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                        Healing Music Ezine
                                              from Healing Music Enterprises
                                     and Dr. Alice Cash

      April 2003                  Volume 2 Number 7

in this issue

  • I. Editorial Musings:
    How did the "Music for Times of War" affect you?
  • II. Special Topic:
    Special Music in our Families
  • III. HME Calendar
  • IV. Ask the Chantdoc
  • V. HME Services
  • VI. HME Shopping

Editorial Musings

How did the "Music for
Times of War" affect you?

Last month's article on "Music for Times of War" really brought in lots of comments and amazingly enough it was all positive. That's not to say that people were pro-war or anything like that, they just seem to think that this was a unique slant on a difficult topic. If you missed the article, please go back to the March e-zine (in ezine archive on the HME website) and catch this one.

I'd love to get more dialogue from all my readers and hear about other war tunes that you know of or remember. For example, patients at the hospital where I work have recounted to me that when they were children during the WWII era, they were taught some very negative rhymes and chants in school about Hitler and the Japanese and all of the people that the Americans were fighting; things that absolutely would not be allowed together. Most of these patients had forgotten about this and when they began to recall these rhymes and chants they were rather appalled that they had been taught them in school by teachers.
Dr. Cash's Father in his military service years
My point was that music has been very helpful both to the soldiers, in keeping their morale and their energy levels up, but also to the people left behind to give them hope that the "boys" would return safely. Many readers commented on the picture I painted of my father singing at bedtime with my sister and me, the songs he had learned in the Army. I'd like to include this month a little picture of my Dad in the Army. He served proudly in the Battle of the Bulge.

   Special Topic

Special Music in our Families

This month's issue will be somewhat abbreviated and is already late to the internet "presses" because we have an important occasion in our family this month! My first of three daughters is getting married and everyone is scurrying about very busily and excitedly with all the preparations. One of the most exciting things for me, of course, will be the music, not only because I love music and am a professional musician, but because both Julie and her husband-to-be are also professional musicians and graduates of the New England Conservatory of Music. The congregation will be filled with musicians that day, including their professor who volunteered to play, and the music should be simply glorious.

Not surprisingly, I am a fan of the traditional, classical wedding music but whatever music one has played at their wedding or Holy Union, that music becomes very special and meaningful throughout the years. Millions of people around the world hear Mendelssohn's famous Bridal March and immediately picture either their own wedding or one that they have attended or seen on TV or in a movie. Usually it's a positive and powerful association. There are so many pieces of music that are associated with specific events in the Western world. Most graduations that we'll attend this year will use Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance," and most funerals will use "Amazing Grace." We have our traditional holiday pieces and songs and of course there's "Happy Birthday to You."

What I'd like to suggest is that you try to make some special songs that are YOUR family's songs to sing on specific occasions or have your own special "couples song" that you associate with your own love for each other. Even if you've been with each other for 20 years or more, it's never too late to start creating your own memory banks of "special music" that you think of as "your songs." Then, each time you hear these songs you'll get a warm, loving, cozy feeling and when you're apart, you can put on that CD or just hum that tune as you think of the one you're missing. So easy, but very effective!

   Calendar and Updates

September 2003: - Hamilton, Ohio. The Workshop for Daycare providers on "Music in the Daycare setting" went very well. Part II of the content will be presented in the fall. Email Dr. Cash for more information.

Dr. Cash's Hawaii trip has had to be cancelled and will be rescheduled for next year. "My deepest regrets to the beautiful people of Maui. I will see them next year."

Several private workshops scheduled in Louisville: call 502-895-7688 to see if there is room for you.

Topics in May include:

Music and Pain Management
Music with Anxiety and Depression
Toning and Chanting

Read about the newest Calendar updates!

   Ask the Chantdoc

Q: - Dear Chantdoc,

How long before birth should I start playing and singing music to my unborn child?

J.H. in Louisville

A: - Dear J.H.,

Research suggests that anytime after the fourth month gestation the baby's ear is probably beginning to hear the sounds of the mother's heartbeat and blood circulation. I would suggest that mother, father and any siblings there might be begin to sing simple songs or lullabies in the evening as opposed to playing much music through headphones or a boombox. Perhaps when mother is napping, some soft classical music would be nice!

All the Best,
Alice Cash

   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. Go to for more information.

Attention: Louisvillle Area Health Professionals

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 Send an Email .

   Healing Music Products

Dr. Cash offers helpful products to guide you reap the benefits of music for healing. Each product is expertly created to offer you sound tools for self directed therapeutic music sessions. All purchases are secure and guaranteed.

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

Mp3 Sets include:

  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Collection
  • Lullaby Collection
  • Chant Collection

2. AUDIOTAPES - $10 & S/H - 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
  • Music for Surgery ($19.95 for two tape set)

3. Healing Music Shoppe Do you have some birthday presents, wedding gifts, or shower gifts to buy? Why not go to my new Healing Music Enterprises Store and buy a book, CD, or even a musical instrument for that special someone? You can get a troubadour harp or a didgeridoo; a djembe, a bongo, or a bagpipe! Now that's a surprise isn't it? Feel free to write me personally for advice on the best instrument for you or your child. We also offer sheet music, music books, musician career services, musical recordings and more.

4. Music Book and CD Library - the place to browse and shop online for Amazon music books, CDs, VHS and DVDs. Hand picked to ensure that content reflects music for healing and well being.

   Contact Us

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Alice H. Cash, Ph.D., LCSW
Healing Music Enterprises
(502) 895-7688    (502) 419-1698 (mobile)
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