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May-June 2013

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What music affects YOU most powerfully?

There's a lot of music in this world; and more is being written every day!  Music is a God-given gift that will never be replaced with anything else.  How could it be?  We have created so many different musical forms, instruments and genres over the past thousands and thousands of years and it seems that our capacity for new musical creations is endless.  And yet, throughout history, famous composers of every era have declared:  "Well, all the good melodies have been taken now!  Nothing new can be thought up!!"  Can you imagine?  Add rhythm, harmony, and timbre to the mix, and the possibilities are truly infinitesimal! 

Which brings me to my point.  Almost every human out there has some piece or genre of music that they respond to powerfully.  In my long life, I have only encountered a few people who claimed that there was no music that they liked.  It baffles me, but I accept that and move on. 

Discovering for yourself which music affects you in a positive, regenerative, restorative and healing way, is a worthwhile journey that I highly recommend!  I work with patients every day who are suffering from chronic pain and fatigue, anxiety and depression, and addictions to anything you can imagine.  In each case, we are able to find music from their lives, that helps to bring them comfort and hope and remind them of good times that had been truly forgotten.

How to begin?  Well, I like to do it chronologically, going decade by decade through a person's life, remembering where they lived, what their surroundings looked like, who their caregivers were, and what they focus of that decade was for them.  Then, we slowly begin remembering the music, whether live, recorded or on the TV/Radio, that they loved and remember vividly.  We can often listen to it immediately, with the availability of YouTube, Spotify, and so many other programs.

You can see their body language begin to transform almost instantly as they recall and then hear those familiar songs and pieces.   Of course, those of us that are professional musicians, really have a lot to remember!  But just regular listeners do too!  I'd love to hear from YOU about what music came back to you and they feelings it brought with it.  Have a wonderful summer and enjoy all the music around you.

Alice Cash        

   Healing Music Blog

Why You Need to Use Music during Joint Replacement Surgery

With the aging of the Babyboomers, comes the need for replacing our worn-out and achy joints. We Babyboomers have been very hard on our bodies, with jogging, running and aerobics skyrocketing to popularity when we were young and foolish. It was also during many of our teen years that fast-food became extremely popular and McDonald’s and Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken on every corner. I remember the birth of TV Dinners and frozen food of all kinds that our mothers thought was just great. Little did we know what we were doing to our bodies.

Now as we hit our late 50′s and early 60′s, many of us are require hip and knee replacements and no wonder! We’re carrying around lots of extra poundage and extra inches around our waists and hips! Our knees are simply not able to support this weight on our trunks, and our hips can’t support the massive torsos. Not only that, but with the advent of TV’s in every room of the house, we really don’t need to move much at all when we return home from sitting behind and desk all day.

Not to sound like the voice of gloom and doom, but this sedentary lifestyle has definitely created a generation of folks that are going to need joint replacement surgery

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    Surgery and Music Blog

You’ve just found out you need surgery? Now what?

No one wants to have surgery. But some people are so terrified of “going under the knife” and “having general anesthesia,” that they put off needed surgery because of this fear. The good news is, today there are so many resources with accurate and easy-to-understand information that people can get much-needed and reassuring information about what goes on during the procedure they need.

One of the many things that people can do is to use music before, during and after the procedure. Using your favorite soothing, comforting music before surgery can calm you down and begin to relax your body so that it takes less anesthesia to put you to sleep. If you’re particularly sensitive to anesthesia this is really an excellent idea! If you’re able to put different music on your iPod, the music for surgery should ideally be purely instrumental and have a steady tempo, close to the tempo of the healthy resting heartbeat. Choose your favorite genre and practice listening to it and relaxing before your surgery.

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    Brain and Music Blog


What happens to your brain when you listen to music

We all wonder this and know that we definitely feel better when we listen to music, but they question “WHY??” has always popped into my head since I was a little child. I can remember sitting in concerts during the summer and being so overwhelmed and flooded with positive emotion that I wished the music would never end! It was that powerful for me. To this day, I do not know what this music was, but it was either an orchestra or a concert band playing English folksong suites, I suspect.

It’s also interesting to note that humans seems to respond most powerfully to the music that reflects our cultural heritage, even hundreds of years back! So music is actually in our DNA, or at least musical preferences.

This is a story that I heard on CNN, and wanted to share with my readers from the famous and highly esteemed, Daniel Levitan, MD. Enjoy!



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    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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