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MUSIC IS SIMPLY ORGANIZED VIBRATIONS

Our Own Vibrations (brain waves, heartbeat, breath) Get In Sync With Music.

Everything in existence – atoms, molecules, cells, the entire universe – and, yes, music – is in a state of continuous vibration. Everything vibrates at a particular frequency. We have the power to manipulate and control energy through the vibrations of music. With music, rhythm, pulse, melody, pitch, harmony and different instruments all contribute to this universal energy. If you want to relax and slow down, listen or play slower harmonic music. If you need a little more energy, brighter, happier music will help to speed up your metabolism.

Music Sets the Mood in Movies or Television Shows.

The next time you watch a movie or television show, pay close attention to the music playing in the background. The choice of music is very deliberate, designed to evoke a certain mood or emotion. I often have someone come up to me after I play a certain piece and ask what movie it was from. The music brings back memories of the movie; they’re woven together in the person’s mind.

Choose Music That Matches The State of Being You Desire.

Would you like more energy; do you want to relax, to meditate, to learn something new, to get in touch with nature? Often the music you enjoy and choose is subconsciously what you need anyway!

Suggestions for Choosing Your Music

*For Energy and to Clear Your Head – 125-130 beats per minute
Louder music with a quick beat and higher pitch helps to rev up your brain and metabolism – getting you in sync with the music.

*For Learning, Concentration and Motivation – 115-120 beats per minute
Listen to music that is moderate in tempo, dynamics and pitch, and has no lyrics. Great for studying and focusing.

   *For Relaxation – 60-80 beats per minute
Slow-tempo, soothing, mellow music entices you to slow down. Perfect for getting to sleep, getting ready to meditate, unwinding.

If you’re in the mood to relax, listen to some soothing harp music. www.amazon.com/dp/B00005V6EI

 

EVERYTHING IS VIBRATION – INCLUDING MUSIC

All About Vibration

The definition of “vibrate” is to move backward and forward, to oscillate, to shake, to quiver. Everything is in a constant state of vibration, from the tiny electron to the vast universe. To understand the concept of vibration, hold one arm straight out in front of you, completely still. You may not notice the movement of that arm, but under a microscope you would see that the electrons that make up the arm are moving (vibrating) at the rate of approximately 186,300 miles per second. By shaking your arm you increase the frequency (speed) of the vibration.

Your Thoughts Are Also Vibrations.

When you have certain beliefs and thoughts, your brain sends off electromagnetic waves. Your body soon is resonating to the same vibrations. Some people have rigid auras (fields of energy) and don’t exchange energy freely. Those who have energy fields that are more resonant and harmonious find it easier to interact with others. This is why you are attracted to some people and not others.

The Vibration of Music Has a Profound Effect on Your State of Being.

Music produces a wide range of frequencies from low to high. The timbre and tonal quality vary widely, depending upon the instrument. The pulse or rhythm can vary from extremely slow to very fast. All this has an extreme effect on your aura or state of being.

Your Choice of Thoughts, Companions and Music Affect Your Well Being.

Trust your intuition if you are getting bad vibes from certain music or individuals (or groups). Simply change what you’re listening to or performing. Avoid people who seem to disturb your aura or energy, and choose those you feel in harmony with. There are times when you can’t control either the music or your companions. For those times simply breathe deeply and imagine a protective aura surrounding you.

Try absorbing some good vibrations as you listen to classical harp music.   http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/heavenlyharp8

 

 

MUSIC FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE OR FUNERAL

Suggestions for Funeral/Memorial Music

If you don’t have a clue how to choose music for a funeral or memorial, check out this list of songs.

Religious
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria
How Great Thou Art
On Eagles’ Wings
In the Garden
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Hymn of the Universe
It Is Well With My Soul
Today
Classical
Reverie – Debussy
Clair de Lune – Debussy
New World Symphony (Going Home) – Dvorak
18th Variation – Rachmaninoff
Popular and Folk
Angels Among Us
The Rose
Memory
Over The Rainbow
Wind Beneath My Wings
What a Wonderful World
Danny Boy
Greensleeves
You’ll Never Walk Alone

Family members may know one or two favorites of the deceased, and have a few requests of their own. The memorial service is a beautiful closure for family and friends. The shared memories will bring up sadness along with happy times.

To hear samples of these songs and many more ideas, go to www.heavenlyharpist.com/harp-cd.htm. Click on any CD and any song to listen.

WHY NOT HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY/PRE-FUNERAL?

80-yr. Old Throws  Celebration: Birthday/FUNeral

A fascinating woman recently turned 80. The unconventional lady, Joan, decided she wanted to participate in her funeral so she threw this party.  I played at Joan’s last wedding, and I’ve played my harp for many unusual events but this FUNeral was a first. The event was thought-provoking, spiritual, fun, and beautiful.

FUNeral Agenda

The 80th Birthday/FUNeral consisted of a somewhat traditional funeral or memorial ritual. The unusual part of the service included Joan being helped by her sons into a wooden casket with luscious purple pillows. I played on my harp while everyone sang a hymn and various people gave testimonies during the service.
After the service, the celebration began. There was music and Hula dancing, led by the “Fountain of Ukes,” delicious food, conversation and connecting with old friends.

Suggestions for Funeral/Memorial Music

If you don’t have a clue how to choose music for a funeral or memorial, check out this list of songs.

Religious
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria
How Great Thou Art
On Eagles’ Wings
In the Garden
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Hymn of the Universe
It Is Well With My Soul
Today
Classical
Reverie – Debussy
Clair de Lune – Debussy
New World Symphony (Going Home) – Dvorak
18th Variation – Rachmaninoff
Popular and Folk
Angels Among Us
The Rose
Memory
Over The Rainbow
Wind Beneath My Wings
What a Wonderful World
Danny Boy
Greensleeves
You’ll Never Walk Alone

To hear samples of these songs and many more ideas, go towww.heavenlyharpist.com/harp-cd.htm. Click on any CD and any song to listen.

WHY DOES MUSIC PUT YOUR BABY TO SLEEP?

Lullabies Establish a Soothing Connection With the outside World.

A baby’s first awareness of the world is huge and frightening. The swaying rhythm of a lullaby is close to the infant’s own heartbeat, and the quiet harmony is a relief from the rest of the world. A simple, repeating melody is a source of comfort.

There’s an ancient part of the brain in the limbic system which is responsible for the emotional responses to music. When the emotional part of the brain is stimulated by music, this decreases the arousal level, which decreases pain levels.

Child Care Worker Used Harp Music to Get Children to Sleep.

Carol McKenna of San Rafael, California, cared for dozens of foster children over her lifetime. She used two of my harp CDs, Healing from the Harp and Soothing Lullabies from the Harp, to calm the children for naps and bedtime. The children learned to associate sleep time with the music, and it made getting to sleep easier. Occasionally, if Carol forgot to play the music, the children would ask her to play it to get them to sleep.

Relaxing Music Calms the Nervous System, Slows Breathing and Heart Rate.

Playing soft background music or singing a lullaby before bed or during naps makes falling asleep easier and quicker. It also improves sleep duration and the quality of sleep.

Music is everywhere. It is felt in bird song, rain drops, harp strings, and drum beats. Music is a gift which we can share and enjoy. Helping babies sleep better is a beautiful way to take advantage of the gift of music.

Listen to samples of soothing harp music. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005V6EI

 

MUSIC AND SMELL TRIGGER VIVID MEMORIES

Your Memory of Music Creates Network of Memories

When you hear music, it’s not stored separately, but with all other aspects of the situation that you perceived. The smells and sights of the place, your mood, the people you were with, what you were doing, are all stored together and connected with the music, often in detail. Do you have some favorite songs that bring up memories of certain friends or family members? When you hear one of those songs, you may find yourself back in another time and place, remembering a certain party, encounter, or even what you did after the party. The music may bring back the entire scene and mood, and maybe even the reason for the mood.

Smells Trigger Emotional and Nostalgic Memories

Scent brings up memories faster than about anything else. Smells stimulate nerve impulses which travel to a part of the brain called the olfactory system. The olfactory system sends the information to the limbic system, then we become aware of the emotions connected to the smell. The limbic system interacts with the emotion and memory centers in the brain, but not with more developed regions. That is why memories sparked by aroma bring up feelings of pain, pleasure, affection, anger, etc., rather than details.

Music and Smell Are The Two Strongest Memory Triggers

Music travels from the auditory system to the brain, activating both left and right sides of the brain. Music heard at a certain dinner party can bring back memories of people’s faces, the taste of the food, the environment, the conversation. Add to this the smell of certain food, perfume, scent of a flower, etc., which will bring back a  certain mood. No wonder we love to eat out or gather for a meal while listening to music!

