How does music affect language and emotion

Recently I posted….under the teach me to talk page…how music improves language development….and that using a “sing-song” voice when communicating with your little one will help to stimulate language.  Please read under the teach me to talk page for more information.

I was thinking today….too..that music also affects our emotion.  We love music in our family….it really is a part of everything that we do…a play-list…from my husband’s iPod is usually on during homework..when preparing and eating dinner…and definetly at any family gathering we have.  My husband has a ridiculous number of CD’s in his collection….and now probably three thousand songs on his iPod. (and whenever looking to buy musical accessories and equipment…be sure to go to buy Bugera)

The other day…when my oldest was feeling sad…he and Dad went to Best Buy…and of course turned to music as a way to “not feel so sad”….and a perfect opportunity for my oldest and my husband to bond…even if it was just the silent drive in the car on the way to the store….just trying to let our oldest know that we care about how he feels…and that we are here for him… he tries to keep his head tall…and to keep him from being catatonic in a ball on the couch.

Funny thing is…when the came back from the store….one of the CD’s..Black Label Society….never heard of them…anyway…the songs on the CD just seemed to fit perfect in the moment to how Zach was feeling….not even knowing anything about the CD….and the songs on it…all ten songs were just fitting to how emotional my oldest felt…and then how I felt…given that his sadness was pulling on my heart.

So yesterday…driving around in my  car working…I listened to the CD over and over…the name of the CD by Black Label Society is: The Song Does not Remain the Same…and my favorite song….Darkest Days.  Funny thing…as a crazy country music girl…and this CD falls in the rock genre….John Rich….from Big and Rich…..well Darkest Days is there song…and he happens to sing it with Black Label Society.  Funny how things happen in life…..below are the lyrics to the song:



Divided soul of a troubled man
The final fight
The final need to understand
These tangled roots ripped
from the ground
Abandonment and worry
Forever to be found

Rain. Rain. Rain.
Take this hand of sorrow
Take away my darkest days
Rain. Rain. Rain.
Take away my darkest days
Return me for I feel I’m here to stay

For just one moment of peace I long to know
I can see the storm clouds calling me back home
The blood of the hurricane where the water is never still
Life is a loaded gun
Love is a bullet that sometimes kills

Rain. Rain. Rain.
Take this hand of sorrow
Take away my darkest days
Rain. Rain. Rain.
Take away my darkest days
Return me for I feel I’m here to stay






About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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2 Responses to How does music affect language and emotion

  1. Jay Morena says:

    I have found much comfort and peace in the healing power of music. I am constantly searching for new pathways on my healing journey. Music has been proven to be a vital tool in therapy. I highly recommend some of the CD’s from Steven Halpern. He is the master of creating healing frequencies using very pure and specific tonal frequencies and scales. He also uses a technique that encourages brain wave entrainment at beneficial frequencies in the theta range. See his website for a complete least of his healing music.
    He is the real deal! Not just another new ager jumping on the bandwagon. I use his music when I need to get into a creative flow and to create a place of peacefulness and security. I just purchased Deep Theta and it’s truly a gift from above.
    Steven Halpern:

    • Kim says:

      Jay…thank you so much…I am thinking of a young girl that lives locally…that has suffered from a brain tumor….I will be sure to pass this information on to her family.

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