The Healing Power of Music

Music is always been my biggest muse. I don’t think I’ve missed a Grammy’s yet since I was a little girl. I would grab a bowl of popcorn and rush to my parents room, (I wasn’t allowed to have a tv in my room growing up-oh how times have changed!) plop myself down, and be in pure heaven for 3 hours. After watching the Grammy’s this past Sunday, it’s still incredible to me to see how much music has changed and how sounds have integrated with each other to make some of the most unique artists, song writers, and musicians. Cultures, genres, and inspiration have collided into an explosive industry. Some of today’s talent completely blows my mind.

Ever since I can remember music has always been apart of my life. I began playing the drums at 9, sang in the choir and chorus from age 6 till highschool,  began writing songs in middle school, and I even picked up the guitar. But I let that all come to screeching halt once I got into highschool, sports became the priority. But I would spend hours listening to every genre of music out there from jazz and blues to country and as we used to call it “Top 40.” 🙂 Everything from B.B. King and Miles Davis to Floggy Molly and Elton John. I seem to have some weird sixth sense for picking up the lyrics to songs after listening to them only two or three times, and now I’ve seemed to pass that trait on to my 3-year-old daughter who is constantly singing the words to every Taylor Swift song and claims that Justin Bieber is her boyfriend! (Boy am I in for it when she turns 15!)

The power of music is awe-inspiring. It can heal the soul and also help with the rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injuries. It can boost your mood, give you inspiration, mend a broken heart, give insight into life, fight depression, comfort, and relieve pain. It can be the perfect song on your wedding day, send memories rushing back, take you to a far off land, and even be your best friend when you need one the most.

Music has always been such an influential part of life. My dad used to tell me growing up that “if I could remember half of my school work like I remember song lyrics, I’d be a genius.” LOL! Looking back now, I rememeber the days of pretending to be Casey Kasem making my own radio shows, to actually working for radio stations, bartending in music venues, flipping through cases upon cases of CD’s I refuse to part with, and the endless, I seriously mean endless ticket stubs thrown into a scrapbook. Music has been my muse, my inspiration, fueled my passion, ignited a spark, filled gaping holes in my heart, and changed my very own personal story many times.

Life can be complete chaos sometimes, it can spin and turn us upside down at a moments notice. But knowing you can turn on a switch, click on Itunes, grab your Iphone, or just on turn up the radio, you can find peace, hope, love, laughter, help, excitement, and complete wellness in a matter of seconds. I think some times as humans we’re always looking for the “bigger picture” and miss out on the simplest things searching for the bigger ones. Music is that small simple pleasure that can change your day or life in a matter of seconds.

So here’s my challenge to you for the week. Turn off the tv, dig through your old CDs, Itunes, Pandora, and now 8tracks. (The new upcoming thing!) And find out what speaks to you. You never know what you’ll gain from dusting off that old John Coltrane vinyl. 😉 Don’t forget to comment and let me know some of your favorites. Or how music has changed your life. I love hearing from you. So, turn it up and dance like no ones watching!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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