From childhood, music has always influenced me. We kids listened to records; my parents played instruments and sang to us spontaneously. Before I left grade school, I had an eclectic repertoire in my mental playlist including all the Armed Forces theme songs, cowboy songs, lullabies, Broadway tunes, folk songs, hymns and could hum along with Mozart and Beethoven symphony pieces. (…and by “cowboy” songs I meant that literally as in, “Yippee Ti Yi Yo, get along little dogies”, and “When its twilight on the trail”…) (btw a “dogie” is a motherless calf in a cattle herd, pronounced doh-gi.)
As a singer, music is a source of true joy. A few years ago I was unable to sing or even speak very audibly. My vocal chord nerve has become permanently paralyzed during thyroid surgery. It was about 2 years before I was able to sing or speak, now you would never know that my vocal chord was still paralyzed. During those recovery years without music, this particular access to joy was sadly compromised.
The power of music has long interested me. Research shows that music causes the brain to release dopamine, a brain chemical that is beneficial to motivation. In fact, I read recently that music, often combined with dance, is used in rehabilitation for Parkinson’s disease and stroke according to Dr. Galina Mindlin and neuroscientist Don Durousseau who along with Joseph Cardillo, PhD authored a book on the subject of music and the brain entitiled “Your Playlist Can Change Your Life.” (Source: Khan, Amina. “Tune Into You.” Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/10/health/la-he-play-list-brain-20120310)
What are your childhood memories of music?
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