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Music is Medicine

April 9, 2015

Dots on a rock, in empty space.

Listening to great music.

It’s worth being meaningless, to feel the way music lets us feel.

Masters of the Universe, while still being irrelevant.

It seems, only music makes this paradox possible.

When it vibrates us at a new frequency, it bends the way we look at ourselves, and the world.

As its waves wash over us, the pale pastels of our past selves, take on vivid life and meaning.

A fundamental element.

Beat of stone.

Air through chords.

Stoking the flame.

Purging our tears.

Talking to you.

Music and emotion may be the same language in different electrochemical dialects.

Words are placed like books on its shelf.

Listen to the energy, tolerate the reaction, and it will change you.

And change is the only way we know we are growing.

Up, closer, older, wiser, healthier, kinder, and music is our companion throughout the constellations of identity.

I can’t imagine the universe in it’s absence.

The stars may cease to shine through that night.

And, just maybe, all sound creates emotion, but only the clusters of notes that we call music, screams the chorus of love.

So, there you go, push play, and enjoy vibrating.

Simon Trepel, MD

Simon Trepel, MD FRCPC, is a practicing Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, in Winnipeg, Canada.  He is an Assistant Professor, at the University Of Manitoba, in the Faculty of Medicine, and the Co-founder of the GDAAY Clinic.  He is, more importantly, the proud Father of 2 beautiful Daughters.  He writes in his spare time about things he knows something about, and occasionally about things he doesn’t; like Yoga, and Italian flavored coffees.  He was not referring to coffee that tastes like an Italian person.

Check out his Blog, called Simon Says Psych Stuff, at



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