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Music and It’s Healing Power -Plus a Graphic Rock Tee Styled


” We are the World, We are the Children. We are the ones to make a brighter day, so let’s start giving.”

This song was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson still resonates with us today. As a matter of fact, Lionel Richie talked a bit about the song and how he would be singing it on American Idol. Do you remember the video?

I am wearing my Def Leppard concert tee from a few years ago, and styled it today to talk about the power of Music.

women's graphic tee

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

– Henry Wadsworth

Def Leppard Graphic tee

Music and Its Power

Music is one of the things that tie people together.

I have always love different genres of music and the music my parents listened to influenced me as well.

My Dad would often play Simon and Garfunkel, Credence Clearwater, Neil Diamond, Carole King,  among many other artists in our home.

We would joke about my Dad’s “vacation tape” he would compile with The Clancy Brothers, Air Supply and Bob Seger played over and again.

My Mom loved a variety of music as well, and Big Band was heard from Glen Miller to  Tommy Dorsey.

I listened to a lot of blues in college, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters. I loved the emotional feeling that stemmed from the music.

This is something that connects us. Relaxes us or makes us Dance.

Music isn’t going to solve world problems, but it has the appeal to brighten someone’s day, lift someone up, calm someone down.

Going to Duquesne School of Music, my major was Music Performance in guitar. In the Music School, I was also introduced to the “Music Therapy” program, where students studied to get a degree in this healing art. I thought that was quite interesting.

From Harvard University Medical School, “Music therapy is a burgeoning field. Those who become certified music therapists are accomplished musicians who have deep knowledge of how music can evoke emotional responses to relax or stimulate people, or help them heal. ” 

Music has a relaxing effect. When I go to therapy, I hear the sounds of the nature’s rainforest, or a soft classical guitar. When you get invasive procedures or surgery, the surgeon often has music playing. This is not only to relax the surgeon, but also to calm the patient before the medical procedure.

As I come down on pain medication from my EDS, I will often sit and play music to lessen my anxiety or to distract from pain. This can lower the pain levels.

According to Psychology Today, “music can also help mental disorders. Research demonstrates that adding music therapy to treatment improves symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics. Further, music therapy has demonstrated efficacy as an independent treatment for reducing depressionanxiety, and chronic pain.  ”

It has a physiological effect on the body by lower stress levels, blood pressure and anxiety.

So, in the scenario we find ourselves in these days, with Coronavirus, perhaps try using music to help relax or ease some of the anxiety you may be having. That can mean sitting down at the piano, grabbing the guitar, or just playing some of your favorite music.

My Outfit

A very sunny day when we took these pictures. it has been raining now the last 3 days. I wanted to style my Def Leppard tee, “Love Bites” that I bought at the concert we went to two years ago. Boy, have things changed! Read the post HERE. I couldn’t find the exact tee to link, bu t I am sharing some Def Leppard tee links, in case you are interested.

I wanted to wear a white blazer, and took our my more casual eyelet white blazer from Jacket Society .My distressed boyfriend jeans are older, about 7 years old. I rolled the bottoms a bit as I wanted to show my black stappy sandals.

Band tees are popular graphic tees and they are fun to wear. I love dressing up a graphic tee with a duster or in this case, a blazer.

graphic tee

“Music with all its subtlety has immense power to unite people, spread love and bring peace in the world!”

– Sanchita Pandey

Concert tee women's

Truffles playing piano as a puppy. She is a real PAWDOGY!

Do you feel that music heals? Do you listen to music to  relief anxiety or stress? Tell me in the comments!


Def Leppard tee- bought at the concert. ( concert tees)

boyfriend jeans Loft ( old)

sandals c/o

earrings- Mango

Jacket Society eyelet jacket

Have a good  Memorial Day weekend and stay safe!
Jess xx


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  • Reply
    Aidan Brogan
    May 30, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Music is always a healing therapy for me!
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    Shauna Crymble
    May 30, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    You look so adorable!
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  • Reply
    May 28, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Jess, you know I adore this post from the message to your amazing rocker outfit! Music is so incredibly healing and it speaks for us when we can’t find the right words, it comforts us when we feel broken, it uplifts us when we celebrate. It is literally around us and with us all the time, reminding, uniting, and healing. I have participated in music therapy groups (I have no musical talents whatsoever) and I have found them to be so beneficial for focus and centering. Thanks for sharing this powerful post and linking up with me.


