Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Interview of Helene Grimaud Worth Watching

I found an interview with French Pianist Helene Grimaud where she discusses the nuances of classical music and musical training. She also discusses a connection to nature and wolves in particular. All music lovers and music therapists benefit from watching this video (in English).




Friday, September 16, 2016

The Practice--Ground Yourself with Nature Sounds

On the day of the Pisces Lunar Eclipse, I had a sudden urge to listen to recordings of bird songs. Although I live in Bellingham, a city known for its natural surroundings, I live in a residential neighborhood with little nature and a lot of concrete. So until I can take a walk in one of the parks, listening to nightingale songs suffices.

This brings up the concept of starting one's day with nature recordings. You can find just about every nature call on YouTube from birdsongs to wolf calls, to whales and dolphins galavanting under water. I also enjoy ocean waves and other water sound recordings. We are, after all, connected to nature. We regain balance when we immerse ourselves in these sounds even if we live on the 14th floor of a tall building. 

So here are a handful of recordings I found on YouTube to get you started:

Nightingale Songs


Whale Songs


 

Dolphin Songs



Wolves



Ocean Waves


Happy exploration of nature sounds. 



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Healing Neuropathways with Music

I have suffered from post trauma. And in the past year, I have undergone therapy to create new neuropathways in my limbic brain. And I wondered how music could help in this regard. So I'm currently rounding up articles on this topic, starting with this article by the late Oliver Sacks.


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
Sway
Smile
Ma Vie en Rose
gypsy jazz (genre)
Oye Como Va

Classical

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.