)

Mariah “Through the Rain”

"I can make it through the rain, I can stand up once again
On my own and I know that I'm strong enough to mend
and everytime I feel afraid, I hold tighter to my faith
and live one more day and I make though the rain".

  • Music can be good exercise. Dancing can definitely shift a few pounds.
  • It can help you see the other side of people. Example, at Christmas parties – particularly all the Big Bosses in companies and you think to yourself “well. I never knew the CEO could really boogie.” It’s nice to see them let their hair down.
  • Music can inspire – some lyrics are so touching. One of my favourites would be Mariah Carey (I can make it through the rain) or Lee Anne Womack (I hope you dance). Phil Perry (In the Morning – Father’s Lullaby)

 

(Lyrics)

Phil Perry “In the morning”

"Without a warning, life lets a storm in, don’t be afraid, you’d be okay in the morning."

"You should have no doubt, How things will work out, your present flight, you’ll be alright in the morning."

I enjoy all sorts of music – except for the head banging rock ones.

Instrumental - Driving to work most days, I play Kenny G (instrumental Sax) it keeps me calm and stops me from getting angry with people who trafficate after they have made a turning.

African Music – definitely at weekends. It’s very happy music and sort of wakes you up. This motivates me to do the housework at weekends, sort of puts me on "fast forward."

The Oldies – Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, The Carpenters. My mum liked the Carpenters and played it a lot. I sang along with the lyrics on the cover and before my Teens could sing most of the songs on my own.

Bollywood Music – I have the music from the movie Fanaa and others on my mobile. It’s funny that I can sing along as I’ve listened to them several times but, I don’t know what I’m saying (except for the fact that it’s a love song and sounds nice).

Xtian Worship Music

Xtian music – I like listening to in the mornings when I’m getting ready. The Integrity Collection is really nice.

Upbeat (RnB) – If I have my friends kids for the day. I play music they can dance to or sing along to if they are in the car.

So what does music do for you? Does it inspire you? Make you happy? Make you feel on top of the world? or do you actually like composing yours?

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading.

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jdove-miller 6 years ago

I am a music fan also. My favorites are gospel and R&B, though I listen to and like many other genres. Gospel helps me feel connected to the spiritual energy of the universe and disconnect from my ego somewhat. I listen for my story in R&B. Thanks for your post.


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Pete Maida 6 years ago

Music is a very important part of the world. Music also helps you get through chores. I always have my Walkman when I cut the grass.

Playing music gives you a great feeling. You don't have to have a great talent for it; I'm probably one of the worst guitar players but I really enjoy it.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Music is a huge part of my life. From Classical, Jazz, R&B, Rock and even a little bit of Country, I love it all. I have some sort of music on all day. (Don't watch much TV, unless the World Cup is on!) :) Music can definitely set or change your mood. Thanks Lady E, Ciao!


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tio12 6 years ago from Indonesia

I agree with your opinion, for me music is something that can make our lives more alive, by listening to music and playing music that can change our individual become a better person.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I couldn't imagine what the world would be without music. Thank you for this comprehensive hub.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Lady E , I am an absolute music psycho ! Rock , jazz , country and classical when I gotta chill out. I have a ridicuous CD collection. Big R&B guy here too !


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Lady_E

Music does touch the soul. I see we enjoy similar genres. I enjoy Kenny G - he is good for a house full of company. A friend from Ghana recently downloaded some African Christian music I enjoy. there is not much music that I don't like... Music inspires me and moves me and teaches me. When I read your first sentence my thought was that a world without music would be lonely. great hub...

CS


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

PS seeing me dance may have you running in fear !


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Afishen 6 years ago

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This is a rater deep subject and has many ave. I have not fully researched. It is true that music can sooth and is mentioned in early biblical writings.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

I have recently found a huge appreciation for Bollywood music. The stories it tells can be emotional and in particular I enjoy watching the traditional dancing that, on occassion acompanies it. The hand configurations have so many interesting meanings and require such precision to do properly.

