Freedom Quote

FreedomWe have come across a plethora of quotes and love sharing them because they make us think and definitely inspire. This time, we want to share what Marilyn Ferguson said, “Ultimately, we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.”

Is this timely right now or what?!! Is U.S. politics based on fear or freedom? Does it make a difference who is the “leader” at the helm?

We are also aware that if you feel fear, music (especially the harp!!) can help you go to that scary place to feel it and release it, moving into freedom. Here’s to your freedom…!

Share

Leave or read comments


Silence vs. Music

SilenceWhen do you listen to music? When do you prefer silence? Aldous Huxley said, “After silence, which is the most incomprehensible, comes music.” It seems we are not very comfortable with silence so we often play music to “fill the void” of silence.

It’s important to remember that music is vibration. So as you have music on to “break the silence,” is it a high vibration sound? (This helps raise your vibe and that’s important in these “wonky” challenging times.) And a reminder:  play music with intention and sometimes, silence is a gift!

Share

Leave or read comments


Another Thought-Provoking Quote

QuotesFor the past few weeks (off and on), we have focused on quotes. It was Jerry Garcia who said, “What’s the music that only you can play?”

So … what do you think about yourself and your life as you reflect on this quote? Even if you aren’t a musician, do you have a creative outlet that only you can do? What is it?

Amidst all the craziness of these times, going inward to explore our creativity and bringing it out into the open can be incredibly nurturing and great for our souls! And when I ask a question of you, I must also reflect on it! My “music” is definitely connected to the harp, but also writing blogs and books and important social advocacy letters. My other “creative flow activity” is holding space for and sending energy to our planet during these very confusing times. In many ways, my “music” feels bigger than just music and songs and lyrics, but rather it is connected to love. I know only I can love the planet in my own special way … and that’s true for all of my readers, too. Be sure to “play your music” and love our planet with a perfect brand of you!

Share

Leave or read comments


Featuring Wonderful Quotes

QuoteOver the years we’ve come across many wonderful quotes and in this blog, that’s what we’ll focus on for the next couple months.

The first one is by Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Most people go to their graves with their music still inside them.” Perhaps you have heard this before … it’s a great time to reflect and ponder what this means.

Perhaps in this quote “Music” has the broadest meaning possible. If you are a musician, then yes, it means music, songs, lyrics, etc. And if you aren’t a musician, what is your creativity – your “music” – that needs to be manifested and shared with the world? Is it your time now?

Please don’t wait … the world likely needs exactly what you have to offer. And I’ll continue to offer my musical gifts so that I don’t go to my grave without expressing it to the world!

Share

Leave or read comments


Is music making a comeback?

Harp ConcertWell, the question implies that music “went down.” We’re all aware that while sports programs are uber-funded in our schools, music and the arts can be under-funded, and in some cases, even completely diminished.

The good news:  I see music getting some excellent attention and kudos these days! For example:  it is not unusual for 60 Minutes, a very popular TV show, to air something about music or a particular musician. And have you checked on Facebook, a super popular social media platform for our generation? Almost daily, I see at least one post about how music helped someone.

So, perhaps it’s two things:  1) yes, music is making a comeback, and 2) it is being re-purposed, used more and more for healing. I vote yes!!

Share

Leave or read comments


Musical Reflections’ Logo

Musical Reflections, Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist, Healing Harp MusicSeveral people have recently asked me about Musical Reflections’ logo. Do you like it? Does it “speak” to you?

A bit of background about it … when I was setting up the company in 1999, I hired a company to design it. They asked me many different questions and came up with several options. This is the one that spoke to me … so that it could speak to you!

Each of the logo elements incorporates different aspects of Musical Reflections’ mission.

  • The logo represents how we use music for growing, healing, feeling hope, and caring from the heart.
  • The tree symbolizes transformational growth and portrays the harmonious relationship between music and nature. The tree’s fullness communicates the company’s strength; the branches depict reaching out, caring for ourselves and others; the heart in the center is where healing begins. The root system, which is the tree’s life support, is illustrated by a musical note, representing our organizations’ solid foundation in music. The butterfly, soaring to new heights, reminds us of hope.
  • The logo’s colors, green and purple, are significant. Green symbolizes growth as well as change; it embraces rebirth, regeneration, and renewal. Purple, a spiritual color symbolizes contemplation and reflection.

Does the logo stand the test of time? Well, its’ been almost 15 years ago when it was developed and the elements remain true today!  We’ll see what happens in the next 15 years…

Share

Comments off


Music for Alzheimer’s Patients

Two friends have recently been diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment. It feels important to share some thoughts about music and dementia.

After playing the harp many times for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s, I have found familiar music to be most effective. This is music that they know – patriotic tunes, hymns, classical, oldies, big band sounds, love songs, Irish, etc.

Dr. Petr Janata, a neuroscientist of the University of California-Davis validates this observation. He says, “The medial prefrontal cortex (located just behind the eyes) is also one of the last brain regions to deteriorate in Alzheimer’s disease. This may help explain why many Alzheimer’s patients can remember and sing along to tunes from their youth when other memories are lost.”

In a recent study, Janata showed that this region seems to be a central hub linking music, memories and emotion. He used an imaging technique called fMRI to look at the brains of young adults while they listened to song clips from their childhoods. When they heard familiar songs, the medial prefrontal cortex lit up. Activation was strongest when the song evoked a specific memory or emotion.

It is exciting when intuition and science merge! If your family and/or friends are touched by dementia or Alzheimer’s, try familiar music to connect them to memories and/or emotions.

Share

Comments off


Integrating Harp Therapy in Health Care Systems

While my harp therapy teacher’s mission is to have a “harp player in every hospital and hospice by 2020,” my vision includes: 

  • Licensing harp CDs to health care systems for their closed-circuit TVs. This is a simple, cost-effective method to help hospital and hospice patients relax, feel peace and calm, and sleep. E-mail me if you want more information.
  • In-service education of health care staff. Topics range from “Music and Healing” to “Music for Hospice” to “Self-Care for Health Care Providers.” Click here for more details about my presentations.
  • CDs in hospital gift shops. Contact me for wholesale prices of my books and CDs.
  • Playing at the bedside. For hospitals and hospices in the Twin Cities, I am available for these special bedside vigils. Contact me for pricing and availability. To find a therapeutic harpist in your geographical area, click here.

I’ve been doing this work full-time for the past 13 years and in that time, I’ve seen remarkable shifts in health care systems incorporating the ancient healing modality of harp therapy into the current evidence-based medical model. And we’ve only just begun … we are definitely living in exciting times!  This is my deep passion and I so appreciate your continued support to help make this a reality for those we are serving.

Share

Comments off


CDs make great stocking stuffer gifts!

Do you need last-minute Stocking Stuffer Gifts? If so, we have a suggestion! Musical Reflections offers 14 CDs of harp music – perfect, beautiful, comforting gifts for all the favorite people on your list. Order by December 20th to assure delivery by Christmas Eve. Click here for easy ordering on our website!

Share

Comments off


CDs make great stocking stuffers!

Do you need last-minute Stocking Stuffer Gifts? If so, we have a suggestion! We offer 13 CDs of harp music – perfect, comforting gifts for all the favorite people on your list. Order by December 20th to assure delivery by Christmas Eve. Click here for easy ordering on our website!

From Musical Reflections, we wish you a lovely holiday season filled with beautiful music, love, peace and joy! And of course, all goodness in 2011!

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

Share

Comments off


« Previous entries Next Page » Next Page »