STAY TUNED

Sounds Good

Times of the Islands - - Departments - BY ERIK ENT WISTLE

SUP­POSE YOU’RE OF­FERED A NEW MIR­A­CLE DRUG THAT, CON­SUMED DAILY, EN­HANCES YOUR HEALTH AND WELL­NESS BY:

• Re­duc­ing stress and anx­i­ety

• In­creas­ing your stamina and mo­ti­va­tion dur­ing ex­er­cise

• Im­prov­ing im­mune function

• Aid­ing your mem­ory

• De­creas­ing per­cep­tion of pain

• Help­ing you fall asleep

Even bet­ter, there are no neg­a­tive side ef­fects―and ben­e­fits are con­tin­u­ally dis­cov­ered. In­ter­ested? As it turns out this mir­a­cle “drug” al­ready ex­ists, is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, low-cost and doesn’t need a pre­scrip­tion. And chances are you have al­ready en­joyed some of its many ben­e­fits. Of course, I’m talk­ing about mu­sic.

While sci­en­tists have gath­ered an in­creas­ing body of ev­i­dence (most of it re­cent) con­firm­ing and quan­tify- ing ben­e­fits be­stowed by mu­sic, devo­tees al­ready know about many of th­ese in­tu­itively. In­deed, it doesn’t take a ge­nius to point out that lis­ten­ing to a re­lax­ing piece of mu­sic be­fore bed­time can do won­ders for fall­ing asleep and get­ting a good night’s rest. Or on the op­po­site end of the spectrum, a playlist of fa­vorite, up­beat tunes can make a po­ten­tially mo­not­o­nous work­out fly by quickly and even lead to bet­ter re­sults. Us­ing mu­sic to en­hance our well-be­ing re­quires a con­scious ef­fort. The prob­lem is that mu­sic can be so preva­lent in our dayto-day life that it can eas­ily be­come taken for granted. In a sense, we have this ex­tra­or­di­nary, life-en­hanc­ing gift right un­der our noses (or rather, in our ears), but need to be re­minded to take ad­van­tage of its nu­mer­ous po­ten­tial ben­e­fits. Fur­ther com­pli­cat­ing the sound­scape is the fact that mu­sic doesn’t al­ways im­pact our lives pos­i­tively, and it­self can be­come a source of stress and anx­i­ety. (To wit: that neigh­bor­hood party keep­ing you up past 2 a.m. with in­ces­sant, loud mu­sic ... that song

they keep play­ing on the ra­dio that you can’t stand ... the con­cert or movie where the mu­sic was so loud it took days for your ears to re­cover … your kids tun­ing the rest of the world out by con­stantly lis­ten­ing to mu­sic with their head­phones. And so on.)

But the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of mu­sic out­weigh any short­com­ings stem­ming from its om­nipres­ence in our so­ci­ety at large. In­deed, if the most ba­sic tenets of a healthy life­style are to get a good night’s rest and to ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, and if mu­sic has been demon­strated to help us fall asleep and make our work­outs more ef­fec­tive, then logic dic­tates that we should give mu­sic the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist us in those daily reg­i­mens. The key is to per­son­ally find the right pieces of mu­sic at the right times to achieve the re­sults we de­sire. And with mu­sic now be­ing used in med­i­cal are­nas, from achiev­ing faster surgery re­cov­ery, treat­ing Alzheimer’s pa­tients and even fight­ing can­cer, there seem to be no lim­its to mu­sic’s po­ten­tial for help­ing us lead ful­fill­ing, healthy lives. Pi­anist, in­struc­tor and mu­si­col­o­gist Erik En­twistle re­ceived an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in mu­sic from Dart­mouth Col­lege. He earned a post­grad­u­ate de­gree in piano per­for­mance at Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity in St. Louis. He earned his doc­tor­ate in mu­si­col­ogy at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Bar­bara. He teaches on Sani­bel. MU­SIC TO OUR EYES If you would like to own this ex­quis­ite wood sculp­ture, please con­tact TOTI Me­dia of­fices at 239-472-0205/ext. 106. Artist Charles Taube is a pro­fes­sional car­pen­ter start­ing in wood sculp­ture in 1996. The Am­s­ter­dam Whit­ney In­ter­na­tional Fine Art Gallery in 2008 hon­ored him with a three-week show in New York City. He was also one of 12 artists se­lected by the NFL to par­tic­i­pate in the first VIP Su­per Bowl Tail­gate Art Show. His story is even more amaz­ing, hav­ing suf­fered the near loss of one hand in a car mishap. Taube’s work is col­lected around the world.

THE PROB­LEM IS THAT MU­SIC CAN BE SO PREVA­LENT IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE THAT IT CAN EAS­ILY BE­COME TAKEN FOR GRANTED.

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