What is Recreational Music....
The New Oxford American dictionary tells us that recreation is activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.
The Wikipedia entry on recreation states:
“A few individuals view recreation as largely non-productive, even trivial. Excessive recreation is not considered healthy, and may be labeled as escapism. However, research has shown that recreation contributes to satisfaction, and that the stress management aspects of it contribute to quality of life, health and wellness, happiness, and that the use of recreation as a diversion may have clinical applications to individuals with chronic pain and other health impairments. In some cultures and religions, recreation is encouraged on certain days and discouraged on others. For example, in Judaism, Shabbat is a day for recreation, study, and relaxation; many Christian churches also have Sabbath. However, others interpret Sabbath to be a day of worship.
According to research cited in Time magazine, stress is a major factor in many of the leading causes of death in the United States.”
Recreational Music, then, is music made for enjoyment when one is not working. It can be made with the purpose of managing stress, chronic pain, and other health impairments. To be clear, there is a difference between passively listening to music and actively making it, as this video “How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain” explains.
Music Can Go to the Heart....
“All facts, written or spoken stay jammed in the brain, and never go deeper.
Music can go to the heart - when we cease to analyze it and judge it with our brains. When we have learned to accept. Then it goes straight to the heart.”
Dr John Diamond, M.D.