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Music and Healing

A recent article on WebMD pointed to the effects listening to music may have on those who suffer from chronic pain.

A study in June’s Journal of Advanced Nursing shows that adults with chronic pain reported less pain, depression, and disability and felt more empowered after a week of listening to music for an hour a day.

It didn’t matter what kind of music they listened to, the study shows.

To those of us who have been through medical issues, this is not really news. But, it is reassuring to see that the medical community is finding validity in the wonderful effects of music in the healing process. For me I clearly remember shortly after my 2nd surgery in a month, walking on a treadmill, listening to some of my favorite music and smiling. People around me probably thought I was insane, walking on a treadmill with a big wide grin on my face – but really, I couldn’t help it. I felt full of hope and overall happiness. I attribute some of this to the music running through my head, still today it energizes me, makes me bounce in my seat, and gives me a little rush.

I listen to a pretty broad range of music. You can check out some of my music on my Last.fm site. I haven’t been sending them information as much as I’d like lately, but you’ll see a pretty good overview of what I listen to. Right now, as I type this, I’m listening to Live – Songs from Black Mountain. This is a really good album, full of good rocking tunes with an overall positive feel.

I say, listen to music everyday and you’ll feel just a little bit better. Find something you like and can relate to, to me lyrics are as important as the overall sound. I like music that speaks to me, that I can relate to on a personal level. That might mean that sometimes I need some angry, aggressive music (like Linkin Park for example) while other times I want something more low key and easy to listen to (maybe some JoshGroban). Overall, music makes me feel better. How about you?

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New Pearl Jam Album

For about the last 30 minutes or so I have been listening to the brand new Pearl Jam album. I have to tell you, and I am by no means a Pearl Jam fanboy, this is a really great album.

This self titled album has a little of everything, a couple of rocking tunes (World Wide Suicide, Comatose) that really remind me of Nirvana in their prime – surprisingly melodic yet really very grungy and dark. Additionally, the album contains a down tempo ballad (Parachutes) that really showcases Eddie Vedder’s remarkable vocal talents. He is, and will be remembered as one of the great front-men of all time. The rest of the album fill it out nicely and it will prove to be an album that is nice to listen to in its entirety. It will be included in my playlist…

All in all, I think this album is Pearl Jam’s best effort since Ten and will do very well. It should make the Pearl Jam die hards happy as well as cater to the pop-rock radio crowd.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think…

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A little music…

As a frequent reader of WWdN and WWdN in Exile, Wil turned me on to some excellent music by Mike Doughty. Take a listen and let me know what you think. So far, I’m impressed.Also, while totally different from Mike Doughty, Fort Minor, a solo album by Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda is also an excellent effort. Loads of different textures, emotions, and sound – the album explores some very interesting areas.

Oh yeah, before I forget – give a listen to Wil Wheaton’s fresman effort at podcasting. You can find the audio here. Wil is funny, entertaining, and, above all, tells a good story.

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