Cooking with all its different modalities is my website’s main focus. However my interest encompasses more than cooking. Some of my activities I enjoy beside cooking, include art, outdoor activities, music and exercise. At this time I will examine music and give you my interpretation of it.

Our bodies are sacred temples. We must pay attention to every aspect of our temple from the foundation to the very top of the temple. In other words, we need a holistic approach to our bodies to obtain and maintain optimum health. We all know the body is composed of many different systems. We have the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory and reproductive systems, to name a few. However the body is unique, complicated and complex system where all systems are harmoniously, synchronistically, intertwine, what effects one system effects them all.

A holistic approach encompasses the whole being, all the systems, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. This is the reason why I have blended music into my life as a major component.

If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the aging process, listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout. Studies have shown that music produces several positive effects on our body and brain. Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory. Research has also shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, and mental alertness.

Therapeutically music has played a big role throughout the years, Evidences was presented as a result of a experiment conducted in 1914 with patients undergoing surgery. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that phonograph in operating room was a means of calming and distracting patients from the horror of the situation as they lie awake during surgery. Today, we have anesthesia, music is used to calm nerves before surgery. Valium type drugs are used as sedatives but they can have a variety of negative side effects including sometimes making people even more agitated. A study was performed to see if relaxing music had a greater anxiety reducing effect than a standard dose of drugs. The results revealed that playing soft jazz worked significantly better than the drugs. The music produced lower anxiety scores, lower heart rate, and lower blood pressure and the difference in the side effects of relaxing music compared to the drug is obvious. There were none, soft jazz causes no post-operative hangover.

The results of listening to music can sometimes be mystifying. Music has been found to stimulate parts of the brain. Studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, including a study conducted at UC Irvine, which showed that scores on memory tests of Alzheimer’s patients improved when they listened to classical music. Other studies have found that classical music enhances memory retrieval, including Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The thought is that classical music helps fire off synapses, creating or re-energizing brain pathways previously left dormant.

Music is present in every part of our lives. Our spiritual rituals are framed with songs, children learn the alphabet through song and the malls and cafes we frequent are rarely silent. Did you also know that early childhood is critical time to support children’s desire to sing, move and play with sound. Research shows that music and music experiences support the formation of important brain connections that are being established over the first three years of life.

Music triggers the hormones oxytocin and serotonin, responsible for bonding, trust and intimacy. Music brings people together, allowing us to experience the same emotions such as, happiness after watching a funny movie, sorrow and sadness while attending a funeral or fear during a earthquake. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit.

In conclusion, music is one of the greatest creation of mankind. Creativity in the pure and undiluted form is the true definition of music. Music is an important part of our life as it is a way of expressing our feeling as well as emotions. Some people consider music as a way to escape from the pain of life. Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. It gives you relief and allows you to reduce stress. Music is a powerful therapy that will make you calm down and in the moment of joy, it will make you cheerful. Furthermore, it develops the mind and boosts your self confidence. Music plays a more important role in our life than just being a source of entertainment.

As stated earlier, this is my interpretation of music. I sincerely hope after reading this you will look upon music with a similar interpretation an recognize it’s many treasures. Signing off for now.