Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My New Martin 000-16GT

I am so excited. For my graduation, my dad finally gave me his mid-life crisis purchase of 5 years ago that I knew he would never use. Guitar lessons are in my future! Anyone know a good guitar teacher in NYC?

NYTimes Article on Cool Research on the Healing Power of Music

From today's NYTimes science section article "Claudius Conrad: A Musician Who Works With a Scalpel":

Like many surgeons, Dr. Conrad says he works better when he listens to music. And he cites studies, including some of his own, showing that music is helpful to patients as well — bringing relaxation and reducing blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormones, pain and the need for pain medication.

But to the extent that music heals, how does it heal?...