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The Power of Song

The Power of Song

I caught an interesting discussion on CBC Radio this morning about the power of music as therapy.  Music can be used to soothe and revitalize those suffering from dementia, for example.

A popular example of this can be seen in this clip of Henry that made the rounds a few years ago.

The music therapist said they were experiencing the most success with the music one enjoyed most as a young person in their late teens.  For me, that would be the very early 90s.  In the very early 90s, my go-to musical acts were:

  • Nirvana
  • Pearl Jam
  • Public Enemy
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Soundgarden
  • Beastie Boys

Even today I feel a sense of revitalization when I hear a tune I was cranking on my Walkman back in '92.  Start a cut from Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet and I'll finish it for you.  Play me the opening chords from Pearl Jam's Porch and I become Eddie Vedder.

It's the power of song.  There's nothing like it.

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