The Hurdy Gurdy Man
Donovan (Catch The Wind - Live)
MUSIC AS HEALER by Ann Weeks
I love music. LOVE it. All kinds. It is an abiding, easily given, lifetime commitment. Although it may be able to be put into different categories such as rock, blues or pop, although it can speak of the lives of the working man through Springsteen's passionate growl, or of loves' heartbreak through Jewel's aching vocals, or make you want to "strike a pose" with Madonna, truly this division is of human creation; in the former, our need to label things and the latter, the individuality of the artist.
The essence, the Source of this inspiration is classless, raceless, egoless - there are no boundaries. It all comes from that great Mystery that defies analysis, that which sustains us all. Ask any artist, no matter what their genre, "where does your inspiration/talent come from?" It's a safe bet they'll answer with something like "I don't know" or "something outside of/greater than me".
Music can lift you up, soothe your wounds, release you - it can be your best friend. In the words of Michael Franti, "Everyone deserves music".
One of the most powerful Healing tools that the world has at its disposal is music, and in these times of great change it offers joy and relief on all levels.