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The History of “Taps”

An American Prayer CoverDo you know why “Taps” is played at military funerals? (If you don’t know, I didn’t either and saw this on Facebook, found it interesting and decided to share it.)

During the Civil War in 1862, Union Army Captain Robert Elli was with his men in Virginia near Harrison’s Landing. The Confederate Army was just on the other side of a narrow strip of land.

In the night, Captain Elli heard a solider moaning who laid severely wounded in the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his camp.

When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the soldier’s face; it was his own son. (The son had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy had enlisted in the Confederate Army.)

Even though the son was of enemy status, the next morning, the heartbroken father asked his superiors’ permission to give his son a full military burial, including a group of Army band members to play a funeral dirge. The request was rejected since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they agreed to give him only one musician – a buglar. The father asked the buglar to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in his dead son’s uniform pocket. This wish was granted.

The haunting melody of “Taps” was born. The words from the son’s pocket:

Verse 1 – Day is done. Gone the sun. From the lakes. From the hills. From the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh.

Verse 2 – Fading light. Dims the sight. And a star. Gems the sky. Gleaming bright. From afar. Drawing nigh. Falls the night.

Verse 3 – Thanks and praise. For our days. Neath the sun. Neath the stars. Neath the sky. As we go. This we know. God is nigh.

This song is the finale on the “An American Prayer” album. While it is not played with a bugle, the harp version is really unique! If this song touches something deep within you, you can download this beautiful, haunting song.

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New Product – the BioAcoustic Mat

BioAcoustic MatSound healing is a hot topic and Richway International (the BioMat’s parent company) just introduced a sound healing product!

The BioAcoustic Mat is vibroacoustic therapy using a combination of vibrations and music to help improve your overall well-being and health. If you already own a BioMat, you place your mat on top of the BioAcoustic Mat to use the two products together. Or you may enjoy the BioAcoustic Mat as a separate product (without the BioMat).

This unique music therapy device uses transducers and speakers that are located throughout the mat. The speakers produce vibrations that go directly into areas of the body to reduce pain and ease any symptoms. This can feel like a deep cellular, whole body massage. Specific benefits of vibroacoustic therapy have been proved by research:

  • Relaxation occurs.
  • It can help manage pain and provide relief from pain.
  • Patients using vibroacoustic therapy have also kept muscles stimulated, as well as increased their range of motion.

The BioAcoustic Mat comes in two sizes:

  • Professional (fits on a massage table) – $1,650, free shipping and no sales tax
  • Single (fits on a twin bed) – $2,200, free shipping and no sales tax

Testimonial:

“Using the BioAcoustic Mat with the BioMat is a complete state of bliss!!”

If you are interested in trying this product for renewal, relaxation or rejuvenation, contact me at 952-829-1919.

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Live Concert Music!

Celine DionIt was many years ago when I last attended a live music concert. And for my “big” birthday this past summer, my sister gave me a ticket for the Celine Dion concert in Minneapolis on November 1st.

To say I loved it is a huge under-statement!! It was AMAZING! She was a dynamo who has an incredible singing voice and is so physically fit. Everything – from the lights to the décor to her costume changes to her fabulous band – was perfect and so well done.

This concert was her introduction to her newest album called “Courage.” It’s an anthem to all that she’s been through in the past – the loss of her husband and brother within a short period of time. She sang a couple songs from this new album and while those weren’t my favorites, it is hard to say what was my favorite. In other words, each song just kept getting better and better!

The next morning, I jumped on-line to read the reviews. I’m happy to report others liked her concert as much as I did! I can’t wait until she returns to the Twin Cities … and yes, I’ll be a definite to attend!!

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Announcing Therapeutic Harp Lessons

Licensing MusicAfter being asked repeatedly to share my “secrets” to playing the harp therapeutically, I have created a new eight-week offering! In these experiential lessons, we explore different practical tips and demonstrate musical techniques that are effective at the hospital and hospice bedside. The agenda is individually customized for each harpist’s needs and will include:

  • Week 1 – The energy of the harp (as it relates to harp therapy)
  • Week 2 – the energy of the harpist (physical/body mechanics)
  • Week 3 – the energy of the harpist (emotional)
  • Week 4 – the energy of the harpist (mental)
  • Week 5 – the energy of the harpist (spiritual)
  • Week 6 – the energy of harp therapy 1
  • Week 7 – the energy of harp therapy 2
  • Week 8 – the energy of the harp therapy mission

From these engaging lessons, you will expand your therapeutic musicality and be more prepared to study in a certified harp therapy program and/or offer harp therapy services.

