Music, the rhythm of the soul

From Mad in Ireland: Welcome once again to Mad in Irelands podcast series ‘Fields of Healing’. This time around we visit the world of music and rhythm as a field or landscape of and for healing. Music is something that many people appreciate in its various guises and it has many forms. If we were to reflect on the impact of music on our lives, we might at the very least notice how different music evokes a range of emotional states; we might even feel that energetic drawback in time to a place when we liked a certain genre or listened to particular songs that remain with us today. We may not have considered the nature of music and rhythm generally as a healing field, yet since time memorial it has played a part in healing rituals. And within the broader eclectic paradigm of healing and how people can and do engage with music as part of their own healing journey, we visit that field. It is vast and at best we can give an Irish sample, in this case from two people who work within mental health services and outside of it, bringing their own version of music and rhythmic healing to the mental health field.

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  1. As one who supposedly was claimed to be (albeit only via the “collective unconscious”) a ‘tailor who sings with the Lord.’ But who is also just ‘an American girl’ … read the book some day, or look at my work today, if you’d like to understand why the kind, and comedic, souls of Chicago may have called me that.

    An innocent person, who was also unwisely told, by a psychologist, to “turn off your music” … bad advise I did NOT adopt.

    I must say, I totally agree in the healing value of the arts, including the musical arts. Music is “the rhythm of the soul,” never let the music die again.

    And I did drive “my Chevy to the levee, and the levee was dry” … in 2006.

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