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Music has many benefits

I’m sure you’re all familiar with expressions such as oldies but goodies, a blast from the past and the good ole days, but have you ever given them much thought?

Have you ever been guilty of reaching over and cranking the radio up just a bit when certain songs come on? I know I have. I love to do this. Each time, there’s an instant flashback of people, places and memories of days gone by. Sometimes it takes me back to memories which make me smile, other times it’s a stroll down memory lane of past heartache or loved ones who have passed.

Some songs take me directly back to specific events such as 9-1-1.

I get teary without fail, when I hear titles such as Pomp and Circumstance, Taps and the Wedding March.

Why is this? In part, I think it’s because music has such a powerful effect on us. We can instantly be reminded of specific memories when we hear certain songs. This is why, in my case anyway, certain classics immediately take me back to my younger days. It’s as if we are instantly taken back in time so to speak.

I know this is dating myself but the number one hit the year I graduated high school was Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, by Tony Orlando and Dawn. This song still brings a smile and reminds me of new beginnings, growth and change. Y.M.C.A. by Village People was a top hit the year my daughter was born, so it reminds me of yet another new chapter in life.

Music is definitely a huge part of our culture, and research has shown it to be an essential part of our health. For example, I love a rainy day. I’m even OK with thunderstorms. However, if you happen to be one who typically feels down or unmotivated on these days, try listening to some peppy music the next time and see for yourself.

Regardless of the era, I’m sure there’s a song to take each of us back to a special time, a special place, a special event, or a special person.

I think performer Billy Joel sums it up nicely when he said, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by no matter what our culture. Everyone loves music.”

Gloria Wall, www.journalreview.com, www.msidallas.com