“Sing to the mountains, sing to the sea. Raise your voices, lift your hearts. This is the day the Lord has made. Let all the earth rejoice.” This is the chorus of a famous Christian song by Bob Dufford and it was the first thing that came into my mind as I saw the daily word prompt of SONG. I have not used the prompts before in my blogging, but this one seemed especially meaningful for me. Music is a wonderful form of art for me that calms my mind and fills my heart with tenderness.
Deane Alban in her article “How Music Affects the Brain” reports that music activates every known part of the brain, can improve your mood, and can reduce chronic stress due to a reduction of the stress hormone cortisol. There is an actual area of research, neuromusicology, that although is fairly new, has interesting information about how listening and/or playing music can affect our brains.
As a kid I played the accordion and the organ. I still have my accordion that my father bought when he sold a pig to get the money for the purchase (true story). I will never let it go out of the family. Probably, my favorite song was “Lady of Spain”, only because I had to practice it a gazillion times a day for a contest I competed in as an Eighth Grader. Whew….I bet my Mom wished she had a sound proof door to the kitchen many times!
Does music have a place in your life? How does it make you feel?