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Music's Healing Power
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.
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.
Have you ever found music to be emotionally healing?
A Few Favorite Songs by Glen Campbell
A Favorite Glen Campbell Album
Glen Campbell Songs
Which is your favorite Glen Campbell song?
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
What is your favorite B.J. Thomas song?
Which do you pick?
Which is your favorite singer of these two?
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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.
What is your favorite music genre?
Favorite Time for Music?
What is your favorite music era?
Photo credit: Photos are my own unless otherwise noted.