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This Test is Too Hard!… Or is it?

Life is a Test

By Miriam Hendeles (lyrcis); Jana Stanfield (music); Vocals and recording Arthur Kaufman

Remember when we were in school as kids and a teacher gave a really challenging test? I’m thinking about a particular math teacher in high school who always created questions with a little bit of trickiness in them. You may have another teacher in mind.

But we all have memories of tough teachers, don’t we? How did we handle it?

Careful studying. Practicing. Understanding.

AND SINGING

Singing is Fun!

Singing is Fun!

Singing? Yup. I sang a lot of my material while studying. I created mnemonics to tricky problems and formulas and I would recite them in my mind and make up lyrics to familiar songs.

 

I believe other people do the same thing. I’m not unique in that way. Studies have shown how music can enhance memory.

Life is a lot like that. Sometimes things are easy and we coast along, figuring stuff out with our lovely children and spouses.

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Also  financial situations, relationships and so forth. Other times things get a  little bit tricky and we just want to scream out how unfair it all is.

IT’S NOT FAIR. THIS IS NOT THE COURSE I SIGNED UP FOR!

Singing is one way I have coped through the ups and downs of life.

I’ve been around the block a few times in my life, with stuff that I’ve gone through. Most of that I don’t write about in my blog, because I try to keep this blog upbeat and fun. Hey, it’s about the joys (and oys) of being a grandmother, and how challenging can that be?

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Climbing mountains! That’s fun for us!

But, there have been tests over the years. Way before I became a mother-in-law, grandmother. I’m a middle aged person (sounds really old, but I don’t feel that way!), and  my husband and I have gone through raising a family of sons, marrying off three of them, thank G-d, and the various ups and downs of life.

Last year, our second son came down with a new (to us) virus, which affected his spinal chord and he was diagnosed with an illness called transverse myelitis. Needless to say, he, his lovely wife,  my husband and I and the rest of our family, went through a lot to be there for him. Thank G-d, 9 months later, he’s much better. But he’s not out of the woods yet. He still needs prayers, (Avraham ben Miriam is his Hebrew name for praying).

I broke my ankle almost 7 months ago, and I’m much better, thank G-d, but not out of the woods yet. Soon I will be.

Through all this, and other stuff, we thank G-d for our blessings, we enjoy our lives, and we continue to sing.

Sometimes the words and the structure of the song combined with the melody inspires us to focus on important concepts inherent in the lyrics. If the same words were spoken or heard, we may not get them. But by singing and playing them, we get the message stronger. The music accesses our heart as well as our mind.

Recently, I composed a song called “Life’s a Test” (play above in post) – (lyrics by yours truly) to address this theme of doing our best in life, studying as hard as we can, and trusting that G-d will do the rest.

So the next time, you have a difficult exam, whether it is a school – or life — challenge, try singing! It may be just what you need!

Check out the song above, “Life’s a Test” and let me know how it helps you!

For more information about music therapy, please visit the music therapy website,  http://www.musictherapy.org

  • Lyrics by Miriam Hendeles, MT-BC; Lyrics adapted for instructional and sharing (non-profit) purposes to Jana Stanfield‘s music –

“How Beautiful”  by Jana Stanfield and Jerry Krimbrough; (used with permission for instructional purposes only).

(http://www.janastanfield.com)

-Vocals and Recording by Arthur Kaufmann of Magic Key Productions – Cedar City, Utah (http://www.redrockrecords.com)

Non-photo images above: Credit http://www.publicdomainpics.net

“The reason my co-writers and I write these songs is so that people will hear them, use them, and enjoy them. There are very few radio stations out there that play this kind of music, so please be our DJ’s.” — Jana Stanfield (on her website, 2012).

 


Songs for the Journey of Life

The Great Puzzle

By Lyrics by Miriam Hendeles; Music by Jana Stanfield; Vocals by Arthur Kaufman

Last night I was at an engagement party with my faithful scooter under knee (I’d say “underfoot” but foot is not working yet!), and a few people stopped me and asked, “What? You’re still with that broken ankle? So long?”

Yes, people, it’s been over 6 months. Back in February I broke my ankle and have been through a long journey to get this foot working again. The good news is that my road to recovery is almost over! In a few weeks, I hope to have the cast off and look forward to beginning physical therapy, returning to my real job and getting my life back!

As a music therapist, I use music to help others achieve therapeutic goals. The past months, I became my own music therapist. I composed songs. I wrote lyrics. That’s one way that I coped. Hey, as much as I tried to see the silver lining,  it’s not easy being cooped up in a house reading, writing, and doing hobbies.

Sometimes you just have to sing! And so that’s what I did.

We love music!

  WE LOVE MUSIC!

For those of you who don’t know much about the music therapy profession, there’s lots to read about music therapy and its benefits. I’ve been a music therapist for almost 20 years and I love what I do.

I’ve been inspired for many years by the singer and song-writer Jana Stanfield, who is a fabulous motivational speaker and concert artist. She’s not a music therapist, but she is a huge proponent of the profession, and even encourages music therapists to use her music in their sessions and singing engagements. She wants her music to be out there to help people.

I attended a workshop in lyric writing given by her many years ago and I have been purchasing, listening to and enjoying her various CD’s and music over the past 12 years. I believe her music helps people put common sense ideas for spiritual growth into music. And that’s a great thing for all of us, especially during these difficult and challenging times in the world and in our personal lives.

Here’s one song that she wrote which I absolutely love. As we go through life, we may feel lost at times and can’t find our way. But if we view ourselves as “exploring” rather than being “lost,” than we can see it as a positive action toward finding something special at the end of the road. Here’s the link to Jana’s clip to part of her  song: (click) – “I’m not lost; I’m exploring.”

If you want to buy any of her CD’s, pop on over here and grab some of those. They’re great.

So here I am, listening to Jana Stanfield’s  music, becoming inspired and itching to compose my own process, my own lyrics over her music. She encourages that, as I’ve said earlier. She gives permission to do that, because she wants people to learn and spread the value of her music.

Attached to this post is  the audio of the song, “The Great Puzzle.”  It’s about my journey with the broken foot and the subsequent recovery. My friend, Arthur Kaufmann of Magic Key Productions sings and records the music.

For more information about music therapy, please visit the music therapy website, http://www.musictherapy.org

– Lyrics by Miriam Hendeles, MT-BC; Lyrics adapted for instructional and sharing (non-profit) purposes to Jana Stanfield‘s  music –    “I’m Not Lost; I am Exploring”     (http://www.janastanfield.com) and   Jerry Kimbrough; (Used with permission for instructional purposes only).

-Vocals and Recording by Arthur Kaufmann of Magic Key Productions – Cedar City, Utah  (http://www.redrockrecords.com)

“The reason my co-writers and I write these songs is so that people will hear them, use them, and enjoy them. There are very few radio stations out there that play this kind of music, so please be our DJ’s.” — Jana Stanfield (on her website, 2012).

– Photos credit: M. Hendeles

 

 

 


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