Episode 36: Mental Health and Live Music with Dr. Leah Taylor & Taraleigh Weathers

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Have you ever wondered how live music is beneficial to your mental health? In this three-part series, Taraleigh and Leah ask live music fans, musicians, and people in the industry questions about what live music means to them, how it affects their mental health, and to share a recent memorable experience with live music.


In this episode, they dive into the question “How has the return of live music affected your mental health?” First, we hear from musicians and industry personnel including Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, Eric Gould from Pink Talking Fish and Marble Eyes, Jeremy Kaplin and Brian Murray from Dogs in a Pile, and Brett Wilson from Roots of Creation, and others. Then we ask fans the same question.


It is clear from both that live music in our current atmosphere is double-sided, evoking stress but also providing benefits to mental health. Also evident is that while the music is playing, nothing else matters and all is right with the world and that for those interviewed, makes it all worth it. In true Groove Therapy fashion, Dr. Leah links research throughout on things like positive emotions, finding a sense of harmony in life, and connection with others to illuminate the reason behind the experiences being expressed.


Taraleigh Weathers is the leader of fabulous Rocking Life Retreats and founder of the Rocking Life Entrepreneur Program where she helps people with ADHD that have a bazillion ideas in their head and need focus and guidance to figure out how they can bring it all together in a unique offering so you can make reliable income doing what you love. She is also the author of the book How to Rock Your Life. Find out more about Taraleigh at rockinglife.com.


Leah Taylor, PhD is an Integrative Mental Health Specialist with a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine and a researcher of live music and how it relates to wellbeing. She is the founder and creator of Embodied Groove ™ an interactive movement experience designed to enhance the benefits of live music and raise the vibe at every show. Find out more about Dr. Leah Taylor and Embodied Groove at embodiedgroove.com.


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