Editor’s note: It has been said that math is the universal language. I disagree. I believe it is music. I am an accomplished pianist, having played since I was 4, composing for 20 years. I also play around on the guitar. I can honestly say music has been the one constant in my life that has been able to lift my mood, bring me back to center and inspire me. It has also been an amazing channel for me, especially when it is songs that I have added lyrics to. As I have joked in the past, my songs have gotten me through some heartaches, enabling me to thank the people, mostly males, for at least I was able to compose an awesome tune. ♥
Written by Didge Project director AJ Block and guest author Gracy Liura.
Music has proven time and again to be an important component of human culture. From its ceremonial origin to modern medical usage for personal motivation, concentration, and shifting mood, music is a powerful balm for the human soul. Though traditional “music therapy” encompasses a specific set of practices, the broader use of music as a therapeutic tool can be seen nowadays as doctors are found recommending music for a wide variety of conditions.
According to The Cardiovascular Society of Great Britain, listening to certain music with a repetitive rhythm for least ten seconds can lead to a decrease in blood pressure and a reduced heart rate. Certain classical compositions, if matched with human body’s rhythm, can be therapeutically used to keep the heart under control. The Oxford University study states, “listening to music with a repeated 10-second rhythm coincided with a fall in blood pressure, reducing the heart rate” and thus can be used for overcoming hypertension.
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