The Paradoxes of the Harp!

ParadoxI love the sounds that come from the harp and so many people share this same thought! Isn’t it interesting that an instrument of such beauty has three things “attached” to it that aren’t so glamorous:  1) packing it around – it’s heavy and awkward!, 2) tuning so many strings – time consuming and always a moving target with weather and humidity changes, and 3) re-stringing it. Oh well, carry on because even with the “not so fun” things about the harp, it sounds simply heavenly and amazing!

And that leads us to another paradox about this instrument … it is such a gentle, comforting, soothing, nurturing sound and it is also such a powerful healing tool. It is really a mystery how that works, but it happens time and time again at both the hospital and hospice bedsides.

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Check out this positive review on one of our CDs: “The Christmas Story” 

Christmas Story CoverWe have posted this before … and it warms our heart that Daily OM loves this CD, so we decided to post again! Here’s the review they wrote about The Christmas Story CD:

“Harpist Tami Briggs is a sound healer whose angelic, gentle playing bypasses all resistance to touch the root chord of the human soul. She honed her healing skill via personal appearances at hospitals and hospices, bringing her soothing sounds right up to the beds of those most in need. Bringing her knowledge of healing into the recording studio, Briggs makes harp music that’s simple, sweet, and deeply soothing. Embracing a less-is-more strategy, The Christmas Story interprets classic holiday standards into gentle solo-harp pieces, potent enough to hush a room of chatting relatives, relaxing enough to play in a child’s bedroom to help them fall asleep on Christmas Eve. And if you should find yourself alone for the holidays, Briggs becomes an angelic friend, her music a shimmering presence rooting you back to humanity.

Capturing the vibe of a live performance, The Christmas Story offers audio quality sharp enough to give the illusion that Briggs is playing right in the same room as you mull through your presents or nap on the couch in a sea of torn wrapping paper….The CD wraps up with the feeling of belonging to something larger than oneself, as Briggs’ gentle touch with the harp suffused even her frequent impassioned glissandos with warmth. More than just a bunch of carols played on the harp, Briggs skirts in and around the familiar melodies with the finesse of a jazz soloist, albeit one with no agenda of showing off chops, but rather of hitting all the right notes to warm the back of your neck and open your heart. Put on The Christmas Story when you need a gentle reminder of what the holidays are about: peace, love and spiritual regeneration.”

We are honored and humbled by the Daily OM’s lovely words. And if you want to experience it for yourself, The Christmas Story is available as a CD or download. Enjoy!

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A Wonderful Review!

Christmas Story CoverOver the years, Daily OM has supported my harp music a lot. A couple years ago, they wrote a lovely review of “The Christmas Story,” one of my Christmas CDs:

“Harpist Tami Briggs is a sound healer whose angelic, gentle playing bypasses all resistance to touch the root chord of the human soul. She honed her healing skill via personal appearances at hospitals and hospices, bringing her soothing sounds right up to the beds of those most in need. Bringing her knowledge of healing into the recording studio, Briggs makes harp music that’s simple, sweet, and deeply soothing. Embracing a less-is-more strategy, The Christmas Story interprets classic holiday standards into gentle solo-harp pieces, potent enough to hush a room of chatting relatives, relaxing enough to play in a child’s bedroom to help them fall asleep on Christmas Eve. And if you should find yourself alone for the holidays, Briggs becomes an angelic friend, her music a shimmering presence rooting you back to humanity.

Capturing the vibe of a live performance, The Christmas Story offers audio quality sharp enough to give the illusion that Briggs is playing right in the same room as you mull through your presents or nap on the couch in a sea of torn wrapping paper….The CD wraps up with the feeling of belonging to something larger than oneself, as Briggs’ gentle touch with the harp suffused even her frequent impassioned glissandos with warmth. More than just a bunch of carols played on the harp, Briggs skirts in and around the familiar melodies with the finesse of a jazz soloist, albeit one with no agenda of showing off chops, but rather of hitting all the right notes to warm the back of your neck and open your heart. Put on The Christmas Story when you need a gentle reminder of what the holidays are about: peace, love, and spiritual regeneration.”

I am humbled by these beautiful words that they shared with more than 1 million of their customers. The Daily OM “gets” the special grace of this CD and I am deeply grateful for their continued support.

To order the CD, click here. It is also available as a download. Happy Holidays!

