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The Power of Music

Music is a universal language. It moves you, soothes you and connects you to others in a way

few things can.

We’re lucky to live in a region where access to a variety of music is commonplace. From big-

name concerts to smaller venues, people from all parts of our community gather often to enjoy

performances that become a common language of understanding and acceptance.

This region that boasts several colleges and universities also provides forums for young artists

to perform and hone their talents, resulting in many free or low-cost performances for the

benefit of all music aficionados.

For centuries, music has also been used as a form of healing. Today, veterans and others

suffering from post-traumatic stress or terminal illnesses are able to disconnect and ease their

pain through music. Children and young adults with developmental delays and disabilities are

also benefitting from music therapy and programs that foster their self-expression and a

connection to others that exceeds the spoken word.

Love music but haven’t really thought of how it benefits you or the others around you, young

and old?

Music encourages movement, and it captivates and maintains attention. It helps release

emotions and it levels the playing field for people of all abilities. Music taps into all regions of

the brain, facilitating learning and a deeper connection to others around you.

Columbia and the Midlands region is fortunate to have a bustling music scene. And we’re

nestled geographically between larger metropolitan areas that offer even more variety.

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Fun Fact

In 2009, archeologists unearthed a flute carved from bone and ivory that was more than 35,000

years old. This find leaves little doubt of the importance of artistic expression to human

existence. Music apparently flourished even in prehistoric days when mere survival was a full-

time endeavor. The instruments were found in a cave, amid bones from bears and mammoths

and flakes of flint from a Stone Age tool shop. (Source: “Archaeologists unearth oldest musical

instruments ever found,” June 24, 2009, Boston Globe)

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