Importance of Music Therapy
It was back in 2007 that I got interested in playing a guitar. I was 17 and the youngest in my family. My mum was suffering from breast cancer then and I had accompanied her to the hospital for her routine chemotherapy. This wasn’t the first time that I had done so and as usual I could see the fear in her eyes. She really hated chemo but there was no better choice. I was always there to comfort her whenever she went for the chemo sessions.
That day however, as she lay in the bed waiting for her turn for the radiation, there was music band which was playing some encouraging cover songs for the cancer patients. The band consisted of a single guitarist who also did the vocals, a bassist and a guitarist. The played some sweet ballads and I could see that my mum loved the songs to the point that she started becoming a bit less nervous.
This made me realize the power of music therapy. When it was my mom’s turn to undergo the therapy, she went in the radiation room and I decided to go chat with the band members who had taken a break. I came to learn that they had come together to form the band so as to give support to cancer patients. Apparently, two of the member had each lost a close person to breast cancer while the third one was a friend. Immediately, I became interested in joining them. I wanted to be part of the group.
Learning Music Skills to Uplift the Lives of Others
Unfortunately, I had bad vocals and couldn’t play a single instrument. But there was something that I saw in mom while they were playing which made me have a strong urge to music. There’s was a ray of hope that shone in her face which I wanted to see it remain there. After explain my position, one of the band members suggested that I join a music school in town and attend a few guitar lessons.
I exactly did that. It was the best thing that I could do for my ailing mother. I did not only take the guitar lessons but took the vocal lessons too, although till today I can’t sing as smoothly as many musicians.
I wouldn’t say that the lessons were easy for me. As a matter of facts, in my life I’ve always shunned things that I find difficult or challenging and instead sticking to what I can do best. But even though the guitar lessons were challenging, I made sure that I grasped everything that I was taught and practiced had. I had to do this if it was the best way of giving hope to my mother.
I bought my first guitar, a month after I started attending the guitar lessons. I would practice very much in the evening as I played some cover songs to my mother. She was definitely delighted in my new experience and whenever she remembered that I was doing this for her, she would applaud me for my bold move.
How Music Yielded to a Purposeful Life
I continued accompanying her for the therapy sessions and I always went there with my guitar. I would play some songs to the patients there and I felt that I was able to comfort them through music. After about 4 months, I met the band again at the hospital as they came to visit and play their songs to the cancer patients. They were so glad that at last I could comfortably play the guitar. I joined them as we played several songs.
Later, I volunteered to be part of the group and we would together visit various hospital from time to time perform for the patients. We also would be invited in various functions to perform. I stuck with them for the next two years before I moved out of town and went back to college, before getting employment in another city. I forgot to tell you that my mum survived breast cancer and I always feel that I was part of the recovery from her condition.
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