Monthly Archives: May 2013

Eric Clapton & John Mayall with The Blues Breakers…

“Hide Away” or “Hideaway” is a blues guitar instrumental that has become “a standard for countless blues and rock musicians performing today”. First recorded in 1960 by Freddie King, the song became an R&B and pop chart hit. Since then, it has been interpreted and recorded by numerous blues and other musicians. Here is a version performed by Eric Clapton & John Mayall with The Blues Breakers.

The Healing Power of Music…!!

healing power“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”  ~Plato

Studies in music indicate that it is a natural healer. When we listen to music we love, that certain melody resonates deep in our soul and can provide a space in time where all problems disappear.  Music, the right music to our liking, has a way of touching our souls in a deep and subtle way.  And the people who breathe life into their instruments and lyrics lift our spirits.  Music can bring us back to life from a depressed state.  We can be resuscitated by a single inspirational melody. Hospitals around the world are using music therapy as a way to ease a patient’s pain, lower blood pressure, and reduce anxiety and depression, allowing patients to heal faster. Often, music therapy is more cost-effective than administering medication, especially for patients with anxiety, sleep disturbances or pain. Usually after twenty minutes of music, there are observable effects, such as singing, foot tapping, and clapping. Studies have shown that the results of a musical therapy session last for several hours afterward. Positive results include elevated mood, increased socialization and appetite and reduction in agitation. The power of music often inspires physical movement and can be used in combination to encourage gentle exercise. Music is primal to life and expressed by each of us every day whether through dancing to a favorite tune, keeping rhythm with a pencil or remembering a special time when hearing a forgotten melody. These benefits are attributed to the stimulation the brain receives during a music therapy session, a sort of “cognitive workout” inspiring us to coin the phrase, “What exercise is to the body, music is to the brain.”