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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Second close-up of pictureSoon, the air will be filled with Christmas and other holiday music! As someone who loves to sing and enjoy music, these coming weeks will be especially melodious. But even with the joy of music, I know that sometimes an uplifting tune might not exactly fit in with the experience of chronic illness and pain, which know no seasons or holidays.

During the “regular” part of the year, I have all sorts of favorite songs and musical artists. From classical to ethnic to country to all-Christian of all-different styles, I like to listen to certain songs at certain times. Much depends on how I am physically feeling, and of course emotionally feeling. During Christmas time, I have certain favorites, too – and sometimes, during the hot days of summer or the long, dreary days after December, I play them and let their melodies lift my spirits or bring out a certain melancholy that needs to be coaxed and comforted.

As we turn to the radio, Internet, or our own private musical collections, we can make use of the power of song at any time of year, but especially in the coming months.

Yes, music can help, heal, and hearten. All it takes is the right kind of song!

Peace,

Maureen

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