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Healing Music Ezine, September 2002, Vol. 2, No. 1

September 2002 Volume 2, Number 1

Healing Music Ezine Editorial

Editorial Musings:
Kansas City and the Firechiefs Conference

Late last month I had the honor of traveling to Kansas City to speak at the International Fire Chiefs Convention. What an experience that was! After the excitement and thrill of presenting my workshop to the Partners Program on Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege of sitting on a panel discussion for the better part of Sunday afternoon. The panel had people such as Dr. Grady Bray of the NYC Fire Department who is a fire chief and also a psychologist. He talked about the rescue work and the counseling that they did with survivors and families of survivors. We also had a fire chief from Southern California and his wife who was a flight attendant for United Airlines. Neither was working on September 11th last year, but about 5 months later, their 10 year old daughter had a "psychological meltdown" (their description) and begged both parents to change professions. Her mother was able to stop working entirely, but her father is still a firefighter. We also had the fire chief from Arlington, VA who was in charge of going to the September 11th Pentagon attack and coordinating the fire and rescue efforts there. In addition to myself, we also had Dan Clark, a well-known speaker and author of many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books who talked about courage and teamwork in times of crisis. I, of course, talked about how music has helped many people to survive 9/11 and how music has strengthened our country and brought people together in a way that crosses all parties and all class, color and superficial boundary lines. It was a powerful and empowering conference for me and I felt honored to have been invited.

To share comments or questions contact me by e-mail: Any topic related to music is welcome!


Alice H. Cash, Ph.D., LCSW


Question of the Month

Q: How can I get started in learning what music helps and when to play it?

JK, Canada.

A: Dear J.K.,
I have several products available on my site that can help lead the way. Please visit my Book, Ebook, CD, Mp3s and Audiotape pages for details.

Send in Your Question to the ChantDoc!

Healing Music Ezine News

III i. Booking Dr. Cash in Your Community

Getting Dr. Cash to your community is not difficult! She travels to all 50 states, Canada, and Europe and is more than willing to go to the Bahamas, Caribbean, and most anyplace tropical! Her fees are negotiable and are dependent upon the length of presentation, type of presentation, and amount of preparation required. The website lists at least 15 or 20 presentations that are ready to go right now. Please contact her via the website and her office will get right back in touch with you.

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III.ii. New Audiotapes!

This month we have two new tape sets to offer: a) Music for Surgery and b) Music for Alzheimers and Dementia Patients. People have been waiting patiently for the surgery tapes and I am thrilled to announce that they are finally out! This is a two-tape set, one of which is an interview with me by Dr. Crystal Sahner and contains all of the questions and answer I usually get at my workshops about why music is so important to have before, during and after surgery, what the research has found, and how to use the music and talk to your doctor about it. The second tape is the music itself with me playing pieces from the Baroque era and my own arrangement of "The Gift to be Simple."

Healing Music Services

Dr. Cash is available for seminars, workshops, classes and other group and individual instruction in using music for healing and promoting health and wellbeing. Find out how to book her amazing services by going to:

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Special Topic:
What makes Music so Powerful?

What makes music so powerful? That is a huge question that cannot be answered in the space we have here, but because it is something that is asked in a variety of ways so often, I thought I'd take a crack at it again. First of all, let's look at some familiar situations in which music is powerful and makes a lasting impression:

1. Music from your "first love"
2. Lullabies your mother sang
3. Music at graduation
4. Music at your wedding
5. Songs you sang in kindergarten
6. Music you put on to exercise by
7. Songs you learned in Sunday School
8. Your favorite relaxation music now

How do you know what to choose? Why do different people like diverse music but there are a few things that most everyone seems to like and feel positively about? Well, I'm throwing out lots of questions but can you think of what some of the answers might be? Of course there are no definitive answers here. Some or much of it is truly educated speculation. I believe that much of our love and enjoyment of a specific piece of music comes from the associations that we make with that piece of music. Certain pieces, in our culture, have nearly 100% positive association: "Happy Birthday to You," "Pomp and Circumstance" (the piece played at graduations) "Jingle Bells" "Jesus Loves Me" (for Christians) "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (for Baby Boomers), etc., etc.

Other songs or pieces are more individual, depending on where you were raised and what your family's musical preferences were. After that, music has its power on us based on all kinds of other factors ranging from the tempo of the piece, the instruments used, the volume (loud or soft) of the music, and just the mood we're in when we hear the music start. There are also the intrinsic physiological and brain-emotional effects that music has on us, without our realization, most of the time. In other words, there are multiple factors. You can read more about this phenomenon on my web site and also in my book "Notes on Tuning Your Life with Music."

Louisvillle Area Health Professionals: Opportunity!!

Dr. Cash offers classes on a regular basis on:

  1. How to create music tapes for surgery
  2. Using music with pregnancy, childbirth and newborns
  3. Understanding how music affects the Mind-Body-Spirit & applying this to practice
  4. Toning, Chanting, and Drumming for Health
  5. Using Music with Alzheimer's Patients

2 -3 hour long classes are offered on demand for four people or more. Class can be booked for Fri am, Sat pm,
& Sun eves. Also private sessions.

Call 502-895-7688 to register or Email me .


I. Editorial: Kansas City and the Firechiefs Conference
II. Ask the Chantdoc: How to get started
III. News: Booking Dr Cash, New Products
IV. Special Topic: What makes Music so Powerful?

Healing Music Products

Dr. Cash offers affordable products to help you reap the benefits of music and healing. Products available include audio tapes, special music sampler CD and book as well as her ebook & Mp3 packages. Each product is expertly created to offer you sound tools for therapeutic music sessions.

"Notes for Tuning Your Life with Music"
(available as soft cover book or ebook,
with CD or Mp3 music supplement)

BOOK & CD- (Book - $14.95; CD - $14.95 or Book/CD Combo - $24.95 & S/H)

EBOOK & Mp3s (Ebook - $8.95; Mp3s - $5/set)
Sets include:
Alzheimer's & Dementia Collection
Lullaby Collection
Chant Collection

Tape titles include:
The Healing Power of Music
Toning & Chanting with Addictions
Why Mozart? The Research on Mozart and Learning
The Use of Music with Alzheimers and other Dementias

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