Music is medicine for the soul, and this is the perfect time to celebrate music icons and the influence music has on us. Few things have the power to promote harmony, peace, and unity among people everywhere as does music.
Music as a Positive Influence
1. Creates Positive Vibes
- Playing music in the workplace can create a more positive atmosphere, which can help to improve morale and productivity.
2. Reduces Stress
- Music has been shown to reduce stress levels and help people relax, which can lead to increased productivity. Sweden’s University of Gothenburg study found that listening to music helps lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
3. Improves Memory
- Studies have also shown that music can improve memory and help people to remember tasks more easily.
4. Increases Focus
- For many, music helps to increase focus and concentration, which brings improved productivity in the workplace.
5. Enhances Creativity
- One of my favorite things about the power of music is that it can stimulate creativity and help people think outside the box, which generates more innovative solutions.
6. Boosts Motivation
- Increased focus (see above) can also motivate people and encourage them to work harder and more effectively.
7. Promotes Teamwork
- Tunes can also help to promote teamwork and encourage collaboration, leading to better results.
Moreover, music has the power to promote peace, break down barriers between people of different cultures, and be a powerful force for good in the world.
As I travel, I see that music is a universal language everyone can understand. For example, our Free Radicals band has played songs from the Beatles, Toto, Doobie Brothers, Boston, and more. It’s wonderful to see people singing, smiling, and dancing, whether we’re playing in Mexico, Europe, the United States, China, or Korea.
As many of you know, I gained a love for music from my parents, who bought a piano before they bought a car.
My dad returned from the war, married my mom, and bought a beautiful piano before buying a car because they valued music that much. In those early days of marriage without a car, my dad rode his bike to work and took my mom on the back of his bicycle on trips to the store.
Some people couldn’t understand it. My parents didn’t have a car, but they had a beautiful piano. Music was that important to them — essential, actually.
I shared these thoughts and more in a news release that went out on Feb. 1, 2023, in honor of The Day the Music Died, which is commemorated each Feb. 3. All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony is available on Amazon. All proceeds feed hungry children, with each book purchase providing 40 meals.