I came across this video via an article on Huffington Post, and had to share it. As you see in the video, the mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s, but as her son plays the guitar and sings to her she is instantly filled with joy and smiles all over. Although she has a hard time remembering things and people, the music still brought her happiness.
Music has the power to heal, maybe not physically, but it can definitely soothe the soul and lighten the heart. I’ve heard many stories of artists singing for a family member or friend who may be in a nursing home, hospital or even hospice. The music takes them to a place mentally and spiritually that at times they don’t even feel the pain, all they feel is joy and peace. Sometimes that’s all a person needs when dealing with certain ailments. Some music to lift their spirits and provide them with a time of relaxation and enjoyment in the midst of their situation.
Here’s a challenge to you for the 2nd half of 2016, take some time to visit a family member, friend or even someone you don’t know that may be dealing with a sickness or other physical ailment. If you sing, sing for them. If you play an instrument, play for them. If you don’t do either, ask a friend who does to visit with you for 30 minutes or so. You’ll be amazed at how the music you provide can lift the spirits of another.