  • Reply
    May 26, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Music is universal,and people who cannot speak the same language can enjoy the same music. Love this Casual & Chic look on you Jess.

  • Reply
    May 26, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    What a fun outfit! I really should play music in the house but I never think about it. I think that sometimes I just like the quiet since I have chattering boys!

  • Reply
    Daenel T.
    May 25, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve always been curious about music therapy. I mean, it makes sense, music can impact the way we feel, bring on feelings of nostalgia, romance, laughter, etc. So the impact on our emotional health has to be intense.

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    Lisa D.
    May 24, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Music brings out a lot of feelings and will also make you feel good. I think music makes a person be still and listen and thats when the healing begins.
    Truffles is a cutie.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 24, 2020 at 11:21 am

      Hi Lisa
      yes, there are alot of memories associated with music. It heals, can help you relax and have a positive effect on your health. Thank you! Happy Memorial Day weekend.

  • Reply
    May 23, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Music is so amazing of how we react and feel…thanks for the reminder. I’m going to put some on right now.
    Love the outfit too, Jess. Especially those earrings,

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 24, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Jodie! These are fun earrings! Yes, can you imagine a world without music?

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    May 22, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Wow, such a laid back look for you! I love it, but my eyes have to adjust–hahaha! Several times last year, I was tempted to write a post “how Starbucks and country music saved my life”. Yes, it sounds dramatic. I lived alone for many months and those two things became what I looked forward to and took me out of myself. I was also a musician in school and singer most recently–there is so much power in music, I couldn’t agree more. Your little Truffles in an adorable musician!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 23, 2020 at 9:49 am

      Haha! You made my day! I am not a tee shirt person, but I do love a good concert tee to remind me of the event. I didn’t know you were a musican too! that is great 🙂 Hope you have a great week end

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    May 22, 2020 at 8:14 am

    okay, truffles playing piano is way too cute! Adorable! I am still kicking myself for not buying a tee from the Def Leppard concert. I have seen some at stores but I prefer a v-neck and that is so hard to find. Love how you styled this my friend!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 22, 2020 at 9:53 am

      I know I love that picture of her! I like v necks too and the design was cool, so I say, what the heck! If I see one in a v neck, ill let you know! Have a good weekend!

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    Michelle Churchman
    May 22, 2020 at 2:51 am

    I agree that music has a way of tweaking the emotions. And strong associations with memory. Whenever I hear Stevie Ray Vaughan, it takes me back to this little bar where I would go and shoot pool with my dad. It’s a good memory. I will admit to ignorance about the particulars of music therapy itself. But I know music can help raise my mood. Music is near constant in our household. When I married Dan, nearly 4 years ago, he had 11,000 songs in his music library. I think we are over 12,000 now. Blues, classic rock, reggae, jazz, a few country tunes, Hawaiian, Tiki. It’s all good. 😀

    Very cute outfit! Event tee shirts are so fun. I don’t have many. When I do get them, they usually become lounge wear. But my husband lives in them.


    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 22, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Yes, very much with memory! So cool that you love SRV! He is my guitar idol! I listen to him extensively in my 20s and 30s and love his music along with other blues music. It is great to have an extensive variety of music. I love swing music as well. I dont wear t shirts much but this was a fun one with the snakes and roses. My hubby lives in tees too !
      have a good weekend!

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    May 22, 2020 at 2:01 am

    I am a real sucker for 80s music plus I listen to modern day pop to keep up with the kids lol. My last concert was a last year when I watched Kings of Leon in Liverpool, however, being on your feet for that many hours certainly makes you feel your age. The best concert I have been to has to be Bon Jovi in Manchester a few years ago. Have a good weekend Jess. Love the outfit Lisa xx

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 22, 2020 at 9:30 am

      I love some of the 80s music! Rock hair bands especially! The only way I know anything modern is because of my 9 yr old niece! Oh I know what you mean! When we saw Def Leppard, I had on comfy shoes yet with my EDS, i paid for standing for a few days. OH, I love Bon Jovi, have never seen them! Livin on a Prayer is one of my favorites. Enjoy your weekend too. xx

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