October 25th through 31st is National Magic Week. That always brings to mind the old “Rocky & Bullwinkle” sketch of “Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat. Button up my sleeve & presto” at which point something other than a rabbit would appear. For others, images of Houdini may spring to mind,
There is also the magic of music for which the lyrics of “Old Black Magic” create a great frame to explain.
“That old black magic has me in its spell, that old black magic that you weave so well.” – Music is able to reach us emotionally in ways that have been a mystery. It is common to hear someone say that music touched me or that song moved me. Researches are now uncovering many inner workings of the brain. Yet, I doubt they will ever be able to fully explain the emotional impact music can make.
“Those icy fingers up and down my spine. That same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine. “ – There is a physical side to music. Some music can bring on a relaxed state while other excites us.
“The same old tingle that I feel inside, and then that elevator starts its ride. And down and down I go, round and round I go, like a leaf that’s caught in the tide. I should stay away, but what can I do? “ – There are some indications music be effective in pain management, reducing blood pressure, speed post-stroke recovery, and boost immunity. While there is not conclusive evidence, it indicates areas for future research and ways music therapy may play a supportive role now & in the future. If you would like more information, see “Surprising Effects of Music” on eMedExpert and the Music Therapy Research Blog.
“I hear your name and I’m aflame. Aflame with such a burning desire that only your kiss can put out the fire. For you’re the lover I have waited for, the mate that fate had me created for. And every time your lips meet mine, darling,” – Music seems to be able to reach us when we are in pain, when we are joyful. Music and productivity has been the basis of many studies. Kimberly Sena Moore, MT-BC explored this topic in a Psychology Today post Music and Productivity.
“…down and down I go, round and round I go. In a spin, loving the spin I’m in, under that old black magic called love.” – Music is something that seems to pull us in. Enjoy it, explore it, experience it in a variety of settings. Enjoy the magic of music.
Want to learn more about music and its impact on our lives? Check out these books:
- The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song by Elena Mannes
- This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
- The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin
- Musicophillia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks