Chances are by the time you read this, the Valentine’s leftovers are on a back clearance rack, the heart decorations have been removed from the classroom walls, and the push for romantic meals for two at local restaurants in but a memory.

While the romantic music is not currently the predominate playlist for radio stations, love songs are still being played. Favorite music videos are being shared on Facebook and Twitter. People are still making music.

Holidays come and go. The years go by. Memories are made and forgotten. (Sounds like a Jim Croce song.) Chances are when someone mentions a holiday, a song or two comes to mind. Someone mentions a major event in your life, you remember a song that was popular at that time.

Music is often woven into our memories. Music can connect us to emotions.

Music speaks. It can express what we find difficult to say in words. It is “yes, that is what I want to say, to share”. Sometimes. music speaks to the heart, to our heart. Music speaks to the heart

It is important to remember that each person has a unique emotional response to a piece of music based upon their preferences and their experiences. As caregivers, it is SO important to remember this. Just because you find something comforting doesn’t mean the child or the older adult you are caring for will feel the same.

Be aware of how YOU emotional respond to the music you hear and the music you make. Is it the same exact emotion each time you hear “that” piece? Do you play/sing it with same exact emotion each time?

Learning your own responses to music will help you to better identify these in others. And, you will better understand what music speaks to YOUR heart.



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