Music is meant to be shared. For millennia, humans have created instruments, developed sounds and shared those sounds with people around them. From cavemen banging on rocks for their friends, to massive music festivals like Woodstock and Coachella. Music is a social art, and if we have the chance to share it we should.
That’s where you come in! You and your old iPods that is (I know you have at least one hidden away you don’t use). Canadian Music Week is underway at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, and there’s a spot where your magical, old music rectangles can really make a difference. Let’s be honest, you listen to music on your smartphone now.
Look for the big pink iPod at NWC booth (#311). It’s a drop box for old iPods so it’s kind of like Inception, but with Apple products. All the iPods that are dropped off will be collected by Music Heals, a not-for-profit organization made up of music enthusiasts who are set on raising awareness about the healing power of music.
Your old iPod will be given to a music therapist, who in turn uses it to try and help their clients. Music has the power to transport us somewhere else. We’ve all experienced that feeling. So, it makes sense that music is used to take a patient’s mind off of their treatment, pain, or environment. It offers a window of escape for someone who may be suffering in a way that we can only imagine.
Music therapy can be used for a wide range of ailments, but it’s purpose is to utilize music in a way to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical or emotional health. Best part is, there are no side effects. No one has ever grown ill from listening to music.
It’s a good way to get rid of your old electronics and potentially make a positive difference in someone’s life. Check out the following links for more info on Music Heals and to see a great video of music therapy in action.