Music is all around us. It is on TV, in the movies, on the radio, in bars and in clubs. Concerts are some of the highest grossing events for some cities. What is one of the first things you do when you get in the car? Turn on the radio! Not only is music entertaining, but it has some pretty great healing powers too.
Think back to a time when you were in a really bad mood. What kind of music did you listen to? Some opt for calm and soothing music such as classical music or their favorite crooner. Others like to opt for some fast and loud rock and drum their aggressions out on the steering wheel. Music is a great expression of how we are feeling at the moment and helps us to release those emotions that we have bottled up.
Marc Neikrug is a composer of contemporary music. He has performed in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. The last piece of music that he wrote was written with healing in mind. He took inspiration from the pueblo reservation that he lives on in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He listened to the music of the healing ceremonies that were held on the land and incorporated that into his compositions. He originally wrote the composition for people who were dealing with cancer to help calm them down and spread a sense of healing over them.
Neikrug says that people should think about what they are choosing to listen to and before they listen to it think about why they are choosing that song. It is one effective way of reducing stress but if you pick out the wrong song you can end up more stressed than before!