The Health Benefits Of Listening To Music

Music is everywhere, all the time. Go to the supermarket, the mall, even outside on the streets, and you will hear some form of music, be it ambient music, background music, or popular songs. Look around you and you will see people tuned into their iPods or smartphones. There’s even a backpack that has speakers attached to it out in the market.

There are many known benefits of listening to music. It can lift your spirits up when feeling down and it can help you tune out noise when you want to concentrate. So let us delve deeper into the science behind its benefits.

Music Can Make You Happier

When you listen to music, the brain releases dopamine into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate emotions. In a study performed by Valorie Salimpoor, a radioactive substance was injected into eight music enthusiasts after listening to their favorite music. This substance binds to dopamine receptors, which then allows dopamine to be viewable in a PET scan. Results showed increased amounts of dopamine, which caused the participants to feel happiness and excitement.

Music Relieves Stress and Strengthens the Immune System

Stress is the root cause of 60% of diseases. When the body encounters stressors, the fight or flight response is activated. The nervous system signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Cortisol increases glucose levels in the bloodstream to enable the body to boost its energy and fight the stress that it is experiencing. When the body’s stress response is frequently activated, the immune system becomes weak and this may put your health at risk.

A study shows that listening to your favorite music decreases cortisol levels in your body. In addition, active participation in making music, such as singing and playing musical instruments, boosts the body’s immune system more than passive listening.

Music Speeds Recovery in Stroke Patients

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. A study at the University of Helsinki revealed that stroke patients who listened to their favorite songs two hours a day had faster recovery of cognitive function than patients who did not listen to any form of music or patients who listened to audio books. This suggests that the lyrics and melody boosts the patients’ auditory and verbal memories.

Music Increases Quality of Sleep

A study showed that listening to classical music for 45 minutes can help induce sleep in students. The subjects slept better than the students who did not deviate from their normal bedtime routine and those who listened to audiobooks.

Music Can Help You Eat Less and Enjoy Your Food More

There is a connection between eating and music. A Georgia Tech University research showed that softer lighting and music helps people consume less calories and enjoy their food better. Another study from Cornell University uncovered the same results. People in the fine dining area (where lighting was dimmer and the music was softer) stayed longer, ordered more food, but ate less as opposed to those in the fast food environment. Despite eating less food, people in the fine dining area reported to have enjoyed the food more.

Generally, music helps maintain the overall health and well-being of a person. If you are a music lover, then you are on the right track to keeping your body healthy. So, grab your music players (you might even want to get a speaker backpack) and tune in to your favorite music.

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Tribute to Prince, his life, music and death #RIPPrince

His Life

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known by his stage name Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music combined rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.

Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin’s band 94 East, 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album For You in 1978, under the guidance of manager Owen Husney. His 1979 album Prince went platinum due to the success of the singles “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. His next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing Prince’s trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms.

After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the critically acclaimed double album Sign “O” the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. He changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol (Prince logo.svg), also known as the “Love Symbol”. He then began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros.; he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as “Prince” again. He released 15 albums since then, including his latest, HITnRUN Phase One, which was first released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on September 7, 2015 before being released on CD on September 15, 2015 by NPG Records.

Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

His Death

He died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, near Minneapolis, on April 21, 2016, after suffering flu-like symptoms the week before his death.

In the details

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21st, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a statement. “When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am.

“The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.”

A week ago, the singer was hospitalized after his private plane made an emergency landing after a show in Moline, Illinois. Varying reports said he was suffering dehydration and was getting over the flu. He was released after three hours and flew to Minneapolis, where he was recovering at home. He’d canceled some dates of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour in early April because of the flu, TMZ previously reported.


His Music

Album Release Date
For You  1978 
Prince  1979 
Dirty Mind  1980 
Controversy  1981 
1999  1983 
Purple Rain  1984 
Around the World in a Day  1985 
Parade (Music from the Motion Picture “Under The Cherry Moon”)  1986 
Sign ‘O’ the Times  1987 
The Black Album  1987 
Lovesexy  1988 
Batman  1989 
Graffiti Bridge  1990 
Diamonds and Pearls  1991 
The Love/Prince Symbol Album  1992 
The Hits/The B-Sides box  1993 
Come  1994 
The Beautiful Experience  1994 
Gold Experience  1995 
Chaos & Disorder  1996 
Emancipation  1996 
Girl 6  1996 
Newpower Soul  1998 
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic  1999 
Crystal Ball  1999 
The Truth   1997
The Vault…Old Friends 4 Sale  1999 
The Rainbow Children  2001 
The Very Best of Prince  2001 
One Nite Alone…Live!  2002 
N.E.W.S  2003 
Musicology 2004
3121  2006 
Planet Earth  2007 
Lotusflow3r 2009

A great Musician is dead, #RIPPrince.
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source: wikipedia, rollingstone