is for music
I love this quote by Berthold Auerbach:
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Isn’t that a beautiful way to think about self-care as well? And music is definitely one of those handy items in a well-stocked self-care toolkit.
Music can provide be nourishing on all kinds of levels, whether it encourages you into frenzied dancing that releases energy or quiets you into stillness, or any myriad of things between.
I have pretty eclectic tastes in music, but today I wanted to mention a few things I love that nurture and nourish me that you may not know about.
- A couple months ago I stumbled upon Auset/Amy Rohn of Awaken2Light. One of her offerings is what she calls a Soul Song, a harp composition she creates based on your name and tapping into your energy. You can read more about it here, but here’s a minute-long SoulSong_clip so you can get a taste.
- Kim Loftis is another musician, among other things, doing Spirit-based work. She creates what she calls Prayersongs and can create a custom song for you. There’s more info here, but I’ve also created a minute-long clip so you can hear a sample of my Prayersong_My Shining Star_clip as well.
- I thought it would be fun to offer one other example of music on rotation here in my world. I had no idea what to pick so I simply closed my eyes and made a random choice. And what came up was Chloe Goodchild’s Fierce Wisdom album. She has three songs on this album that are based on Coleman Bark’s translations of Rumi poems. You can listen to clips of all the songs on the CD Baby website.
Here’s a photo, albeit less than wonderful, of a Brian Andreas piece I have hanging in my studio with a quote that seem appropriate for today.
“She seemed to move everywhere dancing and music followed her like leaves on the wind.”
And finally, because it’s Tuesday and that means the Artysville Glue It Tuesday salon is welcoming sticky fingers and their friends to come visit, here’s my offering. I had an amazing dream last night where everyone got a chance to choose what object they wanted to use for transportation. Wow – there were some pretty creative choices, and I certainly feel like I have fodder for months of thought! But it reminded me of a vintage postcard I had in my stash, and it, too, felt like the perfect choice for today. So I included it on a journal page.
Now what about you… What role does music play in your self-care? Is there a song or album or artist that is a must for you? And if you had to use something music-related as your mode of transportation, what would it be? Do tell – you know I love to hear.