Letters to ...

Gram was right on

 ... another great issue

from Louise Bouchard

Editors note: The article referred to is  What would the world be without  music  an essay by my grandmother, Hattie Hoit Richardson, published March 5, 2004.
Submitted by John Averell. Louise Bouchard is a fellow member of the Wakefield Retired Men's Club Band.

From: Louise Bouchard
To: John Averell
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 4:55 PM
Subject: Re: Melrose Mirror issue

Your Gram was right on. Too bad school systems throughout the region have, so often, seen music programs to be a non-essential part of education.  

Something to think about.  Note the numbers of older musicians who not only seem to experience long life, but to have a higher than average degree of mental awareness. I do not believe this is just happenstance. If for no other reason, the amount of mental activity required to play music seems to work like brain exercise - keeping those who practice this kind of exercise functioning at a higher level, mentally, than those who do not. Unfortunately it doesn't prevent physical debilitation.

The down side, guess there always has to be one of those, is that musicians suffer hearing loss at a much higher rate. This is probably worse on those who sit in front of the trumpet section!!

March 24, 2004

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