You probably already know I’m talking about Al Jolson. And you probably already know he was the guy who made movie history when “The Jazz Singer” premiered as the first “talkie.”
Yeah, after all those silent movies, with their subtitles to explain the dialogue, people were ecstatic to be able to hear movie stars talk. Because there’s just something about sound. And, in quite a few of my articles, I’ve shared some of the wonderful benefits of sound.
But wait a minute…
I think it’s important to go over a few of them again. Because it seems like there’s still a lot of stress out there.
So, first, there’s the whole relaxation aspect of sound therapy. The right kinds of sounds can sort of soak into your system and help to restore your equilibrium. Physical and emotional. Some of the more metaphysical types would say that “sound healing helps you find your harmony.” A little dippy skippy. But I won’t dis it completely.
I’ve seen multiple sources say that sound healing can help improve your sleep, ease chronic pain, and lower blood pressure. Wait a minute! I thought only doctors and meds could do such amazing things. OK, what about cholesterol and heart disease, smarty pants? Well, yeah. Sound healing supposedly can help lower those, too.
Yeah, but those are physical ailments. What’s sound gonna do for stuff like anxiety, depression, and the ever-present, soul-destroying stress? Three words for you. Re duce ’em. Not only those mental health benefits, but also balance, clarity, and a new and improved sense of purpose.
These thoughts surfaced in me, today, after an hour solo drive.
I had an opportunity to scan through local FM radio stations as I drove. Most times I drive without music so I can concentrate on the words and music that always swirl around in my brain. But today I decided to check out the local radio. And it was a huge disappointment. Station after station of template tunes. And tons of commercials.
I finally landed on a classical music station. Aahh. A big portion of the drive was one orchestral composition. But I didn’t get to finish it. Because it was Franz Schubert’s famous “Unfinished Symphony.” (side note: it’s basically a guarantee that Franz didn’t name it that)
But here’s the thing. Classical music (not all of it) is your best shot at the health benefits or so-called “sound healing.” Because only classical music contains enough movement and differentiation to occupy enough of your mind for your body to benefit. Wow, that’s a mouthful when you say it out loud.
If you’re looking for an alternative to pharmacopeia, supplementia (I made that up) and doctoroddicies (I made that up, too), look no further than classical music.
Oh yeah, there’s one more benefit of sound that trumps them all. Faith. And I mean actual trusting faith in the one, true, living, loving God who created you. There’s even a famous quote that says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Just some sound food for thought.
That’s about all I’ve got.
Except to say I know this way
Is one that should be sought.
(don’t wait a minute more if you haven’t already checked out that quote)
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