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August 2013

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   News Item

Return to Mexico brings Surge of Creativity

This year, my summer vacation took me, and a friend, to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  It  was a wonderful, beautiful, magical time, as Mexico always is for me.  This year, to my utter delight, I got a large order for the Surgical Serenity Headphones, from a hospital chain that is international.  Needless to say I felt so happy and grateful that the idea that I had in January 2005, in Cancun, Mexico, has now taken off and is speeding around the world!

While there, I also began thinking of all the areas of medical, psychological and educational endeavor that the headphones can be helpful with.  Almost from the beginning, people have said that the dental chair would be an ideal place to use the headphones and I agree.  Last month we featured a new video testimonial from a dental patient that said using the headphones was great because it helped her ignore what the dentist was doing while still allowing her to answer his questions if need be.  You can hear her experience here.

On several different occasions during this fabulous trip, I heard local musicians playing various combinations of instruments and the effect was so soothing and relaxing, that I thought perhaps a South of the Border playlist might be a good option.  As a matter of fact, I have a full-time distributor of my products in Mexico City, so finding a hospital, clinic, or dental surgeon that uses the Surgical Serenity Solution is probably not too difficult!  Mexico is just an ancient country with art, architecture, and music spread throughout the country.  Although I've only visited the more "tourist" areas, I would like to see more of it and learn more about their cultural heritage.  I have certainly felt inspired every time I go there!  Already looking forward to the next visit!

   Healing Music Blog


 
Music is healing!
A Beautiful Love Song: just written, after 73 years of love

Tonight on ABC News, Diane Sawyer presented us with a beautiful song, written by a 96 year old man for his wife, Lorraine. It has reached number 5 on iTunes this week and was after his wife died just recently. Fred Stobaugh was chosen Person of the Week by ABC News and his song has been heard over 4,000,000 times now!

Fred was interviewed and shared that he met his wife back in 1930, where she was a car-hop at A and W Root beer drive-in. She brought the food out on a tray to the cars and he says he fell in love with her the first time he saw her. When she passed away a few months ago, he took out paper and pencil and wrote a love poem to her. About the same time, he heard on the radio about a contest for love songs and decided to send his in, with a note saying that he was not a singer, but could give someone who is, a good idea of how it would go.

Just watch this touching video to see exactly how this love story played out!

ABC News: After Wifeís Death, Fred Stobaugh, 96, Writes Love Song    

Official Entry Story:  A letter From Fred -  His entry

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    Surgery and Music Blog

How to Use Music During Your Surgery

For years, even decades, I heard about people who used music during their surgical procedures    ... because I had never had surgery (except some relatively minor dental surgery) I wasnít too concerned about it.

All of that changed in late summer of 1975 when I found that I would be having a baby in April of 1976. Although I was happy and excited about this news, my mind went immediately to labor and delivery and what the pain management options would be. I had heard my motherís not-so-pleasant experience in the hospitals of 1948 when I was born, and I surely did not want to repeat her experience. She was given scopolamine for her labor which lasted something crazy like two days. At the end, she was completely knocked out and didnít even see me until I was several days old! ...

... I decided then and there that I would use natural childbirth, the Lamaze method, and supplement that with music. In 1976 that was really not so easy to do. First of all, there were no CDís or iPods, but only records and record-players and the hospital was not going to let anyone drag in their record player from home! There were cassette tapes by then, but the music I wanted I didnít own and it wasnít that easy to make your own ...

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    Brain and Music Blog

 

The Brain, Albert Einstein, Rhythm and the Violin

A fascinating account of Albert Einsteinís love and music and his performance ability on the violin came across my desk recently. It seems that Einstein loved music and played the violin extremely well, for an amateur. The problem is, he really did not have a good sense of rhythm. Obviously, he knew how to count, but simply did not have that internal sense of rhythm that allows you to play chamber music or any kind of ensemble music.

A soloist can ďkind ofĒ get away with this, because there is no ensemble playing involved, but in a professional setting, you simply canít make it in the music world if you donít have that internal sense of rhythm and apparently, Einstein did not have it. Nevertheless, because he was Albert Einstein, he had no trouble finding highly esteemed and accomplished musicians to play chamber music with him. However, they did not hesitate to point out his rhythmic shortcomings!

Enjoy this story: The Relative Beauty of the Violin

Read Last Month's Posting: Does Music Make Your Brain Sing? ...

    Alice H. 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 quotient!  I am one of the world's only clinical musicologists and hold  a Masters degree 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 hope.

I love performing, researching, and teaching and have put them all together in a career called "Music Medicine." 

See you next month!!

 Alice Cash        

 


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"Using Music in the Hospital"

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"It was the easiest of all hand surgeries! I was listening to music, then a slight lull of nothing and then back to the music. Wonderfully comfortable. The best surgical experience yet. I am honored to know, worked with and utilized Dr. Cash's magnificent creation. I do hope the medical field understands the import of her invention!"

Sheryl S.
Louisville, KY

 

 

 

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