Where my mind is like an open window
Where the high and healing winds blow
From my shallow sleep the sounds wake me
I let them take me
(Let them wake me, let them now, let them take me)
I Let the Music Speak
Music has been used as a healing force for centuries. Appollo is the ancient Greek God of music and medicine. Aesculapius was said to cure diseases of the mind using song and music. Plato said that music affected the emotions and could influence the character of an individual. Aristotle taught that music affects the soul and described music as a force that purified the emotions. Aulus Cornelius Celsus advocated the sound of cymbals and running water for the treatment of mind conditions. In biblical times, David played the harp to rid King Saul of bad spirits.
As early as 400 BC Hippocrates played music for his patients. In the thirteenth century, Arab hospitals contained music-rooms for the benefit of all their patients. In the United States, Native American Medicine Men often employed chants and dance as a method of healing patients. The Turco-Persian psychologist and music theorist Al-Farabi, known by the pet name Alpharabius in Europe, wrote about music and the soul in his treatise Meanings of Intellect. Robert Burton wrote in the 17th century in his classic work, The Anatomy of Melancholy that music and dance were critical in treating mental illness, especially melancholia.