Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem and the story behind the poem remind me that as music practitioners we sing/play across “lines, into “countries” since music, no matter what culture, “travels toward us from far away to deepen our day.” And we are invited to be “brave” when we do so.
"CROSS THAT LINE" by Naomi Shihab Nye
Last stanza from "CROSS THAT LINE" by Naomi Shihab Nye, as heard on “On Being” with Krista Tippett 7/31/16
Thank you to so many who have sent me this article and video (below) about the “Threshold Choir.” These volunteer, amateur singers offer their own music at the bedsides of folks who are “actively dying.”
The idea began in CA and now has many offspring in several cities. I am thinking one in Asheville would be welcome.
More docs need to prescribe or at least understand the value of music for patients! For everyone!
I recall when my Lake Lullaby CD was released, a friend was suffering with high blood pressure that was difficult to control.
Every day he was told to rest after lunch and began to play “Lake Lullaby” as his napping music. (Funny, the subtitle of the CD is “good music for napping.”) His wife was taking his blood pressure intermittently and noticed how her husband’s blood pressure was at its best when this music was playing.
My cousin’s granddaughter screamed when she had to ride in the car. “Lake Lullaby” over the car stereo calmed the poor little one and made everyone’s car ride more pleasant!
Read article by AJ Block at The Didge Project
According to a recent article in Smithsonian Magazine, "The brains of people who get chills when the right song comes on are wired differently than others."
Many different genres of music cause me chills……..Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze;” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu;” Handel’s “Xerxes;” and then “Whiter Shade of Pale,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Hotel California.” Add some Christmas music like “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and “Wexford Carol.” And I haven’t even begun with the old timey music and gospel and hymns.
What music gives you chills?
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