A Lyrical Influence

By Jillian Bond, Staff

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Music is food for the soul. As most may have heard this as an expression, studies are here to prove that there is a real relationship between music and the positive way it impacts our mind and body.  

Music also has the potential to help with medical situations in the future. It is possible that music could help with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological deficits.  

Elena Mannes, the author of The Power of Music, explored how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care.  

Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. That’s why I see so much potential in music’s power to change the brain and affect the way it works,” an excerpt from Mannes book, The Power of Music. 

Not only can music help with physical conditions, but a musical artist and their work can emotionally impact someone in various ways.  

Alaine Provan, junior, has been a Taylor Swift fan since her country music days. 

“Her music helps me put situations into different perspectives and it also gives me something to relate to,” Provan said. 

Provan also compliments Swift’s wordplay in her songs and the way she preaches for people to express their true selves.  

“As a person, Taylor Swift has always advocated to not care what people think about you if they don’t truly care for you,” Provan said. 

Olivia Taylor, junior, relates to Provan’s feelings about music, but instead for singer Billie Eilish.  

“I am a pretty worrisome person when it comes to things like school, so when I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, listening to [Eilish’s] music allows me to calm down for a second and relax,” Taylor said. 

Taylor especially enjoys Eilish’s music because of how different her songs are from most mainstream artist.  

Many of the songs have a chill feeling but the lyrics within them are super deep and meaningful,” Taylor said. 

Music is also used in the psychiatric world to help patients with different mental illnesses.  

“Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions including depression, trauma, and schizophrenia. Music acts as a medium for processing emotions, trauma, and grief but music can also be used as a regulating or calming agent for anxiety or dysregulation, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Music is a therapeutic way to help people through different health situations such as mental illnesses or even physical conditions. It is also a way for people to relate to someone and their music and feel connected to the lyrics and emotions of songs. 

“Music lets you discover your humanity and your connection to humanity,” Hans Zimmer, music producer, said in an interview with Though Economics. 

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