“Amazing New Health Discovery” about Music — Solomon King’s Message, with a Nod to Shakespeare, is to Let it Play On, and On, and On!
My super cool musician pal and former Grammy entrant nominee, Solomon King, recently sent out an eye-opening message about his upcoming gigs in support of his new record, Against The Current. Lots of musicians send out EM blasts, but what was different was that Solomon needed to express what music means to him, and what a sad puppy he is without it. Here’s what Solomon, who had his own encounter with Stormy Daniels in a professional scenario to do with the music business, has to say about music’s impact:
“Dearest Friends, I am about to submit this information to my doctor and follow up with a complete report to the World Health Organization. But before I do so, I want to share this incredible bit of awesome sauce science with you. If I am not playing music I get sick. If I am not hearing music I get sad. If I am not surrounded by music I get lonely. If I get distracted from music, because of bills or problems with my family or lover, I feel discombobulated. You know, I feel yuck, right?! So, my advice is don’t get sick, sad and lonely! And, live music is the best defense against these terrible maladies. Please attend a live music performance as soon as possible. I offer some upcoming Solomon King & The Chosen performances for your good health and consideration. Please come. I promise we will all feel better for the effort. Best, Solomon King…”
His message made me think of Shakespeare’s famous nod to the power of music.
“If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour…”
— From Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Truth is, from way back, way before Shakespeare’s time, to our omnipresent digital world, music is a constant in our lives. From our digital alarms arousing us with a musical clarion, to listening on our car stereos or on our smartphones at the gym, music connects us to each other and to a world of sounds — it’s soul food that we need to consume. That infamous Shakespeare quote concerns Orsino asking for more “soul food” with the hope that an excess of music might cure him of his obsessive love of Olivia.
Today, medical practitioners are attributing all sorts of positive influences of music to our general health. As one report suggests: “Music is intrinsic to all cultures and has surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development.” Among other things, the report adds that music’s benefits, include: reducing blood pressure and medicine for the heart; music can be a remedy for chronic headaches, and help improve post-partum well-being; music can enhance intelligence, learning and IQ; music helps improve athletic performance — by listening to music, it makes it easier to start moving, walking, dancing, or any other type of exercise; music can also reduce fatigue and improve productivity, while relaxing music can induce sleep.
There are also theories like Mozart’s anti-seizure effect, which in a 2014 study revealed that “listening to Mozart K 448 (Sonata for Two Pianos in D major) helps children suffering from epilepsy.” Additionally, yet another study suggests “listening to classical music, particularly Mozart, enhances performance on cognitive tests. However, there are findings that show that listening to any personally enjoyable music has positive effects on cognition.”
So, Solomon has a truly valid point, music is good for us, as important perhaps as going to the gym or doing yoga, or even eating healthy food. His upcoming gigs include: Maui Sugar Mill, Tarzana, CA on Monday April 16; Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill, Bisbee, AZ on Friday and Saturday, April 20–21; Sonoran Spring Tribal Stomp Festival, Bisbee, AZ on April 21–22; Malainey’s Grill, Long Beach, CA on Sunday May 13. Solomon adds, “Love has its own vibration. As does the Universe with its own vibrations, and we interpret those vibrations as music. They penetrate our core and resonate with our being. So, yes, play on!”
And, if you’re interested in getting a taste of Solomon’s soulful “food” and music, like a free download of his epic “57 Octaves” tune from Against The Current, then go to his Solomon King Music site and enter the code — j29u-ludk.
You’ll be doing yourself a “yuge” favor, by taking your medicine and listening to some tasty sounds. You’ll also be helping Solomon to get a clean bill of health next time he goes to visit his doctor.
Drop in to check out Solomon King’s tasty musical medicine.