Music can help you accomplish many of your mental, physical, and cognitive goals each day. Music therapy can calm your anxiety, ease your pain, and provide a pleasant distraction from the stress of the world. We all have deep connections with music that tap into our emotional responses and can boost our mood, spirits, and energy.
Experts say that music therapy can help people of all ages and health conditions, regardless of whether they have a musical background or ear for it. "There is no other stimulus on Earth that engages the brain as globally as music does," says Brian Harris, one of the thousands of board-certified music therapists in the US.
Here are more quotes that include surprising facts, and even a little comedy about the effects of music therapy.
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"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." - Bob Marley
"As a music therapist, having produced an album about the human condition--about anxiety, ADD, and the whole spectrum of what we’re doing, it’s...it’s just such an honor to create art that does more than entertain." -Jon Samson
"Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering." - Haruki Murakami
"I regard music therapy as a tool of great power in many neurological disorders - Parkinson's and Alzheimer's - because of its unique capacity to organize or reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged." -
The idea of music having a use goes back centuries. The beginnings of written-down music was the liturgy, and obviously, that has a connection with the idea of a meditative state and all of that. So music can really be useful in that way.” - Max Richter
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer
"Listening to music has a positive impact on our health, by helping us recover faster when we experience stress, and through the reduction of the stress hormone cortisol, to help us achieve a calm state or homeostasis." - Alex Doman
"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." - Ludwig van Beethoven
"Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening."
- Aretha Franklin
"Music therapy, to me, is music performance without the ego. It's not about entertainment as much as it's about empathizing. If you can use music to slip past the pain and gather insight into the workings of someone else's mind, you can begin to fix a problem." - Jodi Picoult
"Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life." - Jean Paul
"Music can be a profound step in the exploration of self, in the conscious act of honest reflection that goes by many names-mindfulness, meditation, self-discovery, self-empowerment, and enlightenment." - Amy Camie
"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"(Music therapy) can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity." - Barbara Crowe
"I think any time I’ve ever got down or ever felt low the one thing that picks me up from that is writing a song about it. At least you’ve got a positive experience out of a bad experience."- Ed Sheeran
"Music is the strongest form of magic." - Marilyn Manson
"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary." - Martin Luther
"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." - Maya Angelou
"Imagination is tapping into the subconscious in a form of open play. That is why art or music therapy, which encourages a person to take up brushes and paint or an instrument, and just express themselves, is so powerful." - Phil 'Philosofree' Cheney
"Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours." - Elton John
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