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

       February 2004                  Volume 3 Number 4

in this issue

  • I. Special Topic
    Music and Grief
  • II. Featured Instrument
    The Cello
  • III A Personal Note
    from the Chantdoc
  • IV Updated Calendar
  • V. Guide to the HME Site

Special Topic:

Music and Grief

Music can be acutely therapeutic because it activates many parts of the brain, changing its wave patterns and arousing a variety of emotions, according to Dale Taylor, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Taylor has spent years studying the remedial effects of music, including using it therapeutically during the grieving process.

"Music itself is a very positive experience; it stimulates the limbic system, the emotional center of the brain," said Taylor, the director of the university's music therapy department. "Grieving, however, is a negative experience, but the addition of music into the process can make it more of a positive experience by bringing back positive memories of the person who has died."

A person may identify a song with another person through a variety of processes. "The words to a song may relate to your relationship with a person," he said. "Or you may have shared an experience with that person while a song was playing-either hearing the song, singing along to the song, dancing to the song. Or the song may celebrate that person's life-even though it may not be specifically about that person, it may seem like it is. "Unlike, for example, a photograph of a person, which activates only the visual cortex, music or a song arouses a meaningful visual and auditory awareness."

Music stimulates the limbic system of the brain, associated with emotions. This can help bring about positive feelings as a person goes through the very difficult grieving process. Since music stimulates many parts of the brain, including the auditory cortex and limbic system, a "favorite song" can often bring back vivid memories of a departed person.

The end of a year is a time to remember acquaintances, friends and family, especially those who have died. Music helps us do that as much as anything. A song may be fleeting and intangible -- just words set to a melody for a few finite moments. But more than any physical memento -- a photograph or a pair of favorite earrings or an old bathrobe -- a song can be a potent and lasting reminder of someone who is missed. Steve Klein knows that. So do a lot of others who are grieving this holiday season. "The idea of Christmas or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate is that it's a pageant of renewal we celebrate each year," he said. "The spiritual idea is we should be like this every day. God knows, no one's like that. But there's a part of bereavement with me every day that does make me say, `Hey, man, the sky is really blue.' "So now, I try to take a look at life through someone who wants to be here but can't. And music is an excellent conveyor of that."

Dr. Alice H. Cash
President, Healing Music Enterprises
"Tune Your Life with Music!"
3219 Marion Court
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
502/895-7688 (phone) 502/896-7277 (fax)
502/419-1698 (mobile)

   Healing Instrument of the Month

Focus on the CELLO

 Many people think that the cello, correctly called the violoncello, descended from the viols, but this isn't true. It originated in the 16th century as a member of the violin family. In the string family, the cello has the tenor voice. The cello has changed in size over the past several centuries, but otherwise it is basically the same. Stradivari was the violin maker who standardized the size of the modern cello. Many people believe that the early makers of string instruments, celli included, were single people, but they were actually families. Skills were passed from generation to generation. Nicolo is perceived as the best luthier of the Amati family, and Antonio Stradivari was one of his best students. He later became the greatest maker of violins and celli.

The cello has great potential as a healing instrument because of its warm, penetrating tone. Some people feel that the cello can re-produce a "sobbing" sound and like to listen to cello solos when they are feeling sad or needing to grieve a loss or a disappointment. Listen to this example and see what you think.

(Listen to Dvorak)

    A personal note from the Chantdoc

I wanted to brag a little bit about one of my children; my oldest daughter Julia is a violinist and will be playing this Sunday night, February 29th in Carnegie Hall. She keeps telling me it is "no big deal" because she's playing with the Boston Philharmonic, but to me it is a very big deal. For that reason, I left for NYC this past Thursday and returned on Monday. I would have loved to have met the New Yorkers among you. Please look at my calendar below - if you live in any of the cities listed, and would like to arrange a visit or workshop, please contact me - I will get right back to you.

   What can I do for YOU this year?

For those in the KY, IN, OH, and TN area, I am available to come to your town or city for civic meetings, after-dinner speeches, workshops and inservices. I can work clinically with patients or educationally with staff. Current dates include late March in the Tampa, Florida area and June 20-24 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I will be a plenary speaker at an International Wellness Conference at Lake Louise.

I offer regular week-end classes at Healing Music Enterprises here in Louisville on Music with Pregnancy, Music with Surgery, and Music with Alzheimer’s Patients. To get in one of these classes, call 502-895-7688. The cost is $50.00 for a two-hour class of 6-8 people.

February 24, 2004 "The Healing Power of Music" Douglas Boulevard Christian Church, Louisville.

March 12, 2004 "Toning and Chanting with Addictions" Promises Laguna (CA) (tentative)

March 13, 2004 "Toning and Chanting: The Beauty of Music as Therapy" Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group, Louisville.

April 22, 2004 "Music and Babies" Staff In-service at Baptist Hospital East, Louisville.

May 2004 TBA

June 20-24 "Exploring Health and Healing Conference" Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.

There are many sections and pages on my site To find what you want, put your cursor in the upper left-hand corner until the slide-out menu appears. Or go directly to the Site map page, for a full page directory at From there you can find the archived e-zines, articles and interviews with me, media clips from when I was on “The TODAY Show,” “Feelin’Great,” and “Sightings,” and much much more. I now have a Shoppe that sells my book, tapes, and CD, plus books and CD’s from other authors such as my mentor Don Campbell.

As always, I invite you to continue sending in your questions about health and healing using music. Best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

   Healing Music Services

Dr. Cash is available as a keynote speaker, workshop and seminar leader, course educator, and individual "music medicine consultations" with people, as well as 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.

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Alice H. Cash, Ph.D., LCSW
Healing Music Enterprises
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