27. December 2008 · Comments Off on Classical Cure? · Categories: Links, Ramble

Recent studys show that prescribing music can improve heart health and lower cholesterol levels. The research found that if a person listens to 30 minutes a day of their favorite music, not only can it help him/ her relaxing mentally but it can also benefit him physically by expanding and clearing blood vessels.

This musical/ medical benefit is believed to work by triggering the release into the bloodstream of nitric oxide, which helps to prevent the build-up of blood clots and harmful cholesterol.

“The music effect lasts in the bloodstream for only a few seconds but the accumulative benefit of favorite tunes lasts and can be very positive in people of all ages,” said Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at Maryland University, who carried out the research. He added: “We were looking for cheaper, nonpharmacological aids to help us improve our patients’ heart health and we think this is the prescription.”

Other benefits included increased endurance on a treadmill by up to 15%, while most participants did not realise they were working harder.

So how ’bout that? Huh? Huh?

And yeah, here I am, blogging. After saying it was gonna be light. But you know how it goes. (And Nutcracker went MUCH easier tonight. so I know you all would want to know that. Whew!)

Miller also advised parents to avoid listening to their teenage children’s music if it upset them because it could be the aural equivalent of passive smoking.

Whoa. Well what an excuse not to listen to my teenage children’s music. (Sorry, Jameson, can’t listen … I feel my cholesterol rising!)

Go to this link for the article.


classical music lowers cholesterol
Classical music reduces stress in pregnancy
Classical music helps pigs de-stress
Cows prefer classical
plants like classical music

How exciting is all this?

Yep. I thought so too.

I just found out that in September of 2005 I was “blog of the week” for Times Online.


Patricia Mitchell, the principal oboe player for the Opera San José, loves and champions her instrument, possibly because no one else will. When Newsweek reveals in its September 12 issue the “little-known fact about a symphony orchestra: the oboe must first sound a particular note for the other instruments to tune accordingly”, she writes that “at least Newsweek readers will now know we tune orchestras”. But it is the constant travails of being a double-reed player that keep drawing you back: “I play a concert. I hate what I did. Nothing felt right . . . but guess what? Much of the time the audience hasn’t a clue.”

Hmmm. I’m no young’un, and I know my memory isn’t perfect, but I don’t recall seeing this before. Now I guess I’ll have to check the archives and see if I blogged about it. If so, that’s even worse. It’s one thing to forget something. It’s another to blog about it and forget it. If you know what I mean.

Speaking of this blog…
It’s bloglite for now. Maybe it’s just the season. Maybe I should blame Nutcracker (which I mistakenly … not even meaning to make a joke … called “Nutcrapper” earlier today which tells you how fried my brain is). (Oh … and last night’s performance was the hardest Nutcracker ot play ever. In fact, I nearly fell backwards down the stairs as I was going into the pit. Tha’ts tired!) Maybe it’s seeing that not many are reading this blog any more according to the stat counter thing. Maybe it’s that I have nothing left to say. But I keep wondering if I should continue.

Perhaps I’ll suddenly get back to real blogging once I finish the last ballet tomorrow afternoon. Time will tell. But I’m feeling as if I’ve lost it, if you know what I mean. Heck, I’m feeling like I’ve lost it even if you don’t know what I mean. (“You” being whoever is still managing to get to this little spot in the internet world.)

But of course anyone who knows me knows that, in all likelihood, I’ll be back.