Exploring the Benefits of Music

daraToday’s question comes to us from… Dr. Sally!

Based on some casual blogging on this post Music, Education, and More, I formulated a question for Dara Blaker, our most recent guest specialist. What follows is that question with Dara’s informative answer.


I was very taken with your comment “I hear things that are visual.” Not too many people can do that. Would you be willing to share with us a little more about that? I was wondering if that is a skill that others can learn, even to a small degree.

In addition, I would love to hear more about your other comment about music having healing properties.


Sure. I think it’s a bit of both – internal as well as learned. For me, sound triggers many senses. Certain sounds trigger taste such as a metallic taste as well as color. I’ve always wanted to be a foley artist (the person who creates sound effects for movies) so I hear visuals. I also think hearing visuals can be taught, like in a composition class for film. There are certain rules of orchestration, etc that can be learned.

Regarding healing properties, different pitches and timbres trigger our chakras and cause us to vibrate differently. On a more emotional level, music affects our emotions and that’s why different genres of music appeal to different people.

June! The Month of the Dads

Summer is here, and that is something to sing about! Here are some words that come to my mind:

“Summertime, summertime, sum, sum summertime!” These are just a few of the beginning words from the old-time hit song “Summertime, Summertime” by the Jamies.

Now I am thinking of more happy summer words:

And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

This verse and many more are from George Gershwin’s legendary hit song “Summertime.”

Enjoy these two old standbys, find others, and of course, feel free to make up your own!

Songs and singing about happy times can change a child’s sullen mood in moments!

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