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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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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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I Love Music Gadgets!

0971982244We hear this a lot and it is our joy to offer a really different and unique music gadget for all the special people on your holiday list:

If you have questions about any of these gift ideas, reach out to us at Tami@MusicalReflections.com or 952-829-1919. We will do our best to help you determine optimal holiday gift choices for those on your list!

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Time to begin thinking of the holidays!

Ready for HolidaysOnce the calendar is flipped to November, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays, isn’t it?!

We are all about peace and calm – for either yourself or those on your holiday gift list. All of our offerings focus on helping you relax, experience calm, reduce stress and feel peace. Whether it’s harp CDs, downloads, books, and musical devices (Amazing Mini Music Machine, Angelic Vibrations MP3 player), we are happy to be of service to you. Musical Reflections is available to help with holiday gift ideas!

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Finishing your holiday shopping

Holiday ShoppingDo you need a “stocking stuffer” gift(s) to finish up your holiday shopping? Well, we offer several gifts that may be helpful to those on your list.

We look forward to assisting you!

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Featuring Music Gadgets

AMMM Machine in black0971982244We love offering really unique music gadgets for gifts for the special people in your life:

  • The AMMM – this is short for Amazing Mini Music Machine (and affectionately called the AMMM!). A hand-held mini speaker, it comes with a flash drive that is pre-loaded with 5 hours of beautiful harp music. Click here for additional information.
  • Angelic Vibrations – the size of a credit card, this MP3 player is pre-loaded with 4 hours of Tami Briggs’ harp music. It comes with ear buds and easy-to-use instructions. And self-contained in a small plastic box! Find more information by clicking here.
  • While our harp CDs and downloads are not music gadgets, they are also available! We have 13 CDs and 150 songs to download/select from.

If you need more information on any of this, please feel free to call us at 952-829-1919. We are happy to facilitate getting perfect, unique holiday gifts for your loved ones on your Christmas shopping list!

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Holiday Prep Time = NOW!

Holiday prepYes, it is already time to begin prepping for the holidays! (They come around faster every year, don’t they?!) Do you need shopping assistance or gift ideas? Musical Reflections is available to help with several unique products – harp CDs, downloads, books, and musical devices (Amazing Mini Music Machine, Angelic Vibrations MP3 player). We’re all about bringing you (and those on your holiday gift list) relaxation, calm, stress reduction and peace. Let us know if we can be of service to you.

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Music Streaming

Music streamingI recently saw a Facebook post with a photo of “payments” from Spotify. I put quotes around “payments” because the picture was line item after line item of Spotify entries that were either .00 or .01 … yes, that’s NO payment or a penny per entry!! And the comments below this post were unanimous with numerous musicians – “I have the same problem”!!

Wonder why Spotify is involved in two LARGE lawsuits with both famous and independent musicians?!! Doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or a rockstar musician!!) to figure this out, right?!!

So, what can you do to help? Support your favorite musicians by buying their CDs or downloads, and plan to listen for years of enjoyment. I, along with thousands of other musicians, will be very grateful! Thanking you in advance …

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Peace, Love, Joy Meditation

Peace Love JoyI was recently on a webinar and the speaker talked about sitting for 11 minutes each day in peace, love and joy. Doesn’t this sound like an awesome thing to do?!

This puts us in the energy of these lovely feelings … it doesn’t get any better than peace, love and joy, right?! And, it raises our vibration individually and collectively. I really can’t think of a more important time to do this very simple exercise for only 11 minutes per day.

If you would like to do this Peace, Love, Joy Meditation using a harp solo, non-familiar song, I suggest the “Sincerity” download from the Calm as the Night CD. It is 11 minutes and is only 99¢ to help facilitate a deep connection to peace, love and joy.

Join me in this easy and make-a-difference meditation!

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A Special CD Review: The Christmas Story

Christmas Story CoverSeveral years ago, we were humbled to receive this review for “The Christmas Story” by the Daily OM. We share it here…

“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.”

You can order either CDs or download it.

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