“My favorite songs got me out of despair during my forties”
Just like the song of Sahir Ludhianvi
Na Muh Chupa Ke Jiyo helped Sanjay Dutt gain the courage to stand up to the bullies in his life in the movie Sanju; Apeksha Porwal, 23, from Indore, had David Guetta’s disease
Titanium who held him up. “I had to stay confined to a room for two weeks, with no real human interaction. Around this time, I turned to music to stay sane. But, I would call Titanium my quarantine hymn. The lyrics, the melody – all of that kept me from slipping into depression, ”she shares.
For Bangalore-based professional Rishabh Agarwal, his playlist of mixed songs has helped him stay positive despite being isolated at home. “The second wave got me, and I was stuck in a two bedroom apartment, all alone with COVID. During this time, I created a playlist of high-energy, energetic songs for the day and soothing music for the night. I didn’t miss this playlist because it was almost like a reminder to me that I have to do certain chores to stay alive during this time. These songs brought me out of despair during the isolation, ”he shares.
Learning music and attending virtual concerts a great relief
It’s not only the songs available that have helped people stay afloat during these trying times, but also the interest in learning a new musical instrument like the ukulele, guitar or keyboard. “The first wave of the pandemic hit me hard. For an extrovert like me, it was difficult to make the transition to stay completely indoors. After watching many videos on social media, I decided to devote all of my energy to learning a new skill. After work and during those long sleepless nights, I taught myself how to play the ukulele by following online tutorials. It made me feel less alone and the social media appreciation was an added boost! said Naval Chouksey from Pune. He also recalls how his friends also invested in learning instruments like guitar, keyboard and even harmonica.
Another way, in which music helped tremendously, was through the virtual concerts that musicians from all over the world organized for the public. Direct from Facebook live, watch parties to zoom in on concerts – singers and musicians kept listeners busy.
Experts say …
Numerous studies have shown that music can indeed have a positive effect on a person’s physical and mental well-being. Peakmind psychologist Tulika Mukherjee says, “With music, humans can express themselves, find safety and comfort. The restriction of movement due to the ongoing pandemic has made many people mentally restless. But even patients with severe clinical symptoms have shown remarkable progress with supportive music therapy. Mukherjee strongly believes that learning music during these chaotic times helps to pay more attention. “Playing an instrument helps us disconnect from our anxious thoughts, allow our mind and body to cool off and not feel overwhelmed,” she adds.
Sonal Arora, Mental Health Research Fellow and Executive Director of Gi Group India, explains: “Studies have shown that music therapy serves certain neurological functions and corrects deficits, which can arise from many neurological conditions. Music therefore also has cognitive and memory dimensions rather than being only a cultural phenomenon. ”
Musicians also used music therapy during the pandemic …
“The return and popularity of ’90s music around this time has been an uplifting genre of music for me in these difficult times. I not only listened to these songs, but I sang them too. I have the impression that the music touches the soul. It just depends on the type of music that matches your mood. This kind of music is always meditative and uplifting in any stressful situation. –
Stebin Ben, singer
“The loneliness, loneliness and hopelessness that everyone went through was all-consuming. In the midst of all this music was my therapy. I addressed my emotions and feelings that I felt when I was going through a low phase, through my songs. He has the power to heal. –
Rohan Solomon, independent musician