Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Why Conductors Live So Long

Did you know orchestra conductors live longer than nearly any other group of people? It’s true.

Many of the famous conductors of the past lived well into their 80s and 90s during a time when the average life expectancy was 50 years old.

Like Leopold Stokowski, 95, Pablo Casals, 96, Nadia Boulanger, 90, and Arturo Toscanini, 89.

There are two reasons. Conductors flap their arms around for many hours a day. Upper body exercises are a great cardio-vascular workout, because they expand the muscles of the chest and open the lungs. Plus, the movements cause your heart to pump strongly, so blood and nutrients flow to your muscles and organs.

The result – conductors have low blood pressure. Their minds are sharpened because they get more blood circulation to their brains.

But there’s one more vital ingredient that explains why conductors enjoy longer and healthier lives.

Think about it. Why are they flapping their arms? What’s being generated as a result? A cascade of gorgeous orchestral music. Beautifully arching melodies with superior rejuvenating powers. Intricate harmonies that create new brain cells and higher IQs. Alpha-state inducing rhythms that calm and sustain inner peace.

Day after day conductors repeat this life-enhancing exercise.

Still going strong to this day is the 98-year old famed conductor Blanche Honegger Moyse. Born in 1908, she was forced to retire as a violinist 40 years ago due to a bow-arm ailment and began conducting. Moyse made her Carnegie Hall debut 20 years later at age 78 and is still conducting concerts around the world.

Though these men and women didn’t necessarily follow the best diets and were the original jet-setters, what they did have - upper body exercise coupled with a huge daily dose of positively-charged music – packs a powerful double punch of mental, physical and spiritual health.

Attending live concerts, especially with the greatest orchestras and conductors, will give you a dose of this musical elixir.

I received just such a healthy shot of good vibrations last month. One of the great orchestras in the world paid a visit to Asheville. The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser-Moest, made a deep and lasting impression. Recalling that special evening still gives me goosebumps.

Music is a trigger. For greatness, for inner peace, for motivation and for joy. Don’t neglect its supreme power to change you.

Warm Regards,
Tania Gabrielle French

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