A memoir by Robin Russell Gaiser
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Gordon stayed nearby during my TEDx Talk at UNCA Sat. 3/3/18. I am exhausted but exhilarated. Grateful to have this amazing platform to share my passion......."Good Vibrations: Less Drugs, More Music."
When my Talk is posted I'll publish a link
This Dakota Indian tune is titled "Lone Wild Bird" and alludes in its lyrics to the Great Spirit coming to rest in us. I played this tune for a patient out on his lofty deck looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains.
As soon as the music began a large hawk flew near us, winging back and forth as if to give us a message. I believe my patient and I knew what the message was without saying it out loud. The hawk was comforting us with his freedom to fly high in the wind drafts, telling us that death was similar to flying in the heavens, the winds. There was no need to fear..
My patient died in peace just a week later.
I gave this tiny, delicate music box to my daughter, Carrie, a young ballerina at the time, since it plays music from "Swan Lake." I love the visible mechanism and the hand turning device creating nearly perfect pitches of the beautiful music. By the way, Carrie went on to become a professional ballerina! Perhaps the music box encouraged her........
What music do you recall from your childhood? Did you listen to it or perform it?
What is your favorite guitar playing style? Your favorite player?
An astute reader of Musical Morphine has informed me that an incorrect statement was made in my Introduction to the book. With her kind assistance I have revised information to replace this oversight. Music for Healing and Transition, (MHTP), the training organization for therapeutic musicians from which I received my credentials, is NOT the only organization of its type to offer board-standards certification. In fact, as of 2017 there are three accredited programs besides MHTP: International Harp Therapy Program, Clinical Musician Certification Course, and Bedside Harp.
It is imperative that all of these programs work together to support each other in the training for and delivery of live therapeutic music. I apologize for this error in my manuscript. Upcoming book presentations, subsequent printings,my March 3, 2018 TEDxTalk, as well as all social media expression will make every effort to correct this error.
I hope you are pickin' on a big juicy turkey next Thursday on Thanksgiving. Speaking of pickin,' my favorite style of playing guitar is finger picking.
I think my classical training led me to playing arpeggios, broken chords, so often heard in that style of music.
Do you listen to classical music? Can you hear folk music styles in it? I am thinking of folk tunes, dance tunes, hymns, gospels, I often hear embedded in its rich orchestral arrangements.
The bowed psaltery creates a high, haunting sound. I was surprised that one of my Hospice patients requested I play it for him over a long afternoon session. Often the psaltery's timbre is too neurologically stimulating for very ill or anxious patients. It can be too much for well persons!
How did today's audio clip of my bowed psaltery affect you?
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