Ep 259: Making Music Matter More in Midlife with Adriana Barton

Ep 259: Making Music Matter More in Midlife with Adriana Barton


What You’ll Learn About Making Music Matter More in Midlife:

  • Why it’s important to understand the effect of stress, burnout, and menopause in midlife.
  • What it’s like to start studying cello seriously at such a young age.
  • What it’s like to confront one of your biggest pain points in midlife.
  • What it’s like to leave a successful career in journalism at the top of your game.
  • Several great tips to help you use to make music matter more in your life.
  • Why music can be good for your mood, exercise, healthy aging, and more.
  • How to create and reimagine your relationship with music.



Welcome to another episode of the Women in the Middle Podcast

Are you interested in making music matter more in midlife? My guest is Adriana Barton, a mid-career journalist, a former staff reporter at Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe and Mail, and the author of a new book (coming in October 2022): Wired for Music: A Search for Health and Joy Through the Science of Sound.

Adriana also has a serious and intense music background. She was a very young child when she began studying the cello, which she did for 17 years until injury put an end to her classical music career.

As a journalist, her writing on health, science, visual arts, architecture, music, and pop culture has appeared in publications including Western Living, Vancouver magazine, BlackFlash, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and more.

Adriana is wrapping up the book I mentioned, Wired for Music.  Drawing from neuroscience, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, her book argues that music is much more than entertainment or a rarefied art form: It’s an age-old system to boost human health, connect us to each other (even at a chemical level), and add meaning, resilience, and joy.

Her research for the book and journalism assignments have taken her to Syria, Jordan, India, Zimbabwe, and Brazil. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and son.

You know, One of the reasons I really love this interview with Adriana is because her book is also about how she has reconsidered her own relationship with music and how her midlife journey brought her back to using music as a way to nourish her soul.  You’re going to love this interview!

Please ENJOY.

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Adriana Barton:  https://adrianabarton.com/

Adriana Barton’s book: Wired for Sound: A Search for Health and Joy Through the Science of Sound: Available now for pre-order (coming out Fall 2022) USA: Amazon.com: CANADA: Amazon.ca ; and other booksellers everywhere! Audio book coming soon (read by author)

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

This is Your Brain on Music: Understanding a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin

Documentary: Alive Inside

Related Episodes:

Women in the Middle Podcast, Episode 53: How Music Has Healing Power for Neurodegenerative Disease with CNN Hero Carol Rosenstein: https://suzyrosenstein.com/ep-53-how-music-has-healing-power-for-neurodegenerative-diseases-interview-with-cnn-hero-carol-rosenstein/

Women in the Middle Podcast, Episode 172: Midlife Stories on Purpose  https://suzyrosenstein.com/ep-172-midlife-stories-on-purpose/

Connect with Suzy

The Women in the Middle Academy (WITMA): WITMA is a six month, online coaching program and community for midlife women who know they’re meant for more and are ready to find what’s missing, create a life and career on their own terms and become the happiest, most free and fun version of themselves! This can be you! Don’t waste another second feeling stuck. Head over to www.womeninthemiddleacademy.com, book your free, no obligation “MOMENTUM” call and we’ll chat!

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