Listen to some timeless classical music from the harp. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/heavenlyharp8

 

MUSIC, THE SPIRITUAL VITAMIN

Getting Closer To Your Spirituality
The most direct way to get in touch with your spirituality is through music. Artists often picture angels playing on harps, and music is called “the celestial art.” Beautiful, soothing, healing music can appeal to the soul. This “soul music” is sometimes referred to as the music of the angels and can connect you to cosmic consciousness or perhaps spiritual perfection.

Music Helps You Feel At One With the Creator
Certain music can give you an inner thrill. You feel at one with the Creator, inspired and illuminated. When you discover music that helps you get to this state, listen to it over and over. Playing soulful music quietly as you go to sleep will enhance your dreams with solutions, divine direction and ideas. Your creative mind is busy while you’re sleeping, and music can truly be like a spiritual vitamin. Some examples of spiritual music from the harp, Hymns for Healing, are available at www.amazon.com/dp/B0006H5M6Y

 

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY & IRISH MUSIC

Who Was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick, known as the “Apostle of Ireland,” was an Irish patron saint, who actually started out in a pagan religion.  At some point in his life he was captured in Wales, Scotland, then taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped, became a Christian, and went back to Ireland for mission work.
St. Patrick used the green three-leafed shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. The wearing of the green and the shamrock are still a tradition for this Irish celebration.

Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

In America, St. Patrick’s Day was first organized by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston in 1737.  It started as a feast and religious service, then later evolved into the festivities and parades that we know today. Many events feature Irish food, especially corned beef.

Ireland is One of the Most Musical Countries in the World

In Ireland you can’t walk three blocks anywhere without hearing music. St. Patrick’s Day has become an annual celebration of Irish culture. When it comes to music, nothing outside the legacy of black Americans matches the legacy of the Irish.  We love to hear Danny Boy any time of year.

Why Do We Pinch Those Who Don’t Wear Green?

It has nothing to do with Ireland, and Irish people think Americans are crazy for the pinching and the heavy celebrating. Some say it started in Boston in the early 1700’s. They believed that wearing green made you invisible to the Leprechauns, who pinched anyone they could see. The pinching reminds you to watch out for the Leprechauns. Some other speculations: Pinching gives you a bruise so you can have some green on you. You get pinched as a reminder to wear green. Do you have an idea why we pinch those who don’t wear green?

Have Fun on St. Patrick’s Day.

No matter what the reason for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, have fun and sing!

 

 

MUSIC CAN CHANGE YOUR MOOD IN A SECOND

How Music Travels to Your Brain

  1. First, the sound waves travel through the air.
  2. Next, the outer ear collects the sounds.
  3. Then the middle ear sends the sound waves to the inner ear, where they cause the eardrums, small hairs and bones to vibrate.
  4. This creates nerve signals that the brain understands. The brain changes this energy into electrical energy and sends the impulse to the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that controls thought, perception and memory.
  5. From there the cerebral cortex sends the impulses to the response centers of the brain that control emotion, anxiety, pleasure, arousal and creativity.
  6. Next in line is the hypothalamus, a tiny area deep in the brain that controls many autonomic functions, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, body temperature, and the nerves to the skin and stomach.
  7. Finally, your cortisol, the stress hormone, drops and your DHEA and dopamine (romantic and happy chemicals) go up. The pheromones (sex hormones) kick in.

All of this happens in less than a second, just because you chose to put on some music that you enjoy. Learn more about the power of music with my book, Music, Healing and Harmony. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0961551305

 

 

7 WAYS TO HELP YOU SLEEP

USUAL AND UNUSUAL WAYS TO BETTER SLEEP

1. Make a worry list. Put the list in an imaginary balloon and release it. (Don’t worry, you can get it back in the morning if you still want it!)

2. Curl your toes up then relax them.

3. Establish a ritual, so your brain and body knows it’s time to sleep. It might be washing your face, brushing your teeth, 5-10 minutes of yoga or other stretching, listening to your favorite relaxing music. A good example of relaxing music is  Serenity from the Harp. You can also find this CD at amazon.com.  www.amazon.com/dp/B000FL87N6

4. Avoid alcohol or caffeine for several hours before bedtime – 3 hours for alcohol and up to 12 hours for caffeine.

5.  Choose a regular waking time and bed time. Even on the weekends, try to keep the routine at least approximately the same.

6.  Roll your eyes upward for a few seconds, then relax them.

7. Do some slow deep breaths. Count as you inhale and exhale – any number you choose.

Do you have some tips for sleeping better? Please let me know.