Amazing Music: The source of health and academic excellence!


Jean-Marc Nattier French painter

Every night at my dinner table when I grew up, my mom would light candles on the dining room table and put on some kind of music. My father used to play a “horn” as he would call it, and was of the Glen Miller sort of musician. He wiggled and danced and always whistled through life. A businessman in the day, but played at life and always loved having music around.

This is one habit I picked up and found myself providing in my own home: music every night–even if we had cereal or toast and cheese, we just made music and candles and talking an anchor in our day. Without realing it, this music had profound influence on my children’s tastes and appetites on their lives. I then began to see that music helped in so many areas.

Giving my children Michael Card’s lullabys at night (sleep sound in Jesus) when they went to bed, Steve Green’s music to verses for children as they readied for bed; or Avalon or Rich Mullins or Josh Groban when we washed dishes or cleaned house, seemed to smooth the way.

Riding in cars on long trips to conferences found all of us constantly listening to and sharing music of every sort–from classical to celtic to Christian worship music to indy artists. We all got through so much of life with music as our companion. With Clay as a guitarist and both of us singers, we had melodies surrounding our home morning, noon and night.

Scripture tells us to, “make melody in our hearts to God,” and he commanded the Levites to have those who played music every hour of the day. Angels sang at the birth of Jesus, David had an orchestra playing with choir singing when bringing in the arc of the Lord. Music honors God, and somehow is a mysterious part of life and beauty for us in His design and creation. Even the stars sang, Job tells us, at creation–melody must have been in God’s heart from the beginning.

How fun it was to me to read these articles and see just how important music is to our brains and to helping cultivate happiness, well-being and even undergirds intelligence development. Enjoy these articles.

Amazing Power of Music Revealed

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Comments

  1. stephanie says

    Thank you for this post. What is the name of the music that is played on your site? I love it so much! And is your heading picture of England? I was born and raised there, and it resembles what I grew up around.
    Thank you for your postings!

  2. says

    We are a home filled with music even though none of us play a thing except CD’s. ;)
    Our boys are 2 and 4 and love to have something playing in the background of our days. Because we are also talkers (!) I usually play instrumental and classical music as one more voice can tip me over the edge.
    When I was a classroom teacher, I played the same Jim Brickman CD every morning as the children came in and got settled. I was pregnant towards the end of the year and so the little one heard it as well. I know bc the first week he was born that CD came on and he instantly responded to it. It is still one of our favorites these years later.

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