As I grow older, though, I’m beginning to think that the stuff David was talking about is more and more important. When I did a seminar in London last week for the National Harmonica League, I noticed that the people in the room–a wide range of ages and both genders–generally looked pretty fit, certainly more so than the population at large. And when I go to harmonica conventions like SPAH, what I see mostly are people whose weight is under control (and whose breathing is more so).
Playing harmonica is a physical activity, sometimes intensely so, and if you’re playing with any intensity at all it aerates the lungs pretty effectively. I can’t prove that it makes you healthier, but that’s what the evidence of my eyes tells me.
Like I said, the older I get, the more I appreciate stuff that keeps me healthy, especially if it’s something I enjoy. Luckily for me, harmonica seems to fall into that bag.