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Music has always been a very important part of my life. I was a professional musician for 13 years and I always turned to music during tough times and during the good times. When I was diagnosed I figured if I was going to be in the fight for my life I had better get some good fighting music. I chose Shostakoviches 5th Symphony performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leanord Bernstein. I visualized an army coursing through my body attacking any and all cancer cells and effecting a virtual inhialation of the cancer while listening to the symphony through some very good headphones at eardrum busting volume ( If you don't have a pair of really, really good headphones you don't know what you are missing). This recording of Shostakoviches 5th will leave you totally drained it is so intense. I also turned to Maurice Andre (the worlds best Classical Trumpet player) to calm my nerves when uptight and then there was Bill Chase ( I will be thoroughly suprised if anyone knows who he is/was ) which I listened to when I was really pissed off at the cancer and just wanted to kick the SH!^ out of it ( again has to be really loud to get the full effect). When I listen "pop" music I must admit that the words are probably ther last thing I listen to, I am always concentrating on the Bass, Drums, Guitar, Horns, etc. I am a great fan of Classic Rock, Blues, and of course being a trumpet player, Jazz, Classical, Latin, and pretty much all music written before 1900 (Classical, Baroque etc) I would be interested in the words of songs which people have turned to. Deans posting about music made me wonder just how important people view music in thier fight. Has anyone else turned to any particular style of music or any specific Musicians/Songs which they feel has helped them through thier fight? Has anyone used music along with imagry? How about music swapping (is that legal now?). Maybe fodder here for the LCSC CD? OK, I have rambled enough.

David C

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You're right have no idea who the heck you're talkin about! Yes, I do have good head phones, yes I am paying for my youth of loud music with below average hearing. :wink: I love music, all different kinds of music, if you went through our CD collection you will find everything from John Lee Hooker to Roy Orbison to that Hawaiian guy with the name I couldn't begin to spell. I didn't really turn to music after John's diagnosis, I think more the opposite, I turned away.

But now I am back to listening to music all the time lately, I have spent so much money on Amazon.com I should have stock! It even knows me by name and welcomes me when I log on, it's so glad I'm back, and makes suggestions as to what I should buy. :roll:

I guess I get stuck on something and play it till I burn myself out on it. Right now I am playing the heck out of Phoebe Snow's "Something Real" CD. I love her voice and the notes she can hit, amazing. Also been playing Mary Chapin Carpenter for fun, Van Morrison (my very favorite), the Best of the Moody Blues, Nora Jones, BB Kings "Duets", and Jackson Browne. You are late in joining the L.C.S.C. music club David C, but I think we'll let you in. David A and I have been exchanging CD's for a long time now and recently Rich and I have been sharing music together. So maybe when David is out of the hospital we could all exchange some stuff (not that we would do anything illegal of course! :P ) David A is a huge music guy and I know he'll welcome someone else to exchange with.

Take care David~


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Guest Karen C

I'm glad Dave brought this up in such a general way, because in all honesty I believe that two things helped him through his chemo and radiation - successfully (so far, knock on wood), I must say - one thing was his imagery therapy he used through music (we saw a shrink who specializes in healing through imagery but he was already doing what she coached but he at least got some good reinforcement on the "technique") and the other thing was prayer - on both our parts - long, deep talks with God.

I strongly believe that these two things - and who knows, the music imagery in itself could be a form of prayer - made a huge difference.

Karen C.

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You just hit me on the head, I was listening to C-Ds my husband

collected when he was sick, all TRUMPET.

Bill Chase and Maurice Andre were some of his favorites.

We both went on a rampage for music when we both got cancer

so the place is full, I am just lucky that the place is sound proof

as the music is on from early morning, and I fall asleep with it.

I have a choice for all kind of moods and it does help.


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Dennis was so into his rock and blues during treatment. He took his music with him to treatment and was really loud sometimes, much to the annoyment of others. He used the movie Patton as his visualization therapy. There was one big scene, when preparing for battle, that Patton gave this really big "go get 'em" type of speech! This was Dennis's big motivational thing during treatment. when he would feel down or a new procedure was about to begin, out would come that movie. You have no idea how it hurts now when I glance over and see that movie on the rack! But...it was a great mind motivator for Dennis!!!!!

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Folks walk into my house for the first time and always give my entertainment unit a bit of a funny look. I have the little cheapo 19" T.V. and, sitting next to it, a stereo unit that'll knock you socks off ... literally!! :)

I have a 50 disk Sony CD changer running into a Kennwood 200 watt reciever that pushes the pride of my system ... Two 3way, air mounted, impedance matched speakers with 15" woofers. In the past noisy neighbors have gotten into "stereo wars" with me .... but only once! :) The thing WILL rattle windows 3 or 4 houses down the block from me.

