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Physical relief from the mundanes of life

Students I teach perform in a music recital every six months or year. You’ll need some context.

The youngest is six years old, and the oldest is 10 years old.

Some of them have only been learning for that period, so the pieces that they recite are not Mozart operas.

They’ll literally play 5 notes (perhaps a few times over) and take the whole piece takes about 10 seconds of your time.

As one of the IT guys recounted of an aspiring little violinist: (Imagine him gesturing) “Squeak, Sqwark, Squeal.” He then claps heartily – imitating the audience – as he proclaims “Yaaaay!”

What was even funnier was the reflection of the principals on subsequent days. “I had emails to attend to and marking to do, but sitting there I could physically feel the relief and relaxation,” said one of them. “Music is such an important part of our makeup.”

I couldn’t help but draw the correlation to the “Squeak, Sqwark, Squeal” comment. Yes, music is powerful. And yes, we all need a good laugh.

Some of us need music to help tone down anxiety. Even children, as I’ve written about before.

This month, I’ve begun my annual #Rocktober health kick, using music and tunes to elevate my heart rate and increase blood flow. If chilling out is possible with music, then the opposite is also true: music can help you achieve things physically that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. (Hence athletes don’t compete in events listening to music.)

As we count down towards the end of this year, I am putting together a number of shows. Theatrical shows that try to achieve the things mentioned above. Music to transport emotions out of the drudgery so many say they experience every day. Humour to shock and surprise hearts into life.

Music is the excuse to connect with people on multiple fronts, and as such, every outing is a learning curve.

Look forward to seeing you on the road.

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