We’ve all heard the saying “The song remembers when.” In good times and bad, there is always a musical note attached. Cynthia Murphy has made a fun list to remind you of the importance of ensuring that musicians remain healthy and able to do what they love.
1. Music helps make the best memories
Ever been to an amazing party that you’re still talking about today? Was there a band? Did you dance the night away to it? Now, imagine if that party didn’t have those musicians at the event. Probably not as memorable, right? Or remember that music festival where you met your best friend, husband, or wife? You ate, you drank, you danced. You probably still remember what song the band was playing when you met. And now, every time you hear it, you smile.
2. Music helps you get movin’ and groovin’
Your alarm goes off at 6am. Your favorite “Pump it up” song blasts as you get ready for that job you HAVE to go to. Yes, we know it’s painful. OR at the gym trying to stay motivated? those last few minutes on the treadmill can be torture without a good song. Music has been proven to increase performance. Now, imagine your morning or workout session without those songs because one of the musicians got sick, didn’t go to the doctor, and the band never made it into the recording studio. Yes, we mean business.
3. Music defines our culture and shapes our traditions
What would your city be like and your life in it without musicians? People travel from all over the world to listen to New Orleans Jazz and Funk. Ernie K-Doe famously said, “I’m not sure, but I’m almost positive that ALL music came from New Orleans.” And elsewhere too! Detroit was the birthplace of the Motown sound. Nashville has long played host to country music crooners looking for their big break. Could Austin remain weird without its musical children? Thanks Seattle for Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix!
4. Music Heals
Ever feel the need to relax with a calming tune, soothe the pain with a song you love or work out your frustrations singing in the kitchen? Listening to or playing music is both mentally and physically beneficial. In recent studies, music has been shown to have the ability to reduce pain, stress, and symptoms of depression and anxiety. It has also been proven to help improve one’s overall mood, ability to sleep, ability to focus and strengthen memory. Taking care of musicians means supporting those that take care of your soul.
5. Music brings us together
You may think that you have nothing in common with the person standing next to you, but when a song comes on, and you both start singing the lyrics, a magical connection can take place. Who knew that the Grizzly Adams gentleman standing next to the nurse who’s just worked a double, both share a favorite song. Music has been called the universal language that unifies us and musicians are the purveyors of that language.