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Music's Healing Power

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Deborah L. Alexander is an author, business woman, wife to Doug for almost 40 years, a mother of three adult children & a grandmother of 4.

The Healing Power of Music

Healing has come to my life many times through music. Throughout my journey of revisiting the past, it has become apparent that music played a major role in my emotional healing. My earliest memories of music are with my Grandma Ada, playing her records as we sang and danced. It seemed to bring a carefree feeling to life among all her daily responsibilities.

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Glen Campbell--A Talented Musician

The year I was nine, I began experiencing the emotional healing benefits of music. I found that music provided an escape from my reality of family dysfunction through songs I especially liked by Glen Campbell. With money earned from babysitting, I purchased Glen's albums and spent many hours listening to those records. The sound of his singing was soothing and brought comfort because I could imagine him as a caring, concerned father figure that I could trust. He also was happy and often shared stories of his country roots. I learned about him by watching "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" every Sunday night. This was the time in my life that I developed an infatuation for guitar players and when I grew up, I married a guitar player who played in a band. Glen Campbell was especially talented, and I loved watching him play. I also joined his fan club and received an autographed glossy eight-by-ten picture (which is shown below) and a guitar pick with his name on it. I had always loved music, but it became even more important to me this particular year. I found comfort and healing for my emotions as I escaped to wherever the songs traveled-Galveston, Phoenix, Wichita.

I dreamed of seeing Glen Campbell in person. And many years later, in March 2010, my dream became a reality when I attended a concert in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with my husband and sister. Featured at this concert was none other than Glen Campbell, along with the Beach Boys and B. J. Thomas. Getting to see B.J. Thomas also was a special treat because I listened often to his music also as a child. It took me back to the days when I enjoyed those old familiar songs years earlier. I know this was one of many blessing that God allowed me to live out for real! Below I share some of my favorites from both Glen Campbell and B J Thomas.

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A Few Favorite Songs by Glen Campbell

Gentle On My Mind (2001 - Remastered)
Gentle On My Mind (2001 - Remastered)

A Favorite Glen Campbell Album

 

Glen Campbell Songs

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My Autographed Picture of Glen Campbell - The Picture I Received in 1969 When I Joined The Glen Campbell Fan Club

My B.J. Thomas Favorites

Songs by B.J. Thomas

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      Old music, new music, another thing I love about the music world now. I love listening to music I have never heard before. Strangely enough, I probably have, like everything else, it kind of repeats itself.

      These two singers were old family favorites when records were played, amazing....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      oh come on! i'm a modern girl and has never heard of this people before.but music is gives me inspiration,it keeps me company,it shows me love and it makes me happy. I've always loved shina twain,cheer and hoku.that's good music

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      One of each - Galveston and Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head. Classics!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      One of each - Galveston and Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head. Classics!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "You Gave Me Love (When Nobody Gave Me a Prayer)" is pure sweetness by B.J. Thomas!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      rhinestone cowboy of glen and raindrops... of b.j. are my favorites. i sing them during karaoke parties.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Glen - Wichita Lineman

      BJ - Rock & Roll Lullaby

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Glen - Wichita Lineman

      BJ - Rock & Roll Lullaby

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Glen Campbell, glad I browsed upon this lens tonight, gave you a 'thumbs up'.

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      This is the first time I hear about these artists.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Yes that's a good song too! BJ Thomas sang that one at the concert I attended.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      One of the songs I liked by B.J. Thomas was "What A Difference You've Made In My Life."

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    "It's All About the Music"

    My youngest son, Jarrod, is a professional musician attending McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their motto is "It's All About the Music." Music is healing, calming, motivating, teaching, and emotionally connecting. It connected me and Jarrod when he was a baby and could not speak. The lullaby music soothed and comforted and then brought him peace and sleep. Music has the ability to reach inside a person and release feelings. It can change your mood or motivate. Music has the power to lighten burdens, and it touches emotions in ways ranging from provoking tears to bringing happiness. Music is a universal language that can connect people whether or not they speak the same language.

    I choose to listen to the type of music that builds rather than destroys, music that is productive and meaningful rather than wasteful and negative. Your life can be influenced greatly, either good or bad, by the kind of music you choose to listen to--it can be uplifting or depressing. There is power in music, and just as in any other area of life, there are choices to make.

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        MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

        Music motivates me, inspires me and helps me change directions.

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        SavioC 4 years ago

        Great lens. Music is my heart and soul. Liked your lens. Thank you for sharing.

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        beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

        Great lens. Yes, I do agree. Music has healing powers :)

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        SteveKaye 4 years ago

        For Classical Music, I like the 1700s through the early 1900s (give or take a few decades).

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        srsddn lm 5 years ago

        Music is energizing.

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        malena10 5 years ago

        I totally agree that music is balm for the soul

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        JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

        As a professional musician, I certainly know how music can touch the heart, mind, and soul. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. =D

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        AJ 5 years ago from Australia

        My taste in music is eclectic in every way - every genre and every era. I have some definite dislikes, but more likes than otherwise.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        When U2 came along in '83 they became my favorite forever group but I have loved and felt loved by so many songs over the years. I love how so many can feel at once that a song is just for them.

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        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        i like music and i love to sing.

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        CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

        Music is so important to our well-being and I believe it does have a healing power.

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        JoshK47 5 years ago

        Definitely agree - music has major healing powers. :)

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        dogface lm 5 years ago

        I rarely listen to music, but I think I should do so more often. I believe music may be good for your health, for mental health at least.

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        KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

        I live with jazz musicians, but enjoy many types of music.

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        DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

        @KimGiancaterino: I like jazz too, they play a lot of that at McNally Smith where my son goes to music college.

        Thanks for visiting my lenses and the squidlikes :)

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        RetroMom 5 years ago

        Great songs. Great lens!

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        jgelien 5 years ago

        I use music according to the mood I am in. Sometimes I want to be happy and uplifted, other times I need to escape and relax, and sometimes I just need a good cry. There is music for all of that and more. Loved your lens :)

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Interesting lens. Keep up your good work. :)

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        DougAllen 5 years ago

        Great lens. Thanks for the memories! One of my favorite other genres is "Oldies" which I guess is Rock and Roll, but also Easy Listening, Pop, and Folk Music.

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        Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

        Enjoyed this lens. Brought back many memories. We must have grown up around the same time and listened to much of the same music.