Music as medicine

Music as medicine

Music as medicine

May 21, 2017
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I listen to podcasts in the Overcast-app. However, since the beginning of the year, the app won’t update, so I can not access any new podcasts. Instead of trouble-shoot and solve it (I even think I know why it stopped updating…), I’ve been listening to some of my favorite podcasts instead, over and over again. I’ve been listening many times over to my favorite Swedish podcast series with Per Johansson and Eric Schüldt, but as those are in Swedish, I won’t be writing about them (here). Without a doubt, my favorite podcast show, all categories, is – and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, this will not come as a surprise to you – On Being with Krista Tippett.

Craig Minowa is the lead-singer of Cloud Cult, a band I’d never heard before I listened to the conversation Music and the ritual of performance at On Being.

After experiencing a personal tragedy, Craig used music as medicine, to get himself through the experience. He says that music is…BoldomaticPost_music-as-medicine

”[…] Something very, very spiritual and sacred. If you look at the history of music, for the vast majority of time, people have used music as medicine, or as a connection to the divine, and as a very, very sacred tool.”

If you are anything like me, you’re nodding your head, going Oh, yeah, tell me about it! I can’t even begin to count the number of times when music was my savior in bad times! But music is not just medicine for bad times, it can easily add innumerable levels to the highest of mental states of wellbeing. Not to mention the sensations of creating music – alone or together!

In 2015 I ran a series on herothecoach.com with Sunday postings of podcasts to my liking. In 2017 I will be re-posting some of those blog posts, mixing them up with new podcast recommendations, such as this one

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