Gift of Music

Music is healing

Goodbye to Mozart Effect Man.

The worlds of music and healing said goodbye in early June, 2012,  to Don Campbell, author of “The Mozart Effect” and leader in the field of transformative music and therapeutic sound.  Don popularised the idea of the Mozart effect to explain the new ways of using music for health, education and general wellbeing.  This was his life’s work.  According to Don, music has the power  “to reduce stress, depression, or anxiety; induce relaxation or sleep; activate the body; and improve memory or awareness. Innovative and experimental uses of music and sound can improve listening disorders, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, and other mental and physical disorders and diseases”. Later work focused on the link between music and creativity.  Don was also involved in developing music systems for hospitals and other healing centres. His inspiration has stretched out around the world with his books having been translated into 24 languages..

In a fitting tribute to the man, Michael Butterman, music director of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra said “Don spent much of his life bestowing gifts — the gift of friendship, the gift of laughter and, more than anything, the gift of opening our hearts and minds to the transformative power of music. I am grateful that his generous and life-affirming spirit will continue to animate our experience of the divine through the arts.”

Don’s CDs have been in some amazing places.  They have accompanied patients to chemotherapy treatments and kept company all night with hospital patients plagued by insomnia and anxiety.  They have lulled restless children to sleep. They have often provided focus and mental space to accomplish tasks in this office, both the creative and the hard slog.  Thanks Don, for expanding our appreciation of music.

Don’t know of Don’s work? Check out some of our favourites including:

The Mozart Effect

Healing at the Speed of Sound

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