Thank you for a thoughtful hub. I enjoyed it very much.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lady E, Wonderful hub! Music is indeed medicine for the soul! “It is able to calm the agitations of the soul!” Music Therapy is very powerful! I agree there are many wonderful genres...

Music is all around us...

Music has always been an important vital part of our home! If you like Kenny G; I think you might like “Beyond the Walls” it is inspirational instrumental Gospel! Let me know what you think? You can listen free at Alpha7.org go to the Music Ministry! Great job! In HIS Love, Peace & Joy! Blessings!


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Hello LadyE. You are so right, I cannot imagine life without music. It fills our need to express ourselves, like art does. It takes our cares away and brings joy to life.


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oishi 6 years ago

It is said that "A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." Beautiful hub on a beautiful subject.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Hi Elena! I always have music playing, it invigorates me and keeps me on a more even level emotionally. Most of my music is from long ago, but I will occasionally find myself enjoying contemporary rock, country or pop songs. I found it interesting that you included the music of the Carpenters among your preferences. I also thought Karen Carpenter had a rich, beautiful voice.

I think I read in one of Hypnodude's hubs that music was used to treat anxiety attacks. He said we are unable to feel anxiety while we are singing, and that is why soldiers are made to sing before going into battle.

Very nice hub, as always.

Mike


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Jdove-Miller - I'd love to see your collection. I'm sure I'd love it. Best Wishes.

** Cheers Pete - I'd love to hear you play the Guitar. Might record you and send it to YouTube.

** Interestg Jai - Mmmh Jazz. I wonder who the best Jazz players are. I should listen to it for a change. Thx.

** True Tio - Thanks for stopping.

** Cheers Hello, Hello. Nice to hear from you.

** Hi Tony - so you have boxes of CDs. I promise I won't run when you dance. I'll just call Simon Cowell. lol.

** That's nice Coffeesnob - hope you enjoy the Ghana music. It's nice to know that music inspires you. Lovely.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Afishen - Glad you commented on the Bible. I just remembered it helped cool down Saul. Thanks for stopping.

** Cheers K9Keystrokes - glad you enjoy Bollywood music too. Didn't know the hand gestures had meanings. Thanks.

** Hello Deborrah, Thanks so much for that mention. I look forward to checking it out. Lovely to read from you.

** Thanks FGual - it certainly brings joy to our life. Regards.

** Cheers Oishi - Beautiful comments.

** Hello Mike - Karen C has a very unique voice. Thanks for the info on Hypno's Hub, will check it out. Regards and Best Wishes.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

As life can not exist without water, heart can not get the nourishment of healing touch without music.


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suny51 6 years ago

I always believe that music has a great healing touch Lady_E, just play some music in front of a lovely plant and see the effect next morning,human I think is more effected soul.Thanks for writing such a lovely one.


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suny51 6 years ago

Forgot to say-I too enjoy old classical music.


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

I agree music has a way of picking up our sprits and making us happy. It relates to memories of special times and loved ones. Very enjoyable hub Lady_E---I absolutely love Luther Vandross; a beautiful voice that was silenced to soon...


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

When frustrated, I beat it out on the piano. Strange , this is when I sound the best, no mistakes and twists and turns not in the original music, making it fresh and new. I suppose it is because music is all about emotion.

Allthough I play violin and love classical etc. I thouroughly enjoy the boom boom wackety doom the kids bring home at times. Never had a real fancy for jaz, but lately it started growing onto me. Perhaps my taste first had to mature in some way to appreciate that.

Thanks for this nice piece of writing, analysing music in such a way, as we do not think about it. I enjoyed reading it.


hubpageswriter 6 years ago

Music is a delight and totally soothing. It matches well with certain experiences that we go through in life.


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Oftentimes, music puts me on a par level with my creativity and also helps me study my books *hope I'm not sounding bizarre/weird?*... I mean, at most times, it brings out the best in me or I use it to wash out anger, pain, sadness, sorrow, etc. or to think about my loved ones *that's part of what it does*... Love composing songs especially raggae because you can equally use it to agitate for a just cause *miss Lucky Dube from South-Africa :-(*, gospel hip-hop, rap, etc. Composed 1 gospel hip-hop song last year, but, my voice isn't good, so, I abandoned it *you've got any remedy?*


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I couldn't imagine not having music in my life - thanks for the hub.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I use Pink Floyd,among others, to put me in a mediatative trance which simplifies the noise and helps me to focus on writing:)!!


