Music Musts: The healing power of music

Music Musts: The healing power of music
By Jonathan Duguid

By Jonathan Duguid

This week I write to you from my cozy bed, under a warm duvet, and highly medicated on flu-meds, as I try and beat the bug I came down with this past week.
I must admit, I found myself in a bit of a pickle, wondering what I could write about this week, especially as thanks to the meds, I’m in a rather hazy frame of mind.
But then it came to me – what’s the one thing I like to do when I’m stuck in bed feeling miserable?
The answer: listening to some good music.
Nothing beats feeling down than a beat itself. Whether I’ve had a bad day, feeling sad, or am stuck in bed, music always manages to find a way to uplift me, and heal me in a manner of speaking.

And it seems I’m not the only one who believes this. Leading clinical psychologist, Dr. Mike Friedman, suggests that music can have a major effect on us.
In a recent article, Dr. Friedman stated that music has positive physical effects, saying that music “can produce direct biological changes, such as reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels.”
He also said, “exposure to pro-social lyrics increases positive thought, empathy, and helping behavior.” The final point Friedman made about music was “any music that helps connect people can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health”.

So, there you have it – music can be healing!

And speaking of music, I best get onto where the best gigs are this weekend:

On Friday, May 23, singer/songwriter, Steve Van and violinist, Carly Nauta perform live at the Octopus’s Garden Restaurant and Wine Bar in St James. The show kicks-off at 8pm, and for more details, you can call: 021 788 5646.
Saturday, May 24, sees Heather Waters and her band bring Cape to Cuba, Kalk Bay alive. The gig is in the afternoon, from 4 to 7pm, and for more info, you can call: 021 788 1566.
Lastly, on Sunday, May 25, Sannie Fox will be performing at the Alma Café in Rosebank. The event starts at 6pm and for more details, you can call: 021 685 7377.

Twitter: @JonathanDuguid