These therapeutic harp lessons are offered in person (Minneapolis/St. Paul area) or via Skype or Zoom. Each lesson is one hour; practice time (on your own) is 3-4 hours per week (minimum) to re-wire your playing patterns. Fees for eight lessons is $400 (if paid weekly). There is a $50 discount if paid up-front (total is $350). For payment arrangements, contact Tami. I look forward to working with you at this special time in your journey!

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Announcing my newest endeavor!

HealI am excited to share my newest endeavor with you – www.YourHealingHappens.com.

As a newly certified Inner Alignment coach with a specialty in trauma and grief, I provide a unique coaching experience to help facilitate your healing journey. Working with all six layers of the body (physical, emotional, mental, energetic, awareness and bliss bodies), clients transform from being stressed and overwhelmed to feeling empowered, balanced and focused. Further, this healing program is designed to facilitate clients expanding and expressing their true essence, awakening to their life purpose and manifesting their heart’s desires. What you “work” on (your life purpose or work, abundance, relationships, health, etc.) is determined by you! It is an eight-week power-packed healing process. Client objectives are customized for each individual and are not limited to, but may include:

  • “Break up” stuck patterns of trauma, grief and pain.
  • Open up possibilities for healing.
  • Help bring you into balance and inner alignment.
  • Release emotional pain from yester-year.
  • Expand your consciousness and increase your ability to hold more light.
  • Attract a better future.

You experience the 1-2 hour weekly sessions from the comfort of your home or office – on the phone or via Zoom (videoconferencing). Text and email support is available throughout the eight weeks of the program. The program includes videos, audios, workbooks and PowerPoints, and begins as soon as payment is received.

Previous clients have said…

  • I am manifesting my life dreams!
  • I’m calmer and not as stressed.
  • I trust my inner knowing.
  • I am more compassionate with myself and others.
  • I am more grounded, balanced and focused … and I’m clearer about my priorities.
  • I feel more in control of my life and I’m taking better care of myself.

If this program resonates with you, I would be honored to facilitate the Inner Alignment process as part of your healing journey. For a limited time, I am accepting scholarships to the Inner Alignment program. Contact me for the application form or for additional information. Click here for my new website and my profile. I look forward to working together!

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NEW “Sounds of Healing” On-Line Course

Sounds of HealingI am excited to announce a new on-line course called “Sounds of Healing for Wellness Professionals.” Here’s the link if you’d like more information:  https://courses.centerwithin.com/p/sounds-of-healing-for-wellness-professionals.

It is approved for two continuing education units (CEUs). It was a fun project to create and my hope is many people will sign up for it and benefit!

Please let me know if you have questions or need additional information … enjoy “Sounds of Healing.”

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Happy New Year from Musical Reflections!

Happy New YearHappy New Year!

There’s been a lot of hype about 2020. And perhaps for good reason! I was recently listening to a healer and she mentioned the number “2” is about creativity. The year 2020 is powerful because it is a double “2”! Further, the “0” is open space and also a circle, with no beginning or ending. And of course, 2020 is a double “0,” as well. What will be your creative activity for the New Year?

Besides the actual numbers, we are also aware that humanity is taking on and holding much more light in our bodies than ever before in our existence. How exciting is that?! We are ramping up to really do what we came here to do. Again, isn’t that amazing?! What a time we are living in!

So, all of this points us to 2020 is going to be an exciting and interesting year ahead. Stay tuned and hang on for the wild ride!

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Happy Holidays from Musical Reflections

Happy HolidaysAfter all of the hurrying and busy-ness during the month of December, it always feels good to breathe and actually enjoy the season’s sacredness, doesn’t it?! We look forward to this special, peaceful time every year.

From Musical Reflections, may your holidays be peaceful, joy-filled with moments of deep connection.

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Time to finish holiday shopping!

Christmas DeliveryMusical Reflections can assist you with your holiday shopping. We have several “stocking stuffer” gifts for those on your list:

Please let us know if we can assist you … we look forward to connecting!

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Back by Popular Demand – “The Gift of Christmas Peace” Video

VideoEvery year, many of you request viewing the video “The Gift of Christmas Peace” to bring you peace and serenity as you move into the busy month of December. It features a beautiful song (Pachelbel’s Canon/The First Noel), an uplifting written holiday message and tranquil winter scenes. Please share with your family and friends! (It is easily available at this link or click here if you prefer to watch it on YouTube.)

Our hope is it brings you the gift of Christmas peace for the upcoming month … enjoy!

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