Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Medicine Cabinet #6

Music Is My Medicine
by Nayt Housman

Music is my medicine. Is it yours? I ask the public 6 golden questions to find out if and how they use music to feed the soul.

Last week's Medicine Cabinet patient Ronnie wasn’t the only one I nabbed on the job (nothing suss. Or is it?). On the same job that I met Ronnie I also met young 27yo Thomas who’s life passion is performing. So like a true professional scientist of the medical kind (no, really, it’s true) I whipped out my scalpel and started digging through his musical cranium for answers.

Thomas by Nayt Housman

Thinking of music as medicine...

Who flicks your on switch and turns up the volume?

Thomas: You know what? A bit of Led Zeppelin. Frikken love me a bit of Led Zeppelin, a bit of Santana, Gipsy Kings, I love my rock but then I’m one of these mixed genre ones. Give me a bit of Britney Spears “You gotta work BITCH” and I’ll turn that shit up real loud. So I mean all the way through… God I mean even recently I was listening to a bit of Earl Sweatshirt, it’s some heavy sort of rap and then all the way through to the Beatles. The whole spectrum turns me on.

Why are they the pill that cures your ills?

Thomas: Because they [Led Zeppelin] have some of the most amazing solos, I feel like they have this real earth shattering, eardrum-popping BOOM. It’s just like a beautiful chaos of crazy sounds. They’re just really frikken loud, you can turn it up, they’ve got those great solos and it’s just that real heightened passion, welling, the build, I LOVE IT!

What kind of high does it give you?

Thomas: They give me the high that makes anything seem possible, they make life seem extraordinary, they make the ordinary extraordinary, it feels to me like they’ve got… I think it’s the epicness of the music they make that just heightens all emotions I love that.

When do you find yourself craving musical relief? 

Thomas: When my heartstrings are being pulled in a positive or negative way. To focus, I’m going to sound like a bit of a wanker but sometimes I listen to a bit of Bach to focus on a project.

Doesn’t classical music have that 60 beats per minute thing that is supposed to help?

Thomas: Yeah I was told that in school when I used to struggle with maths. So yeah that’s when I crave music.

Where does music take you?

Thomas: Music takes me to heaven and it takes me to hell and I love both journeys.

How do you share your music love?

Thomas: I think by never holding back from getting my dance on or busting out a rhyme in public. I don’t limit singing to the shower. I’m guilty of singing a tune if it comes to me, if I feel the vibe I’ll bust out a tune.


I love it when music just has a certain part that really sticks and begs to be sung, hummed or danced to while it makes it’s way around your brain. I’m always being caught singing while I’m riding my bike or walking to wherever or dancing in the aisles at work. I don’t care, and neither does Thomas! It might only be the beat of a dance track, the catch phrase of a Britney song, the rumbling and thrashing guitar of a rock classic or the delicate nuances of a humming cello string but whatever it is it’s worthy of unabashedly performing where ever you stand.

I shall dub this 'The chicken pox effect'. Sure it can be like a virus and certain songs can be stuck in your head for days (I’m looking at you Right Said Fred!) but when it’s a good one you want to share it, regardless of the consequences. That’s what makes popular music, regardless of the era, so good right?

In order to become immune to the negative effects of unpleasant situations and in order to fully reap the rewards of pleasurable situations one must have a strong immune system and some people believe the best way to build immunity is to become infected. So Doctor Nayt’s prescription this week is to infect yourself with as many various strains of infectious music as you can. Have a party and interact closely with your guests and exchange as many infectious musical influences as possible. That way your immune system will be bloated with the armor required to fight off any misery that might threaten your daily life. Rock and/or roll!

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