Like most of you moms out there, I sang my kids to sleep. And now I sing my grandkids to sleep – both when they are at my house and when I am not with them – by virtue of the lullaby CD I recorded. It seems to sooth them and it certainly gives me pleasure!
So I have been reading up lately on babies and music. The latest studies reveal that babies from newborn on up have some reaction to music. Science Daily reported this year that after hooking newborns up to an EEG, they learned that babies had a sense of pitch from birth. Another study reported by Health Day News said that “babies as young as five months old can distinguish between upbeat and gloomy music.” The researchers realized that even babies could “feel” the emotion of the music. Not a surprise to me, but rather a confirmation of what I knew in my heart to be true.
Music feeds the soul. I personally have experienced great emotion when listening to music. We often associate certain songs with certain memories. For example, a special song you and your sweetheart loved before you broke up! Listening to that song can bring emotions to the surface long after the event. But babies don’t have those experiences to draw from. This tells me that there is an element to music that has a life of it’s own so to speak. I happen to believe that music is a creation and gift from God, but whatever you decide, music has a profound effect on humanity, ancient and modern. I for one am very grateful for music. I am pleased to learn that babies share my appreciation.
Sing on everyone!