Neuroscience, Music, Healing and Pandora Radio

Music inspires us, consoles us, it can haunt us or lift our spirits and who doesn’t remember  it teaching us as we sang that little jingle (royalties to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) while learning our abc’s? Truly so much to be said for music and it’s effect within the brain, on us and in our healing.  Now more research is showing that it can help to heal us as well.

Article March 2010: How music helps to heal the brain: Michael H. Thaut & Gerald C. McIntosh, M.D.

Musicophilia: A book by Oliver Sacks, noted neurologist and author, describes the profound ways in which music and our brains bond and investigates its power to heal and move us.

Current favorite music tool:

PANDORA INTERNET RADIO:  As a huge fan of listening to music and of playing (piano, guitar, violin), I was excited when I was introduced to internet “radio” called Pandora.   Pandora is an online method of listening to  music, specifically, your favorite artists with many options to customize each station you create and with options that fit your budget too. Listen for free for up to 40 hours a month with approximately one (Broadway Play type) commercial every hour  or so with the option to upgrade to a purchased package for commercial free listening.  It’s simple, once you sign up, type in your favorite artist to begin listening. That artist and others that sound like it based on gathered music analytics.  Want to hear more of the same and not hear what you aren’t interested in?  It can do that too.  Click the thumbs down or thumbs up options to continue building your custom radio.  Give thumbs down and it  will stop playing the disliked song and will begin adding more of what you like right away.  There’s the option to buy the music you hear too.  Also noteworthy is the “quick mix” option to hear all your stations play  in a shuffle style mode for a bigger buffet of music for your ears and listening experience.  Enjoy  ~Nina

My current stations:  Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Queen, Amos Lee, Sheryl Crow, Yo Yo Ma, Chris Cornell, James Taylor, Ben Taylor, Brian Eno, Jay Nash, Michael Buble, DJ Shadow, Thievery Corp, Cut Chemist, Nina Simone.

Here’s a link to Pandora Radio and where you’ll find simple details on how stuff works.


Excerpt from Pandora Radio’s “About Us”: With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart’s content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and completely obscure – to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.  You can create up to 100 unique “stations.” And you can even refine them. If it’s not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you.

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