TUNING THE SOUL
MUSIC IS EXPERIENCED MORE THAN IT IS HEARD
When I was 12 years old, I was stuttering. I had made it this far without knowing exactly how to let anyone know about the defilement and abuse I was subjected to almost daily. Drawing, carving, collecting stamps and birds pictures, writing poetry, dancing in a folklore troupe wasn't doing it. At that time, my brother showed me where to place my fingers on the piano keys to play Let it Be from the Beatles. It was a life-changing experience. The sound of the piano, responding to my own playing, awakened a deep response within and from that day on, music became almost a primary language. I would rely on it for the rest of my life to provide expression to the deepest places of my human experience, where words don't have much of an ability (or purpose) to clearly describe, define, or "process" emotions.
Something happens when we pause and "drink in" the present moment: listening to the ambient noises of the house, the cat purring, the children sleeping, or at the office, on the street, the mall, bus or airport, nature, etc. Listening to music with the same intent can lead to such an experience of the present moment, and rejuvenate us in the process just by enlarging our awareness of place, time and space, of the experience of being alive - in the now.
So I invite you to turn this album on and let the instrumental music take you somewhere uniquely yours, with your own emotions and your own thoughts. Well-being, healing and renewal often happen when we let go of inner tension and let the voice of the Spirit of God reach us for a moment, as we stand unguarded and vulnerable... May this music provide such a place of encounter for you.