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February 2014

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Falling in Love:  How Music Enhances Infatuation!

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. 

Whatever the 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 the magic.


   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.

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    Surgery and Music Blog

Knee Replacement Surgery with Music

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 previous surgeries.

Listen as she describes what her experience was like:

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    Magazine Feature

Surgical Serenity Solutions featured in Local Magazine

TodaysWoman.2013 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 changed!

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. http://issuu.com/todayswoman.com/ 

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    Limited Time Offer

World's Oldest Secret for
Creating 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!!


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    Brain and Music Blog

The Brain and “Falling in Love Music”

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?

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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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