Is the Memory going…going…there may be some HELP!
When I was in boarding school at age 10, the one thing I loved more than anything was playing the piano. When the House Mother was looking for me, the students would say, “She’s probably practicing piano.” When I had to leave that school, my mother, a single parent, tried to get a piano up the apartment steps…but no luck. That was the end of my piano world…or so I thought. More than 50 years later, I still dream about what “could have been” when I hear a great pianist.
In comes my husband on one Valentine’s Day and said he was buying me a piano as a Valentine’s gift. Yes, I’m getting a little “syrupy” here, but it was the opening once again to a long-lost love..piano and music. I knew middle C and some basics…so I ordered easy classical to begin. Moonlight Sonata has become my favorite and the one I play when wanting to do a good finger workout. Amazingly, my brain began to remember the lessons…my hands began to come together etc. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am far from doing a concert or becoming another Rachmaninoff….simply a little playing for my pleasure.
As we move on in life, it is the beauty of what we love that matters. Having always been creative, I have found that being an author and illustrator of my children’s books…( Books by N.W Boyer ) …running out into the backyard to photograph the local birds or sewing something that I have created is just the thing to make my mind think about the good things.
This leads me to why I am writing this blog. A friend sent me the video that explains a great deal about the research done on the brain and how it relates to playing an instrument. If your memory seems to fail at times or you just don’t feel at the peak of your game…try playing an instrument…any instrument. I don’t know how any of this would affect someone with a disease of the mind, like Alzheimer’s, for there was no research mentioned along this line. Nevertheless, the facts that were studied may bring some help in an area that you may not have considered. It is worth a try.
One would wonder how this little boy’s brain would look if evaluated while he is playing:
Also for your enjoyment:
This entry was posted on February 1, 2015 by Boyer Writes. It was filed under Important to know, Inspirational, Musical Talent, Over-coming Life's Problems, The Human Body and was tagged with Beethoven, brain research and music, Moonlight Sonata, music and the brain, playing an instrument.