Has Music Affected Your Recovery from Bipolar Disorder? The Question of the Week

John McManamy Health Guide
  • I'm headed out the door to my monthly drum circle. Four years ago, on impulse, I purchased a didgeridoo and learned how to honk it. I would joke who was going to notice if I hit a wrong note. Over time, I learned how to keep a continuous air-flow going (by circular breathing) and actually figured out how to play the thing.


    I now have four didgeridoos. A few weeks ago, I took my didgeridoo to our NAMI San Diego Walk, and some of the drum circle regulars joined me. We set up by the first water station where the walkers passed us three times. I now joke that NAMI has banned me from all future Walks, but the truth is we contributed mightily to a very celebratory and meaningful event.

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    I used to play trombone, but that was back when Nixon was President. The didgeridoo has served to remind me what I've been missing out on all these years. What I have learned from my drum circle is that you don't have to be an accomplished musician to make music. Music is universal. We can all participate.


    I've been going to my drum circle for about a year now. After all these years, it's a great feeling to be joining with others in making music.


    Question: Making music. Tell us about your experiences and how it works in your recovery.


    Maybe you don't make music, yourself, but drive your kid to band practice or something similar. Or maybe you're thinking about taking that old clarinet out of the case. Tell us about that, too.


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Published On: May 07, 2011