Folks ask me why I have such a powerful system in such a small place, but what they don't understand is that power makes for a much clearer sound even on low volume settings.

As a singer/songwriter I lean VERY heavily toward music that has something to say. My musical "heroes" are Bob Dylan, Kris Kristopherson, Alan Jackson, Reba, Gordon Lightfoot, Ice Cube (yep, even rap. Listen, if you get the chance to Ice Cube's "It was a good day". Incredable writing!), and others who take the time and effort to WRITE.

As you can see it's a bit of an eclectic bunch. We have everything from early Beatles vinal to Evanescence's newest album (one of the VERY few groups now days that seem to take the time to write good lyrics for their songs. "Bring me to life" is REALLY powerful).

Classical music is my wife's department. She grew up in a musician's family. Her dad taught classical music and her Mom is/was second chair violin for the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Gay's Mom was also the piano soloist and the "fill" in for just about any other instrument for any orchestra around that needed someone in a hurry.

My favorite song, hands down, is Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Southern Cross". I've listened to that song Lord knows HOW many times and every time I do I hear something I didn't notice before.

I could go on about music forever. Many, MANY times in my life it SAVED my life. From "Southern Cross":

"I have my ship, and all it's flags are a'flyin'

It's all that I have left and MUSIC is her name!"


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Southern Cross is also one of my personal favorites! Great tune! That is a song, that demands a loud play.....I saw CS&N 3rd row center at pine knob (here in Michigan) two or three summers ago.. it was awesome!

I also really enjoy "almost cut my hair"-- Of course not exact;y "letting my freak flag fly" nowadays.....(I am pretty much bald from the chemo) :)


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Well I have just recently discovered a great site on the internet called www.folkalley.com I am soooo excited by it. It plays 24 hour folk music! I listen to it all the time. Folk music is and has always been my favorite! Dean, you may want to check it out! Have heard things I haven't heard in years and have a whole new slew of favorites. Makes a great backdrop for reading this forum. Check it out!



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big music fan here too.

AC/DC and Aerosmith, helped Kill a lot of the cancer 1st time around.

Ry and I have been exchanging music for awhile now and she has an excellant library.

We have a pretty big library of music from blues to the boy bands(my kids music).

going to make a list of what we have some day. I love to share my music, so just ask perhaps I have it!

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Hmmm...music therapy...

For me, when I'm feeling kinda blue and wanna go with the feeling, it's the sweet voice of Vince Gill (bet he tells AWESOME fairy tales with that voice) and when I'm finished feeling sorry for myself, it's on to Robert Palmer's "Doctor, Doctor (Bad Case of Loving You)" ALWAYS the segue into feeling better...and LOUD - gotta be pounding rhythm to get the blood flowing..."Shook Me All Night Long" AC/DC is a strong favorite...

I also enjoy the soundtrack to (gasp) "Saturday Night Fever" - "Disco Inferno" is a LOOOOONNNNGGG track of rhythm for big chores like painting bathrooms and kitchen cupboards...

Enjoyed the blues prior to the cancer, now it just gets me down as I howl right along... :wink:

Hubby has a zillion CDs of many, many genres.... Santana, Grateful Dead (suprised ME to see all the Dead tracks), swing, big band, country, R&B, classic rock, protest songs of the 60's, all kindsa stuff in our house - whatever spirit moves ya, the stereo can crank it out...

Can't live without the tunes....


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David C: working on your stuff. Should have it out soon. I hope you like it.

David A: Yes, but do you have the "lime in the coconut song"???

Dean: Yep, the neighborhood always knows when I'm home alone. :roll: LOUD is good.

Rich: Still trying to get over that CD you made, I love it. Above and beyond the call of duty for sure. Thank you!

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Your welcome Ry. Glad you like it. More to come. I enjoy the CD’s and books you sent me very much also. Your very kind. Thank You. Peace, take care and God Bless, Rich

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First of all, thanks, bro, for the Shostakovich CD. It was great to hear the "war" music you used during treatment. I can see why it worked so well! I hear something new in it every time I listen.

As a fellow music-lover (and hey, we ALL need music therapy!), I just thought I'd share a few of my favorites.

Stevie Ray Vaughn (God rest his soul) is near the top of the list. (on the "Couldn't Stand the Weather" CD, turn up the volume on "Tin Pan Alley"!!!)

Eric Clapton. Sting. A lot of the music you guys mentioned, although I must be too old to have caught much AC/DC... I'll have to check into that - ha.

You can't be depressed when Aretha Franklin is singing. And I'm counting the days to Norah Jones' next CD coming out (this month).

This may be weird, but there are 2 other CDs that never fail to make me just plain happy. One is an old Lou Rawls CD called "Stormy Monday," with great old jazzy blues. The other (talk about different styles!) is Lyle Lovett's "Live From Texas," which is full of just plain fun songs -- a little honky tonk, a little blues, a little folk, even a sailor song or two... Who could not laugh at "I go for penguins" or "She's no lady, she's my wife," or the "preacher kept on preachin'" song?

