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The power of music

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Music is a powerful force that impacts how we feel, think and react to many things in life. Music has healing power, sets a mood and even influences how we eat and shop.

Whether you're at the grocery store or shoe shopping, there's usually music on. Music is everywhere and we can listen to whatever we want. Websites like Stereomood and Musicovery help listeners stream playlists based on their emotions. Whether you're feeling energetic, dark, positive, or calm, the mood meter will pick out the perfect song, says Lance Ulanhoff of Mashable.

Music can also have a healing power.

Dr. Connie Tomaino is a music therapist and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function with Center Light Health Systems. At Beth Abraham Health Services in the Bronx, Dr. Tomaino treats patients like Mrs. Weaks, who suffered from a stroke. Mrs. Weaks sats the music helps remember some of what she has forgotten. After the stroke, Mrs. Weaks' voice was soft and some of her words were unintelligible. But over the past few weeks, singing has helped Mrs. Weaks speak a little clearer. Her son-in-law has seen a huge improvement.

Dr. Tomaino says singing words helps exercise the right side of the brain, which isn't damaged by a stroke.

Even if a person doesn't appreciate music, components like rhythm, tone, and frequency can awaken the brain.

Music represents the depths of who we are. It helps us relate to other people in a way sometimes words cannot express. And for me, sometimes playing the piano can help do just that.

 

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