If Music Be The Food Of Love

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One of Shakespeare’s most famous quotes is: “If music be the food of love, play on.” Music has indeed been the source of many an inspirational quote, with many likening it to a universal language. And like all languages, it has evolved over time. But it’s more than jazz, rock and roll, the blues or gospel, to name a few relatively recent genres. It has a rich history that some regard as being rooted if not in religion, certainly in spirituality. Indeed, many deep thinkers have written essays on its therapeutic and mood-altering qualities. Perhaps Norman Greenbaum’s classic and memorable1969 hit, “Spirit in the Sky” captured it most notably. Studies of sound show us that music is all about frequencies and vibrations. Indeed, musical…show more content…
It can also provide some relief to heart attack and stroke victims and patients undergoing surgery. Research suggests that music may promote the brain 's ability to make new connections between nerve cells. Another idea is that it works its magic through its rhythms. Humans are rhythmic beings: Our heartbeat, breathing, and brain waves are all rhythmic. The human brain and nervous system are hard-wired to distinguish music from noise and to respond to rhythm and repetition, tones and tunes Ancient societies have used the power of musical rhythm to hypnotise, heal and induce states of higher consciousness for centuries - indeed the theory behind the repetitive, rhythmic entrainment of binaural beats works on the same principal. Scientific studies back up Dr Kamaroff 's words, and music has shown music to be effective at reducing stress and pain. This study concluded that: Spontaneous live harp music significantly decreased patient perception of pain by 27% in a ICU setting. The reduction in patient 's perception of pain supports the introduction of live harp music into the ICU as a non-invasive means to reduce patient pain. And this study showed that: Music listening impacted the psychobiological stress system. Listening to music prior to a standardized stressor predominantly affected the autonomic nervous system (in terms of a faster recovery), and to a lesser degree the endocrine and psychological stress response. What Are the Solfeggio
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