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Music and My Heart: What a Pair!

Jun 2

Posted by: ACHA
6/2/2011 12:43 PM  RssIcon

By Kelly Deeny

Music has been an instrumental—pun intended—part of my life since I had open heart surgery back in January of 1979. Not quite two years of age, I lay in a hospital crib waiting for my body to heal. Through what I can only guess were feelings of fear, loneliness and confusion at my situation, I do know one thing—my love affair with music began during that time.

I'm very thankful to have two parents who appreciate the creative arts. For whatever reason, they decided to play records for me when I was recuperating from my surgery. From what I've been told, some of their choices included Disney albums and the soundtrack from “Grease.” Which explains a lot! Believe me, I consider myself a full-blooded Disney-fied girl and I know pretty much every word, spoken or song, of “Grease.”

But beyond the mere action of sound reaching my eardrums, there's a stronger and longer-lasting effect that music has given me over the course of my life so far. I truly can't explain why I connect with the powerfully healing art form known as music. There's just something so calming yet thrilling, peaceful yet exciting, and fulfilling yet motivating about finding a song that speaks to me in some way. Whether it's the lyrics that resonate with a part of the story of my life or the melodic choices that seep through my skin, straight to my heart I've found that a musical form of expression has kept me alive these past 34 years.

Music can be a tremendous healing tool no matter your circumstances. I'm just thankful that my parents chose that particular outlet to bring some harmony to an emotionally difficult time for us all.

A graduate of Temple University's English program, Kelly Deeny recently completed book one in her juvenile fiction series. Using various forms of the creative arts, Kelly seeks to heal the emotional and spiritual scars that remain from her 1979 open heart surgery. While her ventricular septal defect was repaired and no physical limitations remain, she's just recently realized how vital the arts are to her healing process.

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Re: Music and My Heart: What a Pair!

Love this Kelly! It is SO true!! I too had music through my 4 year old open heart surgery (my particular soundtrack was The Wizard of Oz) and with my 17 year old Open heart I pumped myself up with songs like "I will survive" and "hit me with your best shot", hahaha.

As a Pediatric ICU nurse I know how important music can be to the healing process. I always turn music on for my patients, and have read several studies on how music can improve neurological healing for brain injury patients. There is even a popular Jazz Musician named Melody Gardot who testifies to musics healing ability after her brain injury from a car crash. Check her out, she's one of my favorites!

Love this blog, I think a lot of people can relate!!

By Christy Sillman on   6/2/2011 1:32 PM
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Re: Music and My Heart: What a Pair!

Kelly, Music is very healing to the heart and mind. When I had my second cardiac catheterization in 1996, the doctors played a really great CD full of uplifting, powerful songs, while they worked on me. It was very helpful to take my mind off what was happening. Thank you for your post.

By Steph on   6/9/2011 11:43 AM
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Re: Music and My Heart: What a Pair!

I meant in 2006. I am behind a decade. ;)

By Steph on   6/9/2011 11:44 AM

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