Last night Wild Ponies gave us the perfect combination of original tunes, story telling, quality musicianship and humor. In this morning’s paper Dr. Anthony Komaroff, in his column “Ask Dr. K”, responds to a reader who asks the question “Is there a connection between music and health?” Of course we all can guess the answer is a resounding yes, but Dr. K provides some medical reasons. Music can lower heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of stress hormones. Research suggests that music may promote the brain’s ability to make new connections between nerve cells. Music works its magic through its rhythms as the human brain can distinguish music from noise and responds to rhythm, repetition, tones and tunes. Stroke and Parkinson’s patients who are struggling with balance and coordination that are exposed to music regularly make more improvements than patients without music. Music helps us heal.
House concerts not only provide us with live music, but there’s the added advantage of community. As Telisha Williams reminded us during The Wild Ponies’ show, it’s important for us to have human contact – to escape from technology for a few hours and be with others. And Telisha would know, she’s the Wildest Pony.
Stay healthy – intentionally add music events to your schedule – preferably live music – whether it’s through your child’s school performances, church worship, music festivals, or Chestnut House Concerts.
Next up: Laney Jones – February 21, 2014
Potluck at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm.