Open Your Ears, Listen
SACRED SONG SERIES | JULY
Collaborative contemporary chant project designed to promote healing through music and mantra.
Music is a common denominator in most of my relationships, but especially in my work as a music therapist with children who have special needs. Music bridges the gap between typical communication, social norms, and sensory/behavioral needs. I am grateful to witness the power of music daily and how it connects us to one another. Open your Ears is a chant inspired by my students and the teachings they offer.
I work with a little girl who has limited vision and verbal communication. She also has impeccable sense of rhythm and pitch. One day during session, I tried to redirect her away from the drums she was currently playing to sit and participate in a highly structured intervention. Aware of my agenda, I paused for a moment to observe her with a smile on her face, playing a complicated rhythm on the djembe, embodying joy. In that moment I was reminded of something my yoga teacher said about listening to the breath during asana practice. Information gleaned from the breath is reflected in how we are able to maintain a smooth steady cadence. Listening to the breath is a practice that extends into personal relationships to offer deeper understanding, awareness and overall connection.
Often I find my brain wanting to control situations, which can interrupt magic in the making. Music, like the breath, offers the brain a tool to live in the moment as it makes sense of each note sequentially. I attribute yoga for opening my ears to be more present simply by listening without the need to craft a response or answer.
Open your ears. Listen to what your students, teachers, co-workers, parents, lovers, or friends have to communicate you and you will open yourself to love.
~ F E A T U R I N G ~
Veronica May (guitar) Michelle Lazar (flute)
Sita Rose (harmonium) Marielle Joy Sheppel (percussion)
Michelle Tobias (ukulele) Emma Byrd (djembe)
Video produced by Jordan Guzzardo ~