There Needs To Be More Music.
This is my call to action, this is my Intention.
For healing and growing and supporting the whole
For Peace, For Change, For One and ALL
“There Needs to Be More Music” is the phrase that came to me during a coaching session last year. For the past year and a half, I have been consciously moving through big life changes (divorce, change in home and job, a growing child to raise) and weekly coaching sessions have kept my creativity alive and helped me to hold a vision of Joy and Connection in my self, family and community. As my coaching sessions cleared jumbled up doubts, fears, traumas and grief, I began to see a clear vision for my work and for my life. And now, when I think about what the world needs, what I need, what the people I serve need……it is clear, There Needs To Be More Music!
Music has the ability to heal and to help us fully FEEL, which is what we need to do in order to develop fulfilling and sustainable lives with ourselves and in relationship with others. Music connects us to another person, to a memory, to parts of our brain that we can’t access any other way. Music provides a language, where words are not needed and boundaries like race, gender, class and age don’t exist. There Needs To Be More Music!
The great news is, There Is! There always has been and always will be Music, and through this column ‘Notes Within’ I would like to share with you ways that you can bring more music into your lives and the lives around you.
As a music therapist, I use music to help people grow and develop. I have an amazing job where I get to play music all day, with a variety of people, and I get to see how, instantaneously, their Being changes. Maybe it’s from a child with CP, who struggles with keeping her head upright to look at the teacher in class, and at times can look exhausted from trying to synchronize her muscles and mind to communicate. But when she hears the sound of the guitar, she sits up straight, lifts her head, smiles and vocalizes. Maybe it’s when a teenager who is trying to cope with the loss of a parent, is able to express their emotions and find closure and hope by writing a song. Or when a group of adults, who are battling some of life’s darkest nights, gather together to drum and after only a few minutes of rhythm, begin to relax and shift into a new space of possibility. These are just a few examples of what I see every day.
On the personal side, music has healed me and inspired me and continues to unfold for me in a way that is surprising and pretty much EPIC!!! I can’t wait to share some of my personal stories as I keep finding my voice and learn more and more how to harmonize with this thing called Life.
The power of music is amazing and it can transform so many people, either systematically through music therapy, or daily through a practice of music and mindfulness. This column will not only inspire you with stories of music therapy, but will also encourage you to bring music into your own life, in order to FEEL more, to CONNECT more, and to CREATE a vibrant community.
There Needs To Be More Music, and I think that Owl Creek Gazette is a great platform to share this intention. If you are an Owl Creek Gazette podcast listener, you can hear a great dialogue with me and Jan and Don about music therapy and the many benefits and resources it provides. I am beyond excited to share more through these monthly columns! And of course,there is the new HomeGrown Music section which features some of the area’s finest musicians and music opportunities. I think this year really will be a Hoot, and that More Music will be found in our local communities, and right at home.
I would love to hear from you, the readers. What does music mean to you, and are you looking for ways to bring more of it into your life? Send me an email @ email@example.com to ask me a question or share a story and I will make sure to weave into my Notes From Within.
I would like to end every column with a call to action. This is the aspect of ‘coaching’ that brings about great change and momentum for creation. Until next time, I encourage each of you to do something musical. Make a new playlist that goes along with your New Year’s resolution. Sing in the Choir at church or while you are doing the dishes. Find some live music in your area and have a night out with friends or family. Learn that song you have been wanting to play. There Needs to Be More Music, I hope you will join me in this call to action, in this intention. For healing and growing and supporting the whole. For Peace, For Change, For One and ALL.