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Music unlocks human potential: musician

SOOTHING THE SAVAGE BREAST:Musician and composer Lee Ming-chien said that Einstein often came up with answers to problems while playing the violin late at night

By Yang Chiu-ying  /  Staff reporter

Music not only affects the emotions, it can also stimulate the mind and unlock the limitless potential of the individual, a top musician says.

Lee Ming-chien (李明蒨), a renowned musician and composer, was invited by the Teacher Chang Foundation and Living Psychology Publishers to discuss her latest book, Musical Acrobatics of the Mind (大腦的音樂體操), a compilation of Lee’s many years of research on music and thoughts on enhancing human potential through music.

The China Youth Anti--Communist National Salvation Corps (CYC) founded the Teacher Chang Foundation in 1969 to focus on the rapidly changing society and the mounting social problems caused by change through youth counseling and other events to aid youth development.

Living Psychology Publishers, formerly a publisher of articles intended for Foundation members, later became the main publisher of the Foundations’ articles on psychological counseling.

In the meeting, Lee said that music could help the human mind think “outside of the box” and arrive at new ideas, adding that George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and the theme music from the movie Cinema Paradiso both helped the mind free itself.

If one wants to feel more alive or needs music to inspire oneself, the U Theater’s (優人神鼓) album Sound of the Ocean (聽海之心) was also helpful, Lee said.

When Albert Einstein felt his thoughts were stymied, he often came up with solutions to his problems while playing the violin at night, Lee said, adding that everyone should strive to emulate Einstein and filter out the background noise of the mind through music.

Simply listening to music can invigorate the mind, Lee said.

Meanwhile, Fu Jen Catholic University dean Chiang Han-sheng (江漢聲) said yesterday he is trying to promote a form of modern therapy combining music and medical theory.

Everyone is afraid of growing old, but doing aerobic exercises to music aids sleep and relieves stress, Chiang said, adding that it also helped keep both the brain and the body in prime condition.

Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer

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