Did I mention how proud I am that my brother is/was a musician? Ya'll should hear him play that trumpet -- It's downright amazing. To hear (and watch!) him play with a band (the few times I did) was TOO fun. And the wedding march he did for me (and my sister), well... you just had to be there!

My mother (okay, she's DavidC's mother, too) has a cross-stich hanging on a wall and I wish I could remember exactly what it says, but it's something about how God made words for everyday stuff, but for things too powerful for words to express, He gave us music. So true.


P.S. How could I leave out Chopin? Nocturnes and waltzes are not exactly cheer-you-up music, but when you just want to let the music "feel" for you (something deep), there's nothing like it.

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Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone

Suzanne, the plans they made made put an end to you

I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song

I just can't remember who to send it to

I've seen fire and I've seen rain

I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end

I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend

But I always thought that I'd see you again

Won't you look down upon me Jesus

You got to help me make a stand

You just got to see me through another day

My body's achin' and my time is at hand

And I won't make it any other way

Oh I've seen fire and I've seen rain

I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end

I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend

But I always thought that I'd see you again

Been walkin' my mind to an easy time

My back turned towards the sun

Lord knows when the cold wind blows

It'll turn your head around

Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line

To talk about things to come

Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain

I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end

I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend

But I always thought that I'd see you, baby, one more time again now

Thought I'd see you one more time again

There's just a few things comin' my way this time around now

Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you

Fire and rain

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HI everybody,

I am no musician but listening to music has always been one of my favorite things.I had gotten away from it until I had all this spare time on my hands now.I have been buying music like crazy the past couple of weeks.Mostly old stuff that I knew I liked but did not have on hand.I tend to listen to sad things at times and then work my way up to some kick--- rock and roll.I just bought "Life for Rent" by Dido and love her voice.White Flag has become sort of an anthem for me and my kids.We ride around out in the country here and listen and sing.Soothes the soul.I love John Prine.He can be very serious on some songs and funny as hell on others.I recommend anything by him.I also love Jackson Browne.A good work of his is "Late for the Sky".It is sad but it was written when a wife or girlfriend of his had died.I find solace in the song "For a Dancer" on that CD.Just bought Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks"I had forgotten how much I liked that work.Karla Bonoff is another favorite and beautiful voice.

Delbert McClinton for the old bar animal and blues man in me.And top it off with some Tom Petty live.I do love that band.Well.I guess you have all diagnosed me as senile by now. :lol:Thanks for this post.I plan on checking out lots of you all's favorites too.I can't get the headphones on over my radiation mask or I would take them to my treatment today.LOL.TBone

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TBone....I went to the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert last year at Daytona. Delbert McClinton was on one of the performers and he was DYNAMITE!!! He really was good at working the crowd! He and Earnhardt were very besy of friends and he had some wonderful storied to tell about experiences the two of them had shared!!!

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I had a silly little song ritual during my 6 weeks of radiation treatment -- every day, just after leaving treatment, I would BLAST Mariah Carey's "Make It Happen" in the car and sing at the top of my lungs. I strongly believe it was highly therapudic!!! :wink:

Here is my favorite part of the song:

"I know life can be so tough

and you feel like giving up

But you must be strong

Baby, just hold on

Never find the answers if you throw your life away

I used to feel the way you do

Still I had to keep on going

Never knowing

If I could take it

If I would make it through the night

I held on to my faith

I struggled and I prayed

And now

I've found my way

If you believe in yourself and know what you want

You're gonna make it happen

Make it happen

And if you get down on your knees at night

And pray to the Lord

He's gonna make it happen

Make it happen"

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Gee Tbone, just have to tell you that "For a Dancer" has always been at the top of my favorites list. Emmylou and Linda Ronstadt did it on a duet CD also but I like Jackson's version better. I am a big fan of John Prine also, I knew there had to be another one somewhere. I don't suppose you like Ry Cooder too?

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My husband isn't into music as much as I am. He likes to spend his "good" time either making model locos , (HO scale, for any buffs out there,) or running them. He is also writing memoirs for the grandkids.

I like to paint, (portraits and stuff,) but recently I had been a bit depressed about things, and couldn't get in the mood. A few days ago however, I took out my easel and pastels and put on a couple of "Russell Watson" CD's. Well, it wasn't long before , (pastel in hand,) I was "singing" and "rocking out" to "Barcelona" etc. and before I knew it the painting was half-way finished. I haven't had a painting go so easily or come out so well, for a long time! What's more, I think I actually forgot about this beastly disease for a few hours! Music?....Nothing like it to cheer you up and forget your cares!!! :D


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