Under her Piano

"Music" by Anne Porter from Living Things: Collected Poems. © Steerforth Press, 2006.   When I was a child I once sat sobbing on the floor Beside my mother’s piano As she played and sang For there was in her singing A shy yet solemn glory My smallness could not hold   And when I... Continue Reading →

Humming

A wonderful way to wake up is to hum to yourself before even getting out of bed. Humming is a simple vibrational pattern with profound effects. "Sound vibrations move and alter matter. The purpose of sound has primarily been known as a mode of communication, forewarning, or entertainment, but the true benefits of sound are... Continue Reading →

Christmas Music

Over 30 years ago, when my husband served as an ordained clergyman and we were poor church mice he came home bearing this boxed set of 5 vinyl albums. Christmas Through The Years was the quintessential Reader's Digest compendium of seasonal music. One of his parishioners gifted it to us. I guess they were downsizing... Continue Reading →

Music for Solstice

Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year. Winter Solstice.Peter Togni is a musician and composer and contributor to the CBC. He shares his musical playlist for the Winter Solstice. His picks are: - Symphony N5, 2nd movement by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius - Rainbow Voice by musical pioneer David Hykes - Magnificat by the Estonian composer Arvo... Continue Reading →

Therapeutic Benefits of Drumming

“…the drum has been used since time immemorial as a regular part of healing traditions…” (The Joy of Drumming: Drums and Percussion Instruments from Around the World By Töm Klöwer, Plym Peters, 1997). Emotional and creative expression: develops and encourages expression of all kinds of experience non-verbally; then enhances creative self-expression; develops creativity. Emotional release: helps us... Continue Reading →

Deanna Durbin

Veteran Canadian actress/singer Deanna Durbin died last week at the age of 91. By age 21 she was the most highly paid female star in the world. She was a few years older than my mother. Why is this important to me, you ask? She was born in Winnipeg which means we had a few... Continue Reading →

Sonic Breakfast

What is your sonic caffeine? What sound do you wake up to?* alarm clock? coffee pot gurgling? birdsong? high frequency Bach? harp music? motivating lyrics and tempo for exercise routine? You can design a sonic breakfast for yourself. How do you wake up in the morning? What allows you to feel alive, creative and stimulated to... Continue Reading →

Invocation for Change

This is an intuitive song invoking change. My heart is heavy for the world's largest Christian religion. Even though I am not a Roman Catholic myself, I sense a deep yearning for change from so many whose voices are seemingly never heard. I sing invented words or 'vocables' accompanied by a 22 inch 'Remo' brand... Continue Reading →

How Fragile We Are*

Depression can sometimes feel like you're fighting for your life, perfectly captured by Oren Lavie's lyrics. Sun been down for days A pretty flower in a vase A slipper by the fireplace A cello lying in it's case Soon she's down the stairs Her morning elegance she wears The sound of water makes her dream... Continue Reading →

Hymnody and Theology

I still have enough skill on the piano to at least play hymns. Unless they are in 5 sharps or flats. Forget that. To pass the time in a personal care home I spent an hour playing a lovely Clavinova for my mother. The playing of hymns I hoped would spark some recognition in her memory. Page after... Continue Reading →

Winter Feast for the Soul – Day 2

It is day two of the 40-day meditation practice to which I've committed, Winter Feast for the Soul. Today's scripture was a quote from Psalm 46: 10, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." The whole psalm talks about war and trouble. Psalm 46... Continue Reading →

Good Vibrations

  Today I received this wonderful reading from DailyOM. It perfectly explains my new work. Sound Healing Everything in the universe is in a constant state of vibration, including our bodies. Sound is vibration that can be translated by the delicate structures of our inner ear, but it moves more than just those tiny receptors.... Continue Reading →

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