Why does everyone love holiday music?
Everyone loves holiday music! It
reinforces one of my main beliefs about what makes people healing
and effective in people's lives. Music that has positive
associations for you will likely have a very beneficial effect on
your mind, body, and spirit. To find out which holiday music
will be best for you, take a little trip down memory lane to your
childhood, and youth. Do you remember songs that your parents
listened to when you were little; songs that you know associate
strongly with your Mother or Father?
I remember my father liking the songs "O, My Papa" and "My Grandfather's Clock." Yes, they are very sentimental songs that were popular back in the era of the Great Depression, but somehow they comforted people. My mother loved "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" and I remember hearing her play it on the piano after she put us to bed at night. We are so fortunate today that we can go to You Tube and find most any song or piece of music that we can remember and easily take a little trip back to our youth or childhood.
Of course, patriotic music is well-known for stirring the soul and enabling people to do things that they otherwise could not do. But patriotic music comes in all moods and perspectives. It's not a well-known fact that right after 9/11 happened in 2001, our Congress was meeting and when this tragedy was announced, someone spontaneously began singing "God Bless America" and the entire congressional body joined in singing.
What holiday music do YOU love and that would you like to hear this summer? Your stories and anecdotes are welcome and will be used in my research! Thanks!
What is the best music for healing: revisited
When I go out to speak for conferences and
conventions, one of the most frequent questions I hear is "what is the
very best music for healing?" I can completely understand people
wanting to believe that there is one particular piece of music, or even
one genre of music that is better than all others; sadly it's not that
easy. The music is going to be most healing for you can vary
greatly depending on what you're feeling that day, what decade of your
life you're in, and whether you prefer familiar or unfamiliar music.
For example, the music that I have currently put on my Surgical Serenity Headphones, is music that will be unfamiliar as far as the specific pieces, but familiar in terms of being classical piano music from the romantic era. But I decided to choose rather unfamiliar piano pieces just in case the patient wearing the headphones, had a unpleasant experience playing the piece. The chances of the average patient knowing one of these pieces is slim, therefore desirable.
So what I recommend is this: while you're
feeling well, begin to categorize the music that is YOUR favorite music
into two broad categories, calming and energizing. Then begin to
subdivide each of those two categories into instrumental, vocal, the
decade it's from, popular music, sacred music, etc., etc. Once you
have organized your CD's, records, sheet music or whatever, then you can
begin to choose more intentionally what music will help you when you're
feeling, sad, upset, sick, sluggish or whatever emotion or feeling you
may be feeling. Depending on how big your music library is, it
could take a few days, or become an ongoing, lifelong project. In
any event, it's so worth while for you and you will not regret it!
Ever had a tune "stuck" in your brain?
When I first started this ezine, over ten years ago, one of my first topics was "ear worms." This was such a popular topic among people of all kinds, that I thought it merited a re-visit!
"Can a Tune Get Stuck in Your Brain?" (from Healing Music Ezine, v.1 no. 4)
On the morning I was leaving for Florida I happened to pick up a newspaper
on the plane that had an article from the L.A. Times called "Stuck!" The
entire article was a report on the research of a professor at the
University of Cincinnati about a problem he calls "Stuck Tune Syndrome."
You've probably experienced this. I know I certainly have! I get a tune
stuck in my mine and it goes round and round for days before it finally
vanishes. Sometimes it comes back weeks, months, or even years later to
plague me again for awhile. I've heard many people talk about the
phenomenon, but when I saw this article, I thought to myself "What perfect
timing!" This is a problem I have suffered from my entire life and I was
searching for an interesting topic for the October e-zine that day anyway.
Plus, I wanted to see what the professor had discovered; especially if a
cure was part of it!
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Speaking is something that I love to do because for me, speaking is a form of teaching that allows me to reach far more people than if I were still a college professor. Although I love being associated with colleges and universities, I also love the freedom of being able to fly anywhere in the country or the world to be a keynote speaker on "The Healing Power of Music." I have received invitations from as far as Hawaii, Spain, and Turkey and always try to fulfill these invitations and deliver more than I'm asked to deliver. I consider that the knowledge and experience I have acquired is something to be shared and experienced by as many other people as possible!
I am always happy to stay in private homes and come when the fares are affordable. I consider myself to be a sort of "music healing missionary" and love to travel to far-away or remote places as well as the major cities and highways and by-ways of life! I can tailor my talk to your group's specific needs and requirements and will offer the most reasonable fee that I possibly can. Please don't assume that your group can't afford me. I will work with you to make it happen. Just visit our speaker information page and then let's talk!
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|About Alice Cash|
For nearly two decades, I've been helping people use the music that
they already love to heal their lives and increase their wellness
am one of the world's only clinical musicologists and hold
Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance, a Ph.D. in
musicology and a Master of Social Work in clinical social work. I
am also a licensed clinical social worker. I work with people and
diagnoses of all kinds, enabling them to find healing, acceptance and
Many people assume that I am a music therapist but I am not. I was trained originally as a concert pianist, then as a musicologist, then as a clinical social worker. I love performing, researching, and teaching and have put them all together in a career called "Music Medicine." However, the field of music therapy is much better known and has degree programs and credentialing that is very valuable and important.
To hear me speak, and watch me in action "is to have a day that will amaze, educate, motivate, and inspire you!" (Joanna Driver, meeting planner in England) To hire me as a keynote speaker for your association or organization n. Visit our speaker information page