Darryl 6 years ago

Very powerful and true hub and great one at that. I feel you completely. If the world didn't have music it would be a very boring, lifeless or we would experience a short life span. I love listening to good music and I love making music.

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dreamreachout 6 years ago

Everything is very true about this hub!! Since you are a bollywood fan, I would suggest that you listen to some old Md.Rafi songs!! His songs will sway you off your feet and if you get the lyrics it will cast a spell that you would not like to come out off!! :)


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

You have given a true measure of what music can give to an individual. It can bring a smile and it can bring tears. It is soothing and can change the mood. So well written. Thank you so much!


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

Sister,this hub uplifted me a great deal and it is not because of how you wrote it but the power in it.Of course Music is a soul food and just like Bob Marley said

"One good thing about music,when it hit you,feel no pain so hit me with music"

That song by Mariah is highly inspirational but though i love soul musics,sentimental,blues and even pop yet Reggae and i mean contemporary ones like those of Bob's are my favorites and they always help me stay focused on the right track but then i love gospel and wish to dedicate these songs to you for this great hub.

Voted up and beautiful...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y1wtgLAytA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPeIGxPrD3A&feature...


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Cheers HPRoy - that's a nice way of putting it. Regards.

** Hello Suny, I like your new Avatar. I will experiment on playing music infront of a plant. Cheers.

** Aaawh Nancy that's true - It's a pity Luther's gone, but a pleasure to read from you again. :)

** Wow Equella - a lady of many musical talents and I'm sure you enjoy it. With the little I know about you, I get the feeling you'd write the most touching lyrics.

** I agree HubpagesWriter and appreciate you stopping by.

** Me too Billy - it's a nice haven. Lovely to read from you.

** Prettycool Royalmark - I hope you will pick up that song again. It's the Lyrics that count you know. Jay_Z and 50 cents haven't got voices of angels (hope they're not reading lol) but people like their lyrics and don't even start on Ja Rule's voice.(but remember the background beat to his song "always on time". Everyone loved it.) You can also go for voice coaching later if you want or continue to compose Lyrics. They will inspire people.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Mentalist Acer for sharing - I have heard of Pink Floyd but have never heard it. If ever I see it in a Music shop, will definitely check it out.

** Thanks for stopping Darryl. I look forward to checking out your website. Regards.

** Ictodd - You said/wrote it all. Thanks again for visiting. :)

** Hi Dreamreachout - I will check it on my mobile to get a quick download otherwise will search internet. It's a pity my favourite Bollywood star doesn't sing, but he sure can dance. Thanks. :)

** I agree Rossimobis - you feel know pain. You don't feel hungry either. lol. It's nice to know what type of music you like and thanks so much for the beautiful songs. So kind. Best wishes.


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floating mind 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Nice hub Lady_E.

For me, music conjures up old memories, smells, old (and new) friends, and good times. It makes me want to party, to scream, to sing along. It heightens my emotional state of fun! From toe tapping, to dancing, ... I think we all need music. After all, our body's pulse with the rhythm of our heart-beat; one of natures many songs.

Thanks for this hub.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Totally enjoyed this! Music speaks to me on many levels. Thumbs up!


dreamreachout 6 years ago

Hey, he sang in a few movies though I dont remember which ones!! His recitation is awesome, more because his father was a poet!! :)


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I LOVE MUSIC!!!!! The Crysler Car Company were I bought my 2007 300M Touring thought I was crazy when I told them I don't want my car if my CD player isn't working right! lol, lol, lol, I was serious! I love your Hubs and you too!!! Blessings!


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

I have always loved music. I used to listen to the Top 40 countdown every week and record my favorite songs with my tapeplayer! Through my teens and college years, I listened to a lot of country and 80's rock music. Now I mostly listen to Christian music - conemporary as well as gospel. I love praise and worship music - it is so healing and uplifting to the soul!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Floating mind - I like the way you put it: We all need music. So nice to read from you again.

