Music and Healing
the Soft Power of the Sonic Essence
A lot of people and cultures hold firmly to the belief that music has the power to heal sicknesses. These people and cultures generally do not bother with the burden of proof. Somehow, they ‘know’ they are right. This conviction is a very old one. This paper is an attempt to look at the source of music’s power to heal, the dimensions of healing, the type of music that heals, instances of healing and why this discussion is still attracting a lot of interests today. The conclusion is not farfetched. Music has power. The artful manipulation of the power of music through learning, revelation, association, tradition, cultic rituals, worship, and science can lead to an inexhaustible and manifold experiences including healing.