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Sheet music on piano

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star was my 1st favorite song, Saving All My Love for You by Whitney Houston was playing when I danced with a boy for the 1st time and, the gospel song Total Praise by Richard Smallwood was the 1st song that moved me to tears.

Since those early years, I’ve had many other 1st experiences. Each memorable moment has somehow been associated with music. As you can see, music has always been a part of my life and my relationship with this art has developed fondly over time.

I believe that music has the power to transcend any situation. It has the ability to heal, evoke feelings, tell a story, and set an atmosphere.

The quote by Abdu’l Baha, which states “The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit”. I definitely identify with the saying that “music is food for the soul. As food is used for nourishment, I use music to nourish both my soul and spirit. Because music is divine and effective, I’ve found it to be therapeutic for me especially during times my soul is burdened and my spirit low.

Music therapy helped me cope with my mother’s illness of Alzheimer’s. Over time, the illness took its toll on her, and needless to say, the situation was emotionally challenging for me. As a result, one day after visiting with her I was very sad, however, as I was driving away this song entered my soul “Thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord, I just want to thank you, Lord.” The words of the song turned my sadness and loss into thankfulness. You see, I was thankful that although my mother had Alzheimer’s that she was still alive and here with us, I was thankful that my children had the extraordinary opportunity to experience my mother at her best. I was thankful that although my mama could not remember all of the wonderful times we shared, I could. Most of all, I was thankful that the Creator, gave me Rubye Lee Carswell as a mother. That music therapy session fed my soul and helped me to put things in perspective.

I’ll say it again, I believe in the power of music. Music has inspired, encouraged, and motivated me. It has helped me experience “Sweet Love” with Anita Bake, put me “Back In Stride Again” with Frankie Beverly and Maze, and know that “I Got Sunshine” with Avery Sunshine. Music has affirmed who I am through songs like “Brown Skin and I am Not My Hair” by India Arie. Its effects on my spirit are magical. Songs such as “Just Fine” by Mary J Blige and “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze ignite my groove spirit. Whenever I am feeling down, music therapy feeds my spirit and gives me the energy needed to be my best self. To share with my husband that he is the “Best Part” to encourage my children to be “The Man in the Mirror” and to be” Happy”. I love music!!

Its effect encourages love, kindness, compassion, and acceptance. Be it instrumental or vocal, it permits boldness, courage, and confidence. I believe in the universal power of music and I encourage each of you to take advantage of this wonderful blessing and engage in music therapy often.

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