Need a Lift, Listen to Music

United States
October 14, 2007 6:34pm CST
Today when I was at a client's house I mentioned to her that her house was always quiet. From my observations I knew she was a musically talented person. She has many cd's in her library that go unplayed. I asked her if she ever listened to music. She said it had been a long time. It was at that moment that she pushed herself in her wheelchair to the corner of her living room and opened a cabinet door. There was a cd player inside. She took a copy of Neil Diamond and placed it in the player. His voice warmed the air. Her mood changed. Her face softened. She smiled. She told me that she once enjoyed listening to music and did it often. She thanked me. Music can lift you up when you are feeling down.
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16 responses
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
15 Oct 07
You are so right! We just spent a vacation at Disney and after walking all day long, I could barely move, came back to the hotel...heard the music and i was moving again...at least long enough to get to the room. There is no doubt of the power of music.
• United States
15 Oct 07
It can give you the boost to get you past that slump.
@GardenGerty (99411)
• United States
15 Oct 07
It is true, and listening to music is something I need to do more often. I do observe that I have more energy if I play energetic music, and I would almost bet I automatically burn more calories when doing so. This is a good tip. They also say that listening to music helps your brain cells. I know that agitated people often are calmed by music. There are certain therapies that involve music, too. When I took my social services training class the instructor spoke of a special kind of chair that allows the music to resonate in your body. This is a really wonderful, free, harmless tip.
• United States
15 Oct 07
My daughter was considering music therapy as a major. She has a bachelors in liberal arts. Who knows, one day she may go back and pick up where she left off.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
15 Oct 07
Hopefully your client has been revived on the benefits of listening to music. My hubby plays music a lot more than me. I like it as background, as I find it relaxing too.
• United States
17 Oct 07
Hearing music while I am working helps to make the day pass a bit more quickly.
@shadowing (309)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 07
Yea, music does own the ability to lift us up when we are down, I mean it's especially true for my case. My mood swing a lot following the music. Haha.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Wow! Well done! If you live in silence all of the time, you only have your own thoughts to listen to. Sometimes that is not good especially if we dwell on what if's, or regrets, or past hurts. We all need to look forward, not backwards, and need to focus on the positive. If you believe in God, focusing on Him is crucial to getting through each day. I like listening to Christian music. It helps keep me sane. LOL
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Oct 07
That's very true, Elusive. I have used music as a part of my therapy for many years. I also have different genres of music that I prefer to listen to depending on my mood. Music is a powerful force and can be a great equalizer in our lives. It has brought me through some of the roughest patches in my life. That is why I always try to keep a nice quality sound system even if my furniture is not up to par.
• United States
17 Oct 07
I remember listening to music from an old record player. It wasn't great, but it played the records well enough to be heard.
@wotfpatty (2068)
• United States
17 Oct 07
Music has been a huge part of my life. I have gotten through two totally medication free childbirths by listening to music I prepared and loved. It honestly kept me from freaking out. I have been through root canals and teeth pullings (I HATE dental procedures but refuse to be put to sleep), scary tests, long trips, my first terrified plane trip and all trips since and so much more. I recently has to have an MRA on my head to see if I had a brain aneurysm (My mother and older sister both had one that burst which makes me very, very susceptible) and I was sooooooo scared. More of the results than the test but I also am claustrophobic and had to be in a tiny enclosed tube. Ugh. As soon as I heard the music though, I relaxed and go through it. It can really be relaxing and helps me control painful procedures by taking me away from the pain and fear.
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• United States
16 Oct 07
I like listening to music. I don't do it much while I'm in the house though. I usually just listen to it when I'm in the car. I should start playing it more while I'm in the house.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Music sure does have the ability to raise ones spirits. It can take your mind off your troubles and calm your nerves. I love music and listen to it often. Clasical music has the ability to calm me down alot when I am upset
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@azimsay (545)
• India
15 Oct 07
It is not necessary music in lift.Because we have no time to listen music.In few a second we get our place to get out from lift.No time...
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
15 Oct 07
Music does make you feel good. I think it was that it was hard for her to get along in her wheelchair. She had to push herself so she had to make the effort. Also she might have wanted someone to appreciate the music, and maybe her other visitors did not give her the idea that they did. But you did and I like Neil Diamond. If you are depressed, music is one way of taking you to another world, so for a time, she probably imagined herself singing and playing an instrument, being at the concert, or whatever she did when she was younger.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I love to listen to music. It does seem to help when you are in a down mood. We also listen to music when we are cleaning. A fast beat makes the time go by real fast.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
That's really great to hear, music has lots of wonders that we tend to ignore. For me I always listen to music, no matter what I feel inside. It changes my mood, from being weary and uneasy to a calm feeling and light-headed person. Music and it's wonders, it's a gift to us to appreciate life and the beauty that is around us!;)
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
15 Oct 07
This is so true, whenever I am feeling down I always listen to music. It is the best cure and sometimes the only thing that can lift my mood.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
19 Oct 07
I listen to upbeat music when I need to get moving and clean. I also have to turn off the computer or I find myself stopping and doing some things on it. I turn the music on and it seems to keep me going.
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
18 Oct 07
Yes, music is also used in therapy and realy have a positive effects. If you are alone and feeling lonely you can listen to upbeat music. If you are worried or tense, listen to soft music. It really depends on your mood and the kind of music you should listen to. Even babbies on thier mothers' womb are said to be benefiting from the kind of music their mothers listen to.