There is no doubt that it stimulates different areas of the brain than anything else. I have always been a major fan of music. Like over the top with it. Before we sold them, I had over 500 albums. I was a Hi-Fi freak and used to play the piano. Not anything major, just the usual lessons as a kid.
The only time I stay out late anymore is to go see my friend's band play. I've completely quit drinking because of my dizziness so I didn't go to a club for a while. I am hosetly unable to stay out late unless I'm listening to live music. I pay for it every time the next day but I don't care. He is a really good blues and classic rock (Trower, Hendrix, the Meters) guitarist who does some covers but mostly originals. Check him out at http://ericjerardi.com
. His music will instantly put me in a good mood. I don't know if it's that I really like it loud, but it really is one of the few times that I don't think about my MS.
I hate that I'm almost constantly aware of my MS. Sometimes I think I'm obsessing about it, but then I just turn my head or start walking and it's almost impossible not to think about it all the time. So the escape music gives me is kind of unique. I'll listen to almost anything but old country and new hip hop. I was listening to a really good version of Bach "Air" the other day. I swear that song is close to perfect. I just closed my eyes and absorbed it. It might be that I can really live "right now" as you say and appreciate it more than I used to, but music has been good for me too. Put on some early Elton John or some Beatles on Sunday morning and I sometimes don't notice (or care) how shitty I feel until I'm done. Music is definitely good MoJo for me.
I think it also has to do something with the way it stimulates your memory. I always think about the good times or whatever that the song reminds me of. If there is a song that I connect with a bad memory, I don't listen to it. You talking about Earth, Wind and Fire made me think of being at Junior High dances at the rec center and doing "the white man shuffle" (I can't dance well at all) to September and hoping to have someone to make out with when you weren't dancing. I will get out my trusty Chicago Transit Authority and listen the the first disc non-stop and just get lost. I'm waxing nostalgic now, but it really does help me. Thanks for reminding me how much I appreciate it!