Why does music make us feel fab? “Where words leave off, music begins.” said poet Heinrich Heine which is a great explanation of why music plays such an important role in our lives. Listening to your favourite song puts a smile on your face. Classical music can move people to tears. Athletes train and prepare with headphones glued to their ears to help get them in the zone. Most couples have ‘their song’ which conjures up happy memories. Singing and music is a part of our lives from the radio, TV, worship, celebrations and cultural events.
Music therapy is also a fantastic way to help assess and treat adults and children with sensory, physical and learning disability, mental health problems, emotional and behavioural disturbances and neurological problems.
MUSIC FOR ALL AGES
From an early age we are exposed to music, singing and dance. Some of my earliest memories are of being sung a lullaby and going to dance classes. Parents typically use music, singing and dance to help their children develop memory, motor and language skills. As kids grow older, they can use music to define their personality. For adults, a shared taste in music is usually a precursor to a harmonious relationship. Nicky Hornby summed this up when he said, ““It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favourite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”
MUSIC TO FEEL FAB
If you’re trying to be positive, research has shown that listening to music really helps. Music can lift the spirits and also help reduce blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety according to scientists. It can help boost your sporting performance (I used to train with Bruce Springsteen songs on a loop and even now they make me feel energetic) and calm you down when you’re stressed. What’s not to like about making sure making sure music is a part of your everyday life in order to feel fab?