October 2010 is the Fourth Anniversary of “Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips” and the Third Anniversary of “Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show”.
Many of the world’s scientists, medical doctors, mathematicians, authors, and teachers have studied and played musical instruments since they were children. These eminent individuals have integrated music into their thinking process. Classical music has the power to motivate, inspire, and to soothe pain.
If anyone has an experience they would like to share with our readers on the benefits of classical music please send it and it will be include it in the November 2010 newsletter.
Our article of the month is “Have You Ever Given Up When It Became Too Difficult for You?” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.
Read this inspiring article about Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Dr. Robert J Frank and learn the three step process to solve your problems.
Madeline’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for October 2010
How did Classical music play a part of Sir Edward Heath’s life as Prime Minister of Great Britain and what musical instruments did he play? Click here for your Radio Show
Who was Sir Edward Heath?
Edward Richard George Heath was born on July 9, 1916 in Broadstairs, Kent, United Kingdom. His father was a carpenter and builder and his mother before marriage was a lady’s maid. Edward was the Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1970, a Member of Parliament by age 35, Chief Whip at the age of 40, Leader of the Opposition by 50 years of age, a journalist, a merchant banker, a British army officer during WW11, and a lifelong musician.
At the age of 8, Edward began studying the piano. As a child of ten, Edward who was called Teddy “won a scholarship to Chatham House, Ramsgate, a local grammar school.” At Chatham House he continued to play the piano and was a very good student. At school he was part of the debating society and took an interest in public affairs and politics.
Heath went on to study at Balliol College, Oxford on scholarship in 1935. During his first term “he won the college’s Organ scholarship.” In 1939 graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics with Second Class Honors. While at Balliol College he was “active in Conservative politics”.
Heath travelled in Europe while at Balliol College. “His opposition to appeasement was nourished by his witnessing first-hand a Nuremberg Rally in 1937, where he met top Nazis Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler at an SS cocktail party. He later described Himmler as “the most evil man I have ever met”. In 1938 he visited Barcelona, then under attack from Spanish Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War. In the summer of 1939 he again travelled across Germany, returning to England just before the declaration of war.”
“Heath joined the Army immediately after the outbreak of WW11 and served in the Royal Artillery from 1940 until 1946, reaching the rank of lieutenant-colonel.” In dispatches “he was mentioned” as “a capable and brave officer.” Heath became “the commanding officer of the 2nd Regiment of the Honorable Artillery Company and Master Gunner within the Tower of London.” He was well liked by “some of his fellow officers”, but for “others his shyness left an impression of insensitivity and even rudeness.”
In February 1950, Heath gave his first speech “in support of the European Coal and Steel Community. He was appointed an assistant whip, became joint deputy chief whip under Churchill and at the age of .. 39 was made government chief whip by Anthony Eden.”
In “an atmosphere of confusion, recrimination, tumult and intrigue Heath gave an impression of calmness and commonsense. His sensitivity and understanding towards those Conservative MPs who were deeply troubled by the Suez policy were especially noted and appreciated, and were a revelation to those who did not know him. He thought it his duty to do everything possible to sustain the Prime Minister, but he was, in fact, very critical of the Government’s policy.”
Heath was elected Prime Minister on June 19, 1970, and from outside 10 Downing Street he said “to govern is to serve”. In 1971 Heath signed the Treaty of Accession in Brussels for Britain to join the European community. “Heath was awarded the European Prize for Statesmanship.”
Until 2001 Heath remained a Member of Parliament. Sir Edward Heath was Prime Minister from 1970-74. He died on July 17, 2005 at 89 years of age.
“Senior Living: Music Brings Memories to Life” (September 8, 2010) Dr. Arlen Burger, Mary Burger and Dave Besana from http://www.redding.com/news/
Music has the power to help patients remember and have a sense of identity. “Petr Janata, an associate professor of psychology at UC Davis’ Center for Mind and Brain, mapped the brain activity of a group of subjects while they listened to music. He found that the area of the brain called the medial prefrontal cortex region is stimulated by music.This area is just behind the forehead. It stores our long-term memories and, according to Janata “serves as a hub that links familiar music, memories and emotion.”
Professor Janata says, “When we play classical music for a resident who may be agitated, we notice that he or she calms down. Other residents will brighten up and start tapping their feet to a top hit from the 1940s and ’50s.” Patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s also respond well to music. Janata also “noted that the medial prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain stimulated by music, is one of the last areas of the brain to atrophy for those suffering from dementia.”
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