Music has been used as a healing force for centuries. Music therapy goes back to biblical times, when David played the harp to rid King Saul of a bad spirit. As early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates, Greek father of medicine, played music for his mental patients. Aristotle described music as a force that purified the emotions. In the thirteenth century, Arab hospitals contained music-rooms for the benefit of the patients. In the United States, Native American medicine men often employed chants and dances as a method of healing patients. Music therapy as we know it began in the aftermath of World Wars I and II. Musicians would travel to hospitals, particularly in the United Kingdom, and play music for soldiers suffering from war-related emotional and physical trauma.

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I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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  • silvereagle

    Music — good for the listner and for the performer as well. I play the piano for personal enjoyment, (although I do not look as attractive as the performer in the photo above. He come and play my baby grand anytime he wants!Music is a wonderful release from the frustrations of the day. I have a friend who has played the violin at the local hospice and hospital. Her music does have a direct effect – those in the hospital who have responded to no other theraphy smile and hum/sing along with her on familiar songs. Those in hospice respond with calmness as do their families.An insightful post here today, Joeblow! Thanks!!!

  • Jay M.

    I love music of all types, and no matter my mood, listening to something always makes me feel even better. And can I please play HIS keys? I want to play something in A Major on his horn!Peace <3Jay

  • brotherdoc

    Me, I play the skin flute… lol

  • Coop

    I have a sudden urge to buy a piano so he can tune me… er… the piano.

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