Music and Nutrition – Two Universal Languages

May 27, 2011

in Energy

It doesn’t matter where you live, music can be understood worldwide. It doesn’t matter where you live, it is necessary to have good nutrition in order to be healthy. The basics are important for both music and nutrition.
During my years of teaching beginning piano, it was important to start from the beginning. It depended on the person’s age and previous exposure to music and the piano as to how quickly they advanced. Never the less it was necessary to have the basics in place.
As a young child, I always wanted to be able to play the piano. An aunt, my dad’s youngest sister, was my role model. It seemed to me that she could play anything on the piano and she had so much fun doing it. We didn’t have a piano in our home so any time I had the opportunity to be around a piano, I would try to learn something about playing. I attended a one room school (6 grades with one teacher) during the first 4 years of grade (elementary) school. Often when everyone else was outside for recess, I would stay indoors so I could play around on the piano. Sometimes my teacher would give me a few pointers. My teacher was by no means a pianist but she knew how to read the melody line of familiar songs so when we had music on Friday afternoons, she would sit at the piano and play the melody line with her right hand only while leading us in singing. My older cousin (my role model aunt’s daughter) had been taught some basics by her mother so sometimes she would stay in during recess and teach me a little on the piano.  When I was in 4th grade, my parents invested in a piano for me. Years later I learned that having a piano in the house was very important to my dad even though he didn’t play himself.  He loved music and had a wonderful singing voice. During the 4th and 5th grades I worked at teaching myself how to play hymns.   A church hymnal was the only music book we had in the house. Sometime during my 5th grade year, my parents ordered a home-study piano course through the mail. I took myself through the first several lessons, not always understanding all the theory and written material but learned how to play the songs reasonably well and took the open book quiz at the end of each lesson. Each quiz was mailed in, graded, and returned to me. 
Finally we moved to another ranching community that had a piano teacher available. She was a retired school teacher (she actually taught my dad when he was going to school). She charged one dollar for a 30 minute lesson. My parents didn’t have the money to pay for my lessons so they bartered. They exchanged 2 gallons of fresh cow’s milk per week for my piano lesson. We lived eleven miles from town so during the school year, the school gave me permission to leave school one day a week and walk to the piano teacher’s house for my lesson. I walked the 2 ½ blocks in the cold, wintery weatherMy teacher was a wonderful lady however I always felt that she thought I knew more than I really knew.  She had me play for her and determined that I didn’t need to start at the beginning. I advanced to the point that I could play piano at church fairly well however I always felt I had missed something along the way. As an adult I have made the effort to learn music theory to the point of feeling more confident. 
In the same way as music, if we are to be healthy, it is important that we have good basics. In my last blog, I talked about the Wellness Pyramid and how the base or foundation of that pyramid indicates we should have 6 to 11 servings of whole grains each and every day. Most people eat only 1 serving of whole grains per day. A bagel or doughnut for breakfast does not count. Why? Because all the nutrients have been stripped away during processing and cooking. Why are whole grains so important to our basic health? Whole grains naturally have protective lipids and sterols (essential oils) however most and usually all the lipids and sterols have been stripped away during processing in order to increase the shelf life of the grains. What do these lipids and sterols do for our health? When we have an adequate intake of the essentials oils from whole grains, our cells can take on nutrients and waste can get out. The lipids and sterols from whole grains make the walls of our trillions of cells more flexible and permeable thus the cells function more efficiently and are healthier.
You are only as healthy as your cells. When our cell walls are hard and not very pliable, the cell becomes unnourished and even toxic because the toxins become trapped. Health surveys show that the incidence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes is higher than ever before. This can be attributed largely to the state of our diets that are very much inadequate in nutrient-rich whole foods. Most of us have turned that Wellness Pyramid upside down by eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods.
The lipids and sterols from whole grains are essential to enhance energy and vitality by optimizing cell membrane function. When your cells are healthy you will have a healthy immune system and be able to fight off disease more readily.
Just as God has tuned our ears to enjoy good music, He has tuned our bodies to need good nutrition in the form of whole food. Just as basic music theory is important in the making of music, whole food is important in having healthy cells thus a healthy immune system.
Yes, the basics of music and the basics of nutrition are both the same worldwide thus can be called a ‘universal language’. Years ago my piano teacher and my parents used good whole food (in the way of fresh cow’s milk) and music to bring the joy of music into my life.
 
Enjoy the music in your life!
 
 
 
Pat Moon
 
 

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1 Sue Glashower August 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Love your analogy of music and nutrition. It is so sad that we have come so far from the fundamental nutrition that God created our bodies to need.

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2 Pat Moon August 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Sue, yes it is sad that in this age of information and science that we have slipped farther from the fundamental common sense God gave us and has not changed. Thanks for your support.

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3 Matthew Reed August 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

Good music starts with the fundamentals. 
Good nutrition does too. 
Thanks for the encouragement here!

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4 Pat Moon August 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thanks for your reinforcing comment, Matthew.

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5 Olga Hermans August 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

I love you analogy here. It is so true with everything that when we don't have the foundation right, things will start to crumble down in every area of our life. Plus the time of building our foundation is the most wonderful time where we learn and build things with having our future in mind. It also is a way of sowing and reaping; when we sow the right things, the harvest is plentiful and awesome. Thanks Pat!

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6 Pat Moon August 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thanks for your added wisdom, Olga. Building a strong foundation is in a big sense, the same as sowing. Both give an abundant harvest. Great comment.

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7 Susan McKenzie August 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

What a beautiful scene from your life story, Pat! You have a teacher's heart, yourself… wanting to get the foundations and to be sure you give your students the proper foundation!
I learned to play piano from the hymn book, too…. I just loved those days! I always wished I could have had a better singing voice, though…. one day I'll take lessons again, for both!
I'm an oatmeal girl, for breakfast, even in the summertime 😉

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8 Pat Moon August 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Susan, it sounds as though we have many things in common… teaching, piano, music appreciation, and health. Thanks for your comment.

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