Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Practice--Bach to Rock (Finding the Right Vibes for You)

Try Listening to Miles Davis Kind of Blue
While music consciousness experts tout Bach and Mozart as the pinnacle of healing music vibrations (along with sacred chants and sound healing recordings), we're all at different ports of call when it comes to consciousness. It's best not to judge where we're at and go a step higher on the musical vibration ladder.

I find myself judging people who listen to rap music with misogynist lyrics or heavy metal with its wailing guitar and vocals. And I certainly don't want to expose my mind-body-soul to those types of music (which I refer to as noise). However, on an attraction level, why am I even encountering those types of music in the first place? The music we encounter is similar to synchronicity or part of the synchronicity flow so there's a message there. The message usually revolves around our state of mind. Meaning, if I'm hearing angry and hateful music, is there some part of me that is feeling fearful or am I repressing anger?

Granted, this is much more of a challenge for parents of teens who listen to "hateful" songs. But even then, what is the message coming through? We could all evolve into more tolerant  beings. This isn't to say that we should expose our bodies to lower vibrations in the form of music. But it is saying that nothing happens by accident. And not all teens listen to angry music. I listened to the Beatles and a lot of pop when I was a teen, though I'm sure I had my share of anger and frustration as every teen does.

So try listening to different types of music from lyrical or instrumental jazz to classical and early music, and to popular songs from what we call a classic era like the 1960s or the 1980s or even the 1990s (early). Try listening to folk, soul, funk, and songs with strong melodies. Then try listening to music with no melodies such as new age (non tension) recordings. Try listening to sound healing CDs, kirtans, sacred chants, and instruments you had not listened to previously such as didgeridoo. 

Then get out your music journal or diary. Pay attention to the effects on your mind, body, and spirit. Then write those effects down in your diary. Tune into your body's sensations. Does the music uplift you or cause you to feel angry? Feeling angry is good sometimes if you have previously felt unmotivated or spend all your time serving others and ignoring your needs. Then ask yourself what's behind your anger. Is it resentment, self-righteousness, or frustration or helplessness. Anger is a great motivator when used creatively. If this is the case, then come up with a list of steps you can take to liberate yourself. Take the first step.

One way to use music to free yourself from feeling stuck is to listen to Beethoven's entire 5th Symphony. The first movement provokes your anger with the knock of fate on your door. "Da, Da, Da, DAAAAA!" The other movements take you through your anger and arriving at victory or triumph in the last movement. It's also a short symphony as far as that goes. I believe it's under 40 minutes long for the 4 movements.

If you're not dealing with anger and require inspiration to move forward, then listen to French Impressionist music or a jazz classic like Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain or Kind of Blue. I also recommend John Coltrane's Love Supreme. I also recommend taking a look around this blog at hundreds of reviews to find inspiration. Or read any of the interviews with sound practitioners and musicians. 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Practice--Cleansing Lower Vibrations Caused by Background Music

photo by Patricia Herlevi
For people who are more sensitive, walking into a store or other business that plays background music can disturb their auras. As we awaken consciousness through sound vibration businesses for the most part lag behind. It's so tempting to stop frequenting those businesses, yet, there are other ways to protect your personal frequencies.

And as we move deeper into the Aquarius Age, frequency is where it's at.

In the future, I will post on the harmful effects of background music as well as, links to articles promoting the psychological effects of background music (used to sell more product and influence customer's behavior). But for now, I'm concentrating on ways you can protect your personal vibration when exposed to harmful sounds and text.

My other concern has to do with natural foods and even organic foods exposed to rock and pop music. The first time, this consideration popped into my mind was in 2007. I had already launched the Whole Music blog and I knew about Dr. Masaru Emoto's work with water crystals and sound vibration. I had a job interview at a natural grocer delivery service--a van service that delivered organic produce to people's doorsteps.

When I walked into the back office for the interview, I got a glimpse of the warehouse.  And the workers in the warehouse packaging the produce listened to heavy metal music (I'm not joking). Instead of engaging in a light interview and landing the job, I chose to speak up about the harmful music vibrations on the food because I felt it was tainting the vegetables and fruit (which are comprised of a high percentage of water). Needless to say I wasn't hired.

The interviewer's response (she was much younger than me by the way), was a polite, "Thank you for your concerns." I get that a lot when I'm informing others about sound vibrations. And since that time, the food coop where I shop almost daily has started playing hard rock in the background. This has to do with new employees, I'm sure of it, since I had not noticed this hard rock playing in the background prior. Whole Foods is another store that plays rock and pop music in the background. And actually, this lack of music awareness exists with most businesses, even one's who sell "healthy" food.

So here are some practices to help you raise your vibration and the vibration of your food. After all, we digest both physical and musical foods. Just like bad food can leave us with an upset stomach, rash or headache, so can lower vibrations from sound and music.

