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What role does music play in our lives?

How does music affect our mood? How we think? How we work? What impact does music have on us as a race?

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  • Apr 24 2013: Music has the ability to unlock parts of our mind that went missing in action long ago. In a single drum loop, or a beautifully crafted guitar riff, memories, smells, sounds down to the detail come flooding back not unlike Proust's Madeleine. “Music has power—especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease.” (http://www.alzfdn.org/EducationandCare/musictherapy.html)
    The connection that most of us have with music is one that evokes a feeling be it positive or negative. These sounds are deeply ingrained in us from an early age; it’s soothing, comforting and familiar. Do you ever wonder why you have so much trouble remembering test material, but that song you heard a few times 15 years ago comes back like a landslide the second you hear the guitar or saxophone, every word, without missing a beat. Music is a part of who we are, its something we can leave behind and take pride in knowing it will be around for centuries to come. Finding a perfect soundtrack for a moment can leave you breathless, it can change your mood instantly, it connects people in a way no religion never has. Music is life.

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