** Cheers Habee - thanks so much for stopping.

** Hi Dreamreachout - interesting to know that his father is a Poet. I think this summer I will look for Amitabh's Biography. He is such a special person, oh and you too. lol. Thanks so much. :)

** Lol Drpastorcarlotta - I totally support you. I mean, how can one drive such a nice car with out good music from a good cd player. It has to be an enjoyable ride.

Thanks so much for stopping.

** Hi Cari - thanks for sharing your taste in music. Praise and worship is very touching. It's nice you like country music too. You brought back good memories - I used to do that too so all my favourite songs were on a tape. I don't think walkmans exist any more these days. lol. Best Wishes.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

I like classical, country,new age, jazz and gospel the most. I enjoy listening to older soul music too. Some of the new music I listen to (depends on who it is and their message). I love instrumental gospel music as well, love the gospel of the saxophone. Music does lift me when I'm feeling low and it brings fun times for me and my children; and yes it does inspire me. Whatever music I choose to listen to, it has to nourish and/or uplift me for the time I choose to listen to it. And as coffeesnob said, without music, the world would be a lonely place, as it brings comfort even when we hear it in our mind only. There are many artists I like (too many to name)- and some of whom there may be that one or two songs that I love by them and that's it. I also feel that way about certain preached messages--depending on my mood (and the preacher),I'll listen to a tape of their preaching and feel like I can now continue on.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I love music and it's something we do take for granted and yet always reach for it anytime we need to relax, be energized and on and on, great article on music healing and soothing the soul, it is good medicine!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

I don't even WANT to imagine a world without music. What would be the point of existing? That's scary... I know that's a little dramatic. Good Hub!


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andromida 6 years ago

I always love oldies, especially 70s music attracts me the most.Music bring back memories-this is so true,I don't know how it happens but when i listen to some of my fav. songs that I used to listen at my early ages,it takes me to enchanting moments of the past. So, you can say music sometimes help us to virtual time travel.Thanks Elena:)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks SupportMed for that beautiful comment. It also gives me more of an insight about you. I like your Spirit. Glad you stopped by. ((Hugs)).

** True KatieM - it's good medicine. Thanks so much for stopping. :)

** Hi Andromida - liked the way you put it. "virtual time travel". Hope all is well and you've been enjoying the Worldcup football. :)


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Thanks for the advice, Lady_E... I'll catch up on it after school


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Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

Hi Lady_E

You almost lost me when you said "I enjoy all sorts of music – except for the head banging rock ones." LOL

Nah! A nice Hub and so true. Music keeps me going through life. Hard or mellow I listen to lots.

Funny things is though, that when I feel down I sometimes like downbeat music rather than happy tunes. It's as if I need to listen to something that dovetails with my mood at that moment.

Weird.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hello Shinkicker - It's nice to know music is something you enjoy too. Stay happy.


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I feel every living thing has a song in them, even plants. This was a great hub, and a little funny as I just shut off my iPod to let it recharge...


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi HappyHer, how are you? Glad you enjoyed the Hub and you're also enjoying music where you are. Best Wishes. :)


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epigramman 6 years ago

YES THIS IS THE BEST HUB OF ALL TIME!!! WHY DO I KNOW THAT?

well I am epi-man - master musicologist - no one here at the pages of HUB comes close - believe me - and your hubs are like musical interludes - they heal and soothe me like no other ...... they are like that beautiful melody that you just can't get out of your head - and you keep humming and humming and humming!!!!

Best piece of music of all time: Prelude to act one - La Traviata by Verdi - check it out on you tube!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Oh epigramman - such sweet words... I'm blushing. lol.

Thanks for stopping. :)


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

so true...music is life as it tends to heal any wound. Good topic!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Ruchira, glad you stopped by. :)


Bruno 5 years ago

thats the truth


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers Bruno.


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Ericajean 3 years ago

I love music. Beautiful hub!


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Erica

I'm glad you stopped by. :-)

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