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TOUCH ME (THROTTLE REMIX)

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August 2, 2017
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July 31, 2017
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How Music Helps Depression, Crime and Relationships

Music therapy is a very simple and effective way to treat a variety of mental illnesses. The therapeutic effects of music are widely known for both the musician and listener. Music has a way of drawing an emotional response by allowing people to express emotions that might otherwise have remained hidden.

Listening to music can often lead to discussions about deeply personal issues because music causes the body to release endorphins, which counteract pain. Artistic expressions such as song writing can play an important role in restoring broken relationships and the potential for reconciliation.

Researchers suggest it takes 10-25 minutes of intentional music listening to put you into the right headspace. Music can change the way you breathe, so it can help relax the mind.

Classical music in particular has the ability to reduce crime in cities. Some cities around the world have started playing classical music in high traffic areas, to ensure that most people hear it. Studies show it reduces stress, anxiety, and fights depression by making the brain release dopamine. Even if you don’t usually listen to classical music it may be worth giving it a try.

While listening to music can be helpful, producing music, whether it be singing or playing an instrument has its benefits as well.

Although music therapy is not the final answer to the issue of mental health treatment, it can be a more affordable and accessible first step in helping people manage their emotions; gain new insights; change destructive behaviors; and transform lives.

What songs have given you new insight and helped you turn your life around? Join us in our discussion. Your story may just inspire someone.

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July 24, 2017
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How The Hearing Impaired Experience Music

One of the most beautiful things in this world is listening to music. Music is everywhere we go and a big important part of our lives. Most of us cannot go an entire day without hearing some form of music. However, for people who are born or become deaf, it is very different experience altogether.

Music teachers often tell their students “to feel the music”. For those who are deaf, feeling the music is an actual reality. One of the greatest examples of this comes from Beethoven. He was a renowned composer and one of the greatest of all time. However, towards the end of his life, Beethoven actually became deaf. Although he did have the advantage of once being able to hear music early on his life, he still ended up having to use vibrations at the end. It was through those vibrations that he played the piano and was able to continue to compose music.

Deafness does not mean that someone does not hear anything at all – there are varying levels of deafness. Deaf people can feel the vibrations produced by the music being played and consume those vibrations through their body. The lyrics evoke different types of feelings, and the combination of vibrations and lyrics is how deaf people enjoy music. Someone who wears a hearing aid may have some enhanced levels of hearing but for those whom don’t, they turn up the volume so they can feel the vibrations from beats and bass more strongly as they read the lyrics.

Concerts for deaf people are a different experience. Typically the music at concerts is very loud, and that can damage hearing aids and someone’s hearing. In such a situation, deaf people turn off their hearing aids, which may make them hear music even less but then they enjoy the music through amplified vibrations being produced by large speakers around them.

Next time you listen to music, don’t just pay attention to what you hear, but what you feel.

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