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Music as Therapy — Newtown, CT — Sandy Hook Elementary

Music Therepy — Newtown, CT — Sandy Hook Elementary

“May the music set you free.”Carlos Santana

Transcending all borders, nationalities and native tongues, music is that all inspiring Dionysian element that drives people to love, puts a smile on their faces, soothes them in time of despair, makes them feel “cool,” makes the roses smell that much better, and sheds a different light on what they see…It can provide a wonderful boost for a community service message.  Music, both musically and in its lyrics, assists in facing the future with confidence and hope…

These are the words, from the beginning of the chapter Music: The Universal Language, that I wrote back in 1994 from the book ISES Gold.

The President of the US said it best when he stated, “I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope it helps for you to know that you’re not alone in your grief, that our world, too, has been torn apart, that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you.”

Or as Carlos Santana remarked on being accepted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, “May the music set you free.”  Or from classical music Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony or Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration may be therapy.

As “mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow,” then maybe words WITH music can.

There is a tune called, “Peace and Love.” co-written by Neil Young and Eddie Vedder (from Pearl Jam) and recorded as well as released, on the 1995 album “Mirror Ball.”  http://youtu.be/5rT5DKzuEFM

Peace and love
Flying so high
Peace and love
Too young to die
Peace and love
Now you decide
Stay for the children
You don’t really want to go
Can’t feel it
pulling like you did
Peace and love

For those that wish to delve into this very important, yet still not fully explored element of music as therapy, there are a number of books which you might be interested in.  (I wrote about, and made reference to, “The Mozard Effect” in my book, “Event Entertainment and Production.”)

  • Defining Music Therapy by Kenneth E. Bruscia (Jan 1, 1998)
  • Music Therapy for the Autistic Child by Juliette Alvin and Auriel Warwick (Feb 13, 1992)
  • The New Music Therapist’s Handbook by Suzanne B. Hanser (Mar 1, 2000)
  • Case Studies in Music Therapy by Kenneth E. Bruscia (Jul 1, 1991)
  • The Miracle of Music Therapy by Rajendra Menen (Dec 30, 2004)
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition by Oliver Sacks (Sep 23, 2008)
  • The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit by Don G. Campbell (Sep 18, 2001)
  • An Introduction to Music Therapy Theory and Practice Third Edition by William B. Davis, Kate E. Gfeller, Michael H. Thaut and American Music Therapy Association (Aug 31, 2008)
  • Music As Medicine by Deforia Lane and Rob Wilkins (Feb 3, 1996)
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