I saw this sign on a major street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada many years ago and have always remembered it: "Music is heard with the ears, but felt with the heart." Now isn't that true?! ;)
I have always been sensitive to music as it moved me deeply. I also used to listen to the radio for hours recording music, especially dance music. As the years went by, I progressed to listening primarily to instrumental and choral music.
As you know, music can uplift one's spirits through inspiring music and conversely can also heal therapeutically as in music with sad tones that might aid in the grieving process.
This can be a part of music therapy. A definition that comes from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_therapy) is as follows,
Music therapy is an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies, consisting of a process in which a music therapist uses music and all of its facets - physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual - to help clients improve their physical and mental health..In particular,
Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life, by using music experiences such as free improvisation, singing, and listening to, discussing, and moving to music to achieve treatment goals.As you know, music can uplift one's spirits through inspiring music and can also heal therapeutically as with music with sad tones that might aid in the grieving process for example.
Has music helped you heal and if so, in what way? What genres of music do you love or prefer?