Soothing the 'Savage Breast.....'
Date: 6/2/2006 3:15:19 PM ( 16 y ) ... viewed 1737 times
Music has a power and purpose beyond our understanding...
Playing a musical instrument really does help to balance the hemispheres of the brain nicely!
Some research I was made aware of a -few years ago- stated that it had been determined that guitar and piano players, while they were playing, were stimulating an area of the brain that is connected to the part of the brain that controls immune function.
Drumming has been a passion of mine, (as well as guitar, kalimba, didjeridoo, harmonica and singing bowls) for most of my life. The cross-co-ordination of drumming stimulates the corpus callosum, which also makes balancing the brain's hemispheres more likely. Not to mention the FUN!!
Not long ago, I was at the beach with my daughters, playing my djembe, facing the Pacific Ocean. A heron flew overhead, so close to me that it's feet nearly brushed the top of my head while I was playing!
My teen daughter was standing between the Ocean and me, her mouth wide as the bird flew over. Almost immediately, a sea otter came out of the water and ran between her feet, into the bushes behind me. The heron sat in the Arbutus tree, which I was sitting under, and a bald eagle came by, very close, to join the party.
Maybe they thought the original people had returned, finally, and were coming to welcome them!
Another time, at the same beach, my soulmate brought her accordion and we went way out on the rocks to play, as the tide was farther out than I'd ever seen it and we didn't want to disturb the people sunning on the beach.
Playing my djembe, I kept time for her while she played her accordion. (She was very well trained as a youngster, classically, and it really shows in her playing!) Not too long after we started playing, a heron came over to us, just a few feet away, to fish in the shallows near the rocks we were sitting on. We played for a good 30 minutes straight, and as we took a break the heron flew away. Suddenly, the sounds of applause and joyous screaming reached our ears. Turning around, we saw several groups of people on the beach, standing, yelling and applauding their appreciation toward us. It was very moving for us, almost as moving as telling the tale!
When our 'break' was done, we began playing again.
....The heron returned.
Life is so wonderful that the only way I can express my
gratitude is by playing music.
Words can only touch the surface of my LOVE of ALL!!
"Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."
-William Congreve, 1670-1729
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