Take Epsom salt baths at the end of a day (if you want to purify your water from chlorine and flouride, filter in clay into your bath water, not in clumps)

Bless your food before eating it or play high vibrational music for your food such as sacred chants, Mozart, Bach, or Native American flute (this will also improve your assimilation of the food)

If businesses accept customer input and comments, suggests that they play world, classical, or jazz music in the store (they'll probably tell you they tune into a radio station which they can easily switch to a community radio station specializing in jazz or classical)

After you taking a cleansing salt bath (or use sea salt soap in a shower), listen to new age, world, classical or jazz music that makes you feel invigorated 

Wear black gemstones on your body during the day and sleep with turquoise under your pillow at night (cleanses your aura and have other health effects)

Take Bach flower remedies or other flower essences (I like the Yarrow Environmental blend from F.E.S.).

Meditate before going to sleep and meditate upon awakening 

If you carry a portable music device, make sure you include classical, new age, and sacred chants on it then listen to this music throughout the day (especially when frequenting businesses that play background music)

When I have room in my backpack, I bring my tablet and headphones with me. I am only able to tune into songs on YouTube at this time since the machine has little drive for downloading songs. And I find the commercials on YouTube jarring and annoying. But I noticed that when I tuned into Bach the other day, my vibrations lifted quickly.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Practice--Lifting Your Body's Vibration with Music

I have been concerned with lower vibration or frequencies that bombard each of us. Since I am sensitive I can tell when my vibration has lowered. 

Electrical fields, loud music in shops, profanity, news reports, violence, and aggression of all kinds lower vibrations. When our vibration lowers we become susceptible to disease and depression. 

We lose a sense of empowerment and others find it easier to manipulate and control our thoughts and behavior.

However, in contrast to that, we raise our vibration when we engage in harmonious relationships with others. We raise our vibration when we sing, play music, dance, listen to life-affirming songs, certain instruments (such as harp, flute, and drums, as opposed to drum machines), when we hang out in nature, when we eat high vibrational (organic and ethically-raised food) and when we practice self-care. Prayer, meditation, and yoga also raise vibration. I have also worked with photography and video making to raise my vibration.

Of course, we live in a mixed vibrational world. We can't hang out in crystalline caves singing chants all days, but we can carry crystals and gemstones on our body or wear them as pendants. We can choose to focus on the positive and gratitude. We can take Epsom salt baths, go for nature walks, hang out with animals, sing, dance, and there's another activity that I discovered recently that keeps our vibration levels high.

If you are unable to carry a portable music listening device with you, then recall an upbeat song that you can replay in your thoughts. When you walk into a lower vibration setting, carry that song in your body as if you wear it. And if you also are wearing crystals then you can boost that song's vibration further. So I'm going to get you started with some vibration boosters. 

Pop Songs:

Be Happy
Walking on Sunshine
My Girl
What a Wonderful World
Here Comes the Sun
I Feel The Earth Move 
Beautiful (also by Carole King) 
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

Jazz & Latin

Rhapsody in Blue
Ma Vie en Rose
gypsy jazz (genre)
Oye Como Va


Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun
Ode to Joy (choral and instrumental)
Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major (2nd Movement)
Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 (1st & 2nd movement)
Copland's Appalachian Spring
Copland's Rodeo 
Comical operas (Italian and Mozart)

As with anything, give this practice a try. And as you do, add more music to the happy list. Remember to stay away from profanity, screechy guitar, and drum machines for best results. The music should never sound robotic but have an organic feel to it. Just like processed foods lead to health problems I believe that overly processed music leads to nervous tension and lowers vibration. Just like we are what we eat food wise, we're also what we digest music wise. Music is after all sound vibration that lingers under our skin and in our auras. What signals do you wish to release in the world? And more importantly, what signals do you want reflected back to you?

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Monday, March 28, 2016

The Practice--Voices that Soothe

When I suffer from anxiety attacks or fear in general, I listen to particular vocalists because their voices act like an audio massage. The tone and texture of voices differ for each of us. Some people find male voices more soothing, some find women's voices more soothing; some people enjoy the singular voice while others lift their vibration with vocal harmony.

I find the African and the African-American vocals most soothing, followed by Native American vocals and then women's harmonies. But this all depends on the day and my circumstances as well as, the strength of the negative emotions I wish to relieve. Some times sacred music lifts me higher and other times I find comfort in a nostalgic pop song.

Here's an example of an African song that soothes my anxiety by Samite

When I was going through a particular rough time Native American musicians Mary Youngblood and Joanne Shenandoah came into my life (post 9-11). I recall listening to Youngblood's Under a Raven Moon, for instance However, Youngblood's Dance with the Wind brought me the most powerful relief and this album compared to a collection of adult lullabies for me.

