I’m John Cruz, but no one really calls me that, aside from my professors and my mom when she’s really mad at me. To most people I go by the name, Jelo. I was born and raised in Philippines…and yes I am fluent in Tagalog. I am a 23-year-old singer/songwriter from Carteret, New Jersey. I went to Carteret High School…#RamblerNation…and I graduated in 2011. I am a Popular Music Studies Major.


Yours Truly, John Cruz

The Power of Music: Why You Should Listen to Music

 

The Power of Music

Music, as they say, is a universal language. It is something that is easy to understand, even if you cannot comprehend the lyrics. It is one of the best mediums of expression. And more importantly, it has a healing effect. Many may not realize it, but music can indeed be powerful in more ways than one. Given its many benefits, you have good reasons to listen to music anywhere and anytime.

Listen to Music to Prevent Depression

 

According to the World Health Organization, depression affects more than 350 million people all over the world. It is also a cause of disability, and at its worst, this can lead to suicide. While there are many interventions that can effectively deal with depression, listening to music is one of the simplest solutions that show a lot of promise. In fact, music is being used in psychological rehabilitation because of its ability to calm the brain. However, it is worth mentioning that this will depend on the person’s emotional response to the music.

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Listen to Music to Improve Sleep

 

Having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep? Listen to music, specifically classical music and listen to it 45 minutes before going to bed. According to experts, this is going help in the reduction of sleep problems, especially insomnia. Nonetheless, it is necessary to emphasize that not just any music can deliver this benefit. To be effective, make sure that there is slow tempo and that it is relaxing.

Listen to Music to Enhance your Memory

When talking about the power of music, one thing that should not be ignored is its ability to improve your memory. According to research, listening to music will help in improving recall of information, which explains why many students listen to music as they study. It activates a large portion of the brain, making it deliver positive impacts on your memory.

Listen to Music to Relieve Pain

Several studies have also asserted that listening to music can be helpful in being able to relieve chronic pain. From intensive care patients to those who have cancer, researchers have proven that music is indeed powerful in improving healing and reduction of pain.

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John Cruz, Popular Music Studies

WPU ’18

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