I just read an article in the LA Times yesterday about how live music at a VA Hospital in Fresno makes a tremendous difference in the stress levels of the Veterans there. Good music is soothing to the soul. It’s both healing to hear and healing to play, especially with worship songs.
This isn’t surprising. When King David was young he spent hours playing music as a shepherd boy. Later, it was his playing the calmed the spirit of King Saul. Have you experienced that too? That playing music can bring you such peace.
At the VA Hospital in the article, they used money donated to improve the hospital’s aesthetics to hire first a harpist, then later a classical guitar player. They discovered that they didn’t see this same benefit with recorded music. I wonder what that recorded music was and if it may have been different than the live.
It’s nice to see that guitar music was beneficial to these patients. At one of our Worship Parties, a dear friend told me later that God had healed her heart through the worship. Keep playing your guitars and worshiping our Amazing God!
A neuroscientist, Mr. Levitin, said that music can actually adjust and alter your brain chemistry. The whole article is here – Live Music At Fresno’s VA hospital makes a big difference.