I know many people have found the songs of the Wailin' Jennys healing and one woman said that this particular song helped her heal from a bicycle accident that nearly left her brain dead and unable to ever walk again. When I met this woman she was already well on her way to recovery.

Many people find Corsican harmonies healing. Here's a sample by Jean Paul Poletti's men's choir.

I'll explore vocal music in further posts. Feel free to leave your favorite vocal music that you find healing in the comments below.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Practice--Synchronicity, Music, & Messages

Ever so often, I get a song that I hadn't heard in decades playing on the repeat mode in my brain. I used to complain about these ear worms, especially since they are usually rooted in songs I never actually liked, but that had strong text. Then one day a woman that I met in passing told me to pay attention to the text because it's carrying messages.

So here's the practice. Pay attention to songs that pop into your thoughts, especially after you have prayed or meditated on a situation or asked a question to the Universe. Not only that, pay attention to songs you hear in the background at stores or at least any snippets you might have picked up. You could also encounter these synchronicity messages on YouTube in your feed or someone could mention a song, or a song comes on the radio or plays in the soundtrack for a movie.

Since we're all busy we could forget about these songs during the course of the day. So I recommend carrying a small notebook that you can use as a music diary. This could be the same music diary you use for music consciousness development or a different one. And in this diary, jot down questions you have for the day, the week, and for your life in general. Then when a specific song captures your attention jot down the song's title if you know it and the phrase that gets your attention.Refer to it later when you have some quiet time.

You'll be amazed at how the Universe or God responds to us through songs. Also re-listen to the song if you don't find it offensive. And then play little movies in your thoughts as you listen to the song. This also brings up helpful nuggets of information. Play around with it. You might even find that the annoying ear worms disappears after you discover its message.

Another thing I discovered is that when I recall a song and go listen to it on YouTube with headphones I find that the music production, choice of instruments and nuances in the singer's voice brings me physical and emotional healing. But this depends on the song.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

21st Century Musical Healer--Conversation with Samite

I'm re-posting this article which also appears in my book, Whole Music. For whatever reason, I woke up thinking about Samite today and the beautiful music he has graced us with.

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WM From the Heart of the African Bush: Conversation with Samite Mulondo

Other journalists besides me have felt the soothing lullabies of Ugandan multi-instrumentalist Samite Mulondo. The storyteller -musician-humanitarian takes his audiences on journeys to the African bush and also deep into the human heart. Listening to his recordings provide an intimate musical experience and seeing Samite in concert provides a different type of emotional experience that opens eyes, ears and hearts.

I first came across Samite when I was seeking African recordings to review for my former website, Cranky Crow World Music. Tunula Eno landed in my mailbox and as I listened to a beautiful set of songs I traveled through a gamut of emotions, from sweet humor to grief (the CD was dedicated to his wife who died from brain cancer).

A few years later, another Samite CD came my way—his seventh album, Embalasasa, named after a beautiful, yet poisonous lizard. According to Samite, today the poisonous lizard Africans and others face is the AIDS epidemic. The album featured another soulful collection of songs featuring Samite on thumb piano, flutes, percussion and vocals and backed by extraordinary musicians on kit drum, bass and guitar, including Grammy Award winner David Cullen.
Most recently I discovered that Samite would be performing at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, Washington. I had seen the musician in concert when I was residing in Seattle so I jumped at the chance to interview Samite for his upcoming concert in the Valley.

WME: I read that you emigrated to the U.S. in 1987 and that you started out recording for the Windham Hill label. Were you recording Ugandan or African music for that label or other types of music? Besides recording for this label, how did you get started with music after settling in the U.S.?

Samite Mulondo: I began recording for Shanachie Records when I first came to the US. I recorded two albums with them: Dance My Children, Dance and Pearl Of Africa Reborn. Next, I recorded for Xenophile, a branch of Green Linnet Records. For this label I recorded Silina Misango. Following this, I recorded Stars to Share with Windham Hill Records. I only record my music and it is in Luganda, my native language.

WME: You offer your listeners a great gift with storytelling, multi-instrumental playing and original songs with the essence of Uganda. Does your storytelling and music come from a tradition similar to the West African griot?

SM: No. In Uganda it is different. One member of the family could be a musician and the rest of the family members might be doctors or engineers. In my family, I am the only musician, the rest are accountants, etc.

WME: Speaking of storytelling, I am interested in the films that your music has appeared in and the soundtrack you composed for the Kenyan filmmaker. Please tell me more about these projects.

SM: The filmmaker that I believe you are referring to is the team of Alan Dater and Lisa Merton (Marlboro Productions). They are not Kenyan -- their subject is. The other important film that I was recently a part of (one of my songs is in this film) is War Dance by Fine Films (Sean and Andrea Fine).