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Music for the dying process

Last week, an elderly man from Yankton, SD called and asked, “Are you a harpist and from Nebraska originally?” (Yes to both!) Then he told me a hospice nurse brought my CD My Peace I Give You to play as his wife was dying. Meanwhile, his daughter in Bloomington, IL had a premonition that she needed to get to her mom’s bedside; that the end was close. She arrived at midnight on February 22 and the song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” on the My Peace CD was playing. Her mom’s breathing was labored; she immediately crawled into bed with her to cradle her. As the CD finished the last song, “Abide With Me,” her mom smiled and took her last breath on February 23, 2014.

This elderly gentleman continued, “Today is our anniversary and I really miss my wife. It took me some time to figure out how to contact you because I don’t do computers, but I really want your CD. I think it would help me.”

He was such a dear man … both of us were in tears by the end of our conversation. It took a lot of courage for him to call me. As I prepared his order, I included a surprise – an extra CD called “Love’s Journey” – in honor of his dear wife.

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The Circle of Life

I played the harp yesterday in the hospital where I volunteer. My friend, who does Healing Touch, and I were working together. As we were on the elevator, we spoke with a young man who commented he was going to the second floor where the new babies are. We asked him if he was a new father and he said, “Yes, we had a little girl and this is our third child. I think we are done now!”

My friend and I worked with one woman and then, we were asked to work with a man who was being transferred to a nursing home, going into hospice care. The harp therapy and Healing Touch treatment calmed both the patient and his lovely wife. A sacred time, the whole experience felt very holy.

As my friend finished charting, I put my harp in its case. The young man (who we’d met on the elevator) and his wife with their new baby were strolling past the dying man’s room…the circle of life.

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Featuring “The Christmas Story”

Featuring “The Christmas Story,” this is one of my holiday CDs. Since most Christmas music is recorded in the summer (so the CDs are ready for the holidays), “The Christmas Story” has always been special because it was recorded on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

When the Daily OM wrote a review and shared it with their 1 million customers, I knew they understood the special grace of this solo harp CD.  I am deeply touched and humbled by their beautiful words…

Review by Daily OM:

“Harpist Tami Briggs is a sound healer whose angelic, gentle playing bypasses all resistance to touch the root chord of the human soul. She honed her healing skill via personal appearances at hospitals and hospices, bringing her soothing sounds right up to the beds of those most in need. Bringing her knowledge of healing into the recording studio, Briggs makes harp music that’s simple, sweet, and deeply soothing. Embracing a less-is-more strategy, The Christmas Story interprets classic holiday standards into gentle solo-harp pieces, potent enough to hush a room of chatting relatives, relaxing enough to play in a child’s bedroom to help them fall asleep on Christmas Eve. And if you should find yourself alone for the holidays, Briggs becomes an angelic friend, her music a shimmering presence rooting you back to humanity.

Capturing the vibe of a live performance, The Christmas Story offers audio quality sharp enough to give the illusion that Briggs is playing right in the same room as you mull through your presents or nap on the couch in a sea of torn wrapping paper….The CD wraps up with the feeling of belonging to something larger than oneself, as Briggs’ gentle touch with the harp suffused even her frequent impassioned glissandos with warmth. More than just a bunch of carols played on the harp, Briggs skirts in and around the familiar melodies with the finesse of a jazz soloist, albeit one with no agenda of showing off chops, but rather of hitting all the right notes to warm the back of your neck and open your heart. Put on The Christmas Story when you need a gentle reminder of what the holidays are about: peace, love, and spiritual regeneration.”

To order your copy today, click here.  Or you can download the entire album here.

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Appreciating your continued support

It is a wonderful feeling to “touch” someone with the gift of music. Do you have a favorite shop who carries many different “feel good” products? Does your hospital have a gift shop?

Here’s a partial list of how my music is “out and about”:

I’m deeply appreciative of their continued and on-going support. There’s many, many more … but this gives you an idea! 

I’m passionate about connecting with people who want to spread my work—to help people relax, relieve their stress, heal. Let me know if you have contacts that you think I need to connect with … it would be my pleasure!

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Appreciating your continued support…

It is a wonderful feeling to “touch” someone with the gift of music. Do you have a favorite shop who carries many different “feel good” products? Does your hospital have a gift shop?

Here’s a partial list of how my music is “out and about”:

I’m deeply appreciative of their continued and on-going support. There’s many, many more … but this gives you an idea! 

I’m passionate about connecting with people who want to spread my work—to help people relax, relieve their stress, heal. Let me know if you have contacts that you think I need to connect with … it would be my pleasure!

Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist, Musical Reflections, Healing Harp Music

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