There's an old
song that says "falling in love with love is falling
for make believe." I do believe that some
people, both men and woman, are in love with the
idea and the feelings that are elicited when in the
process of "falling in love." This initial
period of meeting someone, feeling powerfully
attracted to them, courting them and planning your
day around being with them is the period of
infatuation. The powerful hormones (primarily
adrenaline) are coursing through your body much of
the day and your feel that you are walking on air
and in a perpetual state of ecstasy. It's a
great feeling that I've experienced more than a few
times. Then comes the music. It may be
the song that was playing when you first laid eyes
on her/him. Or the song that was playing
during your first kiss. It could be the song
you first danced to or the song that was playing
when your first rode in a car together.
occasion, that song gets inextricably connected to
your association with that person and when you hear
that song, even decades later, the great rush of
loving and excited feelings come back with it.
I've always thought that perhaps that's why most
towns and cities around the world have "oldies"
stations that help us middle-aged Baby Boomers
reclaim some of the ecstasy as we listen to the
songs that we fell in love with!
So how can you
use the music that you "fell in love to" to help
heal a relationship that has perhaps lost the magic
or is going through a "rough patch?" Well,
since I am also a clinical social
worker/counselor/psychotherapist, I wrote a little
ebook on the topic a few years ago. It
actually takes you through the steps in workbook
fashion, to using your own special music to reclaim
Healing Music Blog
Super Bowl and Opera: What’s the Connection?
For those of you who watched the Super Bowl this past Sunday evening, you probably know the answer to that. For anyone who’s been living on another planet, here’s how it goes: athletic events are always preceded by someone singing the National Anthem, also sometimes know as “Oh Say Can you See?”
Previous Super Bowls have seen/heard quite a variety of artists, singing this beautiful, but difficult to sing, song. We have heard Faith Hill (2000), The Backstreet Boys (2001), Beyoncé (2004), Diana Ross (1982), and Barry Manilow (1984) and so many more. This year, for the first time ever, the powers that be decided to choose an opera singer! And this was none other than the famous soprano, Renee Fleming.
Also the Super Bowl was one of the less-exciting games ever played, with the Seattle Seahawks beating the Denver Broncos soundly (and unexpectedly!). But Renee Fleming’s performance of our National Anthem was spectacular! I think it could well be the most beautiful and moving performance of this song that I’ve ever heard. Listen as Renee Fleming performs this difficult song and in a way that powerfully conveys the meaning of these words. You’ll also enjoy watching the faces of the athletes as she sings. They are also obviously moved by her performance!So how were these instruments used for healing purposes? Probably the Sumerians were well-aware of the connection between emotions and health as well as the ability of music to induce emotion of all kinds.
The aging baby-boomer population is filling up the hospitals
nowadays. Our joints, especially are simply wearing out and luckily,
they can now be replaced! Imagine what it was like when joints wore
out and people just had to live with it. Results of worn-out joints
included becoming sedentary, depressed and eventually dying of
pneumonia. Of course this didn’t happen to everyone, but many
people, for centuries, did have this happen.
We do live in a miraculous time! With antibiotics, artificial knees
and hips, and machines that can exercise our knees and our lungs for
us, what more do we need? I think that a great addition to this
picture is music.
Ample research exists that document music’s beneficial effects
before, during and after surgery. When the music is delivered
through cordless, pre-programmed headphones, it’s even better!
Recently I met with a lady who desperately needed knee replacement
but was so fearful and anxious that she almost didn’t have the
surgery. She had heard about the Surgical Serenity Solution and
because she lives here in Louisville, KY, I was able to hand-deliver
them and talk with her about how different this would be from
Listen as she describes what her experience was like:
Solutions featured in Local Magazine
One of the challenges that we musicians, music therapists, and
clinical musicologists have is publicity. In the past, unless one
had a very healthy marketing and advertising budget, it was just not
possible to let the world know what all of the possibilities were
for healing with music, how music affects the brain, and the
tremendous benefits of music with surgery. Now, much of that has
With the internet and the world wide web, we now have the
possibility of electronic magazines (ezines), blogs, Facebook,
Twitter and so much more. All of these are basically free, but there
is just a little bit of a learning curve. Thanks to all of the new
“social media” options, millions more people are now aware of the
healing power of music. And this week, out came one more great
article about the Surgical Serenity Solution.
Would love to get your comments and questions after ready this!
World's Oldest Secret for
Love and Passion
Are you feeling the longings of romance that go with Valentines Day?
Do you remember the thrill of infatuation when you first met, gazed
into each other's eyes and danced your first dance together? Do you
remember your first kiss and the first "I love you"?
We all would like to keep those feelings forever, but infatuation
deepens to mature love and inevitably, life happens. Valentine's
is the time each year when we try to recreate and reclaim the passion
that we knew in the beginning of our relationships.
Lovers dance and sing "their song" to each other. Parents coo
and sing lullabies to their child to express love. A
trip to any card shop will produce Valentine cards for every possible
kind of friend, relative, school teacher, minister or service
provider. We love loving others and being in love.
What can spark those feelings faster then anything else? Hearing
"your song" or any one of hundred of songs that have been written
about love and being in love. Music is the secret spark that can
bring back those feelings that you're longing to feel again.
Research in medical schools and
hospitals around the world have confirmed that music can:
Increase your skin temp
Increase your energy level
Lift your mood
Bring back happy memories
Make you get up and dance
Boost your immune system
Stabilize blood pressure
Stabilize heart rate
Stabilize body temperature
Calm jangled nerves
Soothe ragged tempers
Increase blood flow to extremities
...and lots more!!
I'm offering you a little Valentine's
special pricing for Valentine's Ebook, "Creating Love and Passion through
Music." I think you'll enjoy the the overall theme of expressing love through music.
$19.97 -- For the next 5 days -- 2/14/14 - 2/19/14
I don’t know whether anyone has ever
done a scientific study that looks in
the brain of someone who is “falling in
love” and listening to love songs, but I
think many of us can imagine what it
might look like! Many studies have been
done that look at the brain of people
who are experiencing extreme pleasure,
whether it’s eating chocolate, having a
sexual experience, or listening
to/making favorite music!
When we’re in a state of infatuation,
the world is rosy! Life is good and
music definitely serves to enhance that
feeling! What happens in the brain?
Probably something like this:
The music in this video is from the
current generation of young people, but
in my day, listening to Elvis sing
“Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” or
the music from “South Pacific” or
“Camelot” I’m sure my brain was probably
doing the same thing! What is your brain
doing this Valentine’s Day?
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
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
performing, researching, and teaching and have put them all together
in a career called "Music Medicine."
Dr. Alice H. Cash is often asked to share her
Grand Rounds Presentation with hospitals' doctors and staff. Learn
what is currently happening around the world and the results they are
"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 medical field
understands the import of her invention!"