I loved the above blog entry so much that I shared it on Facebook and Google+; and decided to follow the author. I’ve long been a believer in music as therapy, and in the concept of altering one’s mood by altering one’s music. Those of you who are my students have, perhaps, noticed that I like to have music in the background while we’re together and that I generally prefer – for those times – music that is uplifting, both in lyrics and in musical tone & rhythm. That is intentional.
But what about when I’m alone? I change my music throughout the day to suit my mental state and activity. For instance, smooth jazz isn’t a good choice when it’s important for me to be physically active, but it’s great for “chillin’.” Rock, or classical Russian composers, can often give me the energy & enthusiasm to tackle a job I’m less than thrilled about doing, but I’m not going to play that kind of music right before I want to sleep!
So what does that have to do with crafting? A lot! Many of you know that I pray for people while I knit, particularly if I’m knitting a piece for a specific person with a specific need. But prayer – and crafting… and life, for that matter – can use the support of good surroundings: physical surroundings and emotional/spiritual surroundings. Music can play a big part in those surroundings. I find that well-crafted music can take me out of less-than-perfect physical surroundings and put me on a higher plane. And, yes, those “less-than-perfect physical surroundings” can include the ups and downs of my own body’s erratic medical condition! Music helps me to have some positive control over the [largely] uncontrollable.
And…. music speaks to both sides of the brain, so it can affect not only your mood, but also your technical skills (at least that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it)! 😉
So what are your surroundings throughout your day? Can you be intentional about them? Do you craft a nurturing atmosphere around those for whom you are responsible? Does music play a part in that?
- Music therapy (musicbrowser.wordpress.com)
- How Music Affects Us and Why Music Therapy Promotes Health (thepantherlabmusic.wordpress.com)