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Underscore Everything With Music and Thrive

By Sandy Schroeder

I have always believed most of us resort to music when we are mad, sad or glad. Certain songs can instantly bring up a beautiful memory, or ease our pain when we have to let someone go. 

If music works for you, you may want to consider building more of it into your life. Turning on the right tunes really can power that early morning workout, just as a soft piano jazz solo can be a cue to wind down the day and drift off to sleep.

Airborne Piano Notes

I was reminded how much music means to all of us when I learned my local airport is making a piano available to allow travelers to share their talents with fellow travelers.

The John Wayne Airport in Orange County has copied the "Play Me, I'm Yours" street piano model with a grand piano in the upper levels of Terminals A and B, inviting ticketed travelers to sit down and play between flights.

This may be one more way to let us relax to slow down and connect as we travel.

Chase Away the Pain

A couple years ago I saw music at work again in a local hospital where resident physicians, who also played in a jazz combo in the evening, brought their guitars and horns to work. The goal was to lighten the burden of their young patients -- who were often in pain -- in the children's cancer ward. The results were dramatic and rewarding. Most of the young patients were thrilled, eagerly awaiting the next visit of the resident doctors. These innovative physicians moved beyond pain medication to help their young patients endure their pain.

The Sound of Family Unity

I have also seen what music can do for a family. My uncle's daughter and husband have three boys. They all play instruments, march in their school bands, and love to give informal concerts in their home with their parents, who also play instruments. All three boys are active guys with their own individual interests, but music has proven to be a perfect way to help them all stay connected.

Make Music Work for You

Ask yourself how music could improve your life.

  • Could you and your kids learn to play an instrument?
  • Could music soften and brighten the days if you are at home with young children?
  • Could music ease your freeway travels, after work runs, or daily walks?
  • Could your favorite tunes keep you walking another mile on the treadmill?
  • Could you help your family wind down in the evening with the soft sounds of jazz?

Think about the music that you enjoy, and how you might extend that pleasure to inspire, motivate or relax you more.

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