WME: Besides musical projects, you also founded a non-profit that uses the healing power of music to heal orphans in African countries. I know you founded this non-profit, Musicians for World Harmony in 2002, but how did it begin? Do you have any heartfelt stories to share in regard to starting this non-profit?

SM: I think this started from way back when I was a refugee in Kenya in the early 1980s and I realized that music could be used to heal the souls that suffer from various traumas.

WME: In visiting your website, I learned that your most recent trip to Uganda involved photographing a baby mountain gorilla. Please tell me more about this recent photographic tour and how the photographs might be featured in your upcoming concerts.

SM: This is the second time that I have visited Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to shoot photographs. Both times I have been fortunate enough to spend time with mountain gorilla families. This last time, yes, there was a baby that was very young and in its mother's arms. My photographs capture the mother cradling her infant just after nursing. There was also a bit older baby - who thought it would be exciting to "play" with me. He didn't like the fact that I was looking him straight in the eyes (to him a challenge), so he hit me in the head with a branch! (Fortunately it was not a very big one). I do use these photographs in my multimedia concerts.

WME: Your music is special to me because it touches my heart on a deep and healing level. You understand the healing power of music and have demonstrated this knowledge on your recordings and your work with the nonprofit. So how do you approach your music in regard to recording and performing? Some musicians pray or meditate beforehand. Do you have a ritual that you perform so that you become a clear channel for healing music?

SM: I do spend some quiet time alone before each concert. I definitely pray to have a good spirit in the hall that I am performing in. I also pray to open people's hearts -- that may open their hearts and minds for me to reach them with my music even though I am singing in a language that they don't understand.

WME: Is there anything else you would like to add about your upcoming concert in Mount Vernon, Washington? Besides storytelling, healing music and humor, what else can the audience members expect?

SM: I will perform with my good friend, David Cullen, a Grammy Award winning guitarist who appears on many of my recordings. I will be performing my multimedia concert so your readers will get a chance to experience some of my Africa.

WME: Please describe the various traditional instruments you play, (flutes, percussion, thumb piano…)

SM: Kalimba (thumb piano), flutes - African and western, and voice.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Neptune Experience--Where Music and Astrology Meet

As some of you might know, I'm not only a music journalist-researcher, I'm also an astrologer. I track the effects that the planet Neptune has on trends revolving around cinema and music. I've found that music plays its biggest role when Neptune is in aspect with other outer planets or several planets are transiting in Pisces.

I would like to give heads up on what I call the Neptune Effect for March 2016 because we will experience a Solar Eclipse in Pisces with a cluster of planets transiting in Pisces. Jupiter is also involved since Saturn transits in Jupiter's sign, Sagittarius and the planet Jupiter transits in Virgo along with the North Node (moon node) which is the opposite sign of Pisces.

So we could witness new therapeutic effects for music used in hospitals, rehab facilities, prisons, hospices and other domains that fall under Neptune and Pisces. I say this because Virgo, Pisces opposite sign represents service, including social work, nursing, and creating healthy daily environments. Virgo would also bring in service animals along with music. This could also refer to healing animals with music and sound.

Since the asteroid Chiron is also transiting in Pisces, we might revisit music from our childhoods which either bring us solace or painful memories depending on the energy attached to the particular songs. Now, normally we would tell each other to avoid music that triggers pain, but if we choose to work with a qualified therapist, we could ride through the pain triggered by the music to reach the other side of it. In other words, release the charge placed on that song so it's no longer a trigger to highly-charged emotions such as fear, anger, or anxiety.

With Saturn in Sagittarius, we will witness or possible experience restrictions placed on music. We might see xenophobia playing out with music between nations or religions such as bans placed on music from a particular country or religious tradition. We could witness restrictions on getting musicians into foreign countries to tour or perform at festivals (this actually occurred when Pluto was transiting in Sagittarius, especially around the events of 9-11). Saturn has a reputation for restricting and constricting freedom. Sagittarius represents law, religion, higher education, and ideology so we can see where this is playing out.

I recall in the late 1980s during Saturn's last transit in Sagittarius when US Senators' wives form a no censorship group and tried to push music labeling laws. Remember those warning stickers slapped onto pop records? Those women forced their ideology and religious morals on the mass population which was a direct reflection of both Saturn (authority) and Sagittarius (laws, religion, morals). We could see more of this type of behavior along with fundamentalist extremism in regard to musicians and music (as we did in Mali in recent years. I believe that Mali's ruler is Sagittarius too).

So the best route through this is to transcend the fear by using music to lift our vibration and focus upon healing ourselves and the planet. But you must remember that when we shed more light on a situation more darkness emerges to eventually allow the light to dissolve it. This means that the current passage we face represents the darkest hour before dawn. Music, dance sound healing, and spirituality do hold the keys to our healing through compassion and understanding. But this does involve us developing greater consciousness around music expression and vibrations.