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Where does music come from? Part Three

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Leslie Flint

One of the most celebrated mediums of the 20th Century was Leslie Flint, a direct voice medium who possessed the rare gift of being able to manifest the voices of those who had ‘passed over’ at a point in space, rather than through his own speech. Those who connected often included the departed relatives and friends of those who had requested a sitting, as well as some famous personalities, some of whom returned on several occasions to pass on their messages to the world.

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The Gift

Albert-Einstein

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Albert Einstein

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Creative Play

Creative_Play_1All children need to play. They use play to make sense of their experiences, to make sense of what is happening around them, to channel overwhelming feelings and to ‘play out’ situations that they feel powerless to resolve.

By offering the child a space and providing a few simple props they can create a character for themselves and be in their own fantasy world, which allows them to explore what they need to explore in their own way and at their own pace.

The adult should be the observer and only get involved and take on a role if invited to do so. It is then of paramount importance that in the play situation the adult follows the lead of the child and does not try to take the story to where they feel it should go or try to hurry it to a conclusion.

The play, if allowed to unfold, will travel at the pace that is suitable for the child and if the story is not completed in the time allotted, the child is usually happy to carry it over to the next opportunity. This is much better than forcing a conclusion before the story has had time to reach its creative potential.

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Where does music come from? Part Two

In Part one I quoted various music composers -popular and classical – who all felt that the source of their music came from somewhere beyond the brain. In the words of John Lennon, “It’s like being possessed: like a psychic or a medium”.

Could it be possible that John Lennon was right and that he and other composers are somehow ‘channelling’ music from non-physical beings?

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When I was at school in the late 1960′s, I read about a London widow called Rosemary Brown who sprang to fame when she revealed that she was a clairvoyant who was regularly visited by the spirits of a number of composers. Not only was she in contact with such renowned musicians as Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin and Rachmaninov, but she claimed that these composers had been dictating new piano pieces to her.

 

     

            Rosemary Brown

This story made great material for the Sunday newspapers of the time, especially some of the events that Mrs. Brown related, such as how Liszt had helped her find bargains in the fruit section of her local supermarket! It’s probably no surprise that many who read of her story quickly dismissed it either as a crude attempt to get a little fame and notoriety in order to make money, or the ramblings of a lonely, deluded woman who had some ‘imaginary friends’. To be honest, both these possibilities had crossed my mind and I might easily have been counted amongst the sceptics were it not for the fact that when her music was scrutinised by experts in the field of classical music, most were amazed by what they saw and heard.

The conclusion that these long departed composers had dictated the music might have seemed totally implausible, yet somehow any other explanation seemed even less likely. After all, despite only very limited musical abilities and training limited to a few piano lessons as a child, Mrs. Brown had been writing music far beyond her own capabilities as a pianist. Not only that, but most of the pieces that she had produced were faithful to the style of the composers who she claimed had dictated them.  In the opinion of the composer Richard Rodney Bennett, “you couldn’t fake music like this without years of training”. Ian Parrott, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Wales, published an entire book, The Music of Rosemary Brown (1978), sympathetic to the view that the music bore original hallmarks of the purported composers, which it would be difficult for professional musicians consistently to achieve.

Rosemary Brown wrote three books: ‘Immortals at my Elbow’, ‘Unfinished Symphonies’ and ‘Look beyond Today’ all of which cover aspects of her story and her experience of working with these famous names. Although these are no longer in print, it is possible to obtain second-hand copies through on-line bookstores. It’s also possible to find some of her music being played on You Tube, such as in the example here. Check them out and I’m sure that like me, you will quickly be convinced that Mrs Brown was neither a fraud nor an insane widow. She was just an ordinary, humble housewife who was chosen to become the focal point for giving us evidence of how music can be received.

Click here to go to part three.

 

Watch the video below to learn more about the story of Rosemary Brown and the evidence supporting her claims.

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Turning Up

Turning-Up

Meditation can involve both wandering and wondering!  The mind wanders and when we find it difficult to quieten our thoughts, we may decide that we are no good at meditation and so give up.  It helps to remember that the mind will always judge and criticize our attempts to be still.

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Where does music come from? Part One

 

David_Gilmour

“I have something where music just comes to me and the best music… just suddenly, it’s there; it just slips out of your fingertips onto the instrument easily.  You worry about it afterwards and think ‘Where did that come from; who did I steal it from?’ because it’s so easy.”

Dave Gilmore

 

 

 

The quotation above was taken from an interview with the former Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmore, which was shown in the BBC series ‘The Story of the Guitar’. It’s a wonderful description of what it feels like to experience a flash of inspiration; a moment of creativity that is so sublime that it’s difficult to believe that it was generated from within the mind. As a composer, I can relate to this experience as I’m sure can most people involved in creative arts, whether they are musicians, writers, artists, poets or designers.

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The Power of Music

 ‘Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.’

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Plato

There’s a children’s story by Ted Hughes called ‘The Iron Man’ which reaches a climax with a dramatic trial of strength between this heroic figure, the Iron Man, and an enormous Space Dragon which is seemingly intent on destroying the planet Earth. The Iron Man ultimately emerges as the victor and the defeated Space Dragon is forced to work for him. The Space Dragon then explains that before it visited the Earth, it used to sing the Music of the Spheres as it journeyed through outer space. Unfortunately, when it reached the planet Earth, it heard the strange warlike sounds and battle cries and felt the urge to create join in. The story ends with the Iron Man asking the Space Dragon to sing the Music of the Spheres whilst orbiting the Earth and as it does so, all violence and war on the Earth starts to decrease until ultimately peace reigns throughout the planet.

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Intuition

Intution

Meditation is beneficial to our well-being in lots of ways, physically, emotionally and mentally. So there are plenty of good reasons to make it a part of our everyday life.

A major benefit of regular meditation is an increasingly strong connection to our intuition – or inner tutor’.

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Vocal Toning and Energy Alignment

This is an excerpt from Positive Health Online Issue 179 – February 2011. The full article can be found at: Vocal Toning and Energy Alignment

My interest in the voice and creative expression led to training in Speech and Language Therapy, deepening my understanding of the mechanics of speech, the nature of impairment and its impact on life and relationships. A twenty year struggle with orthodox methods of symptom focused intervention and disillusionment with imposed systems and the medical approach, prompted a shift of focus. I turned my attention from the impairment to the creative, intuitive aspects of the right brain. This approach stimulates and regenerates the central nervous system activating the client’s own self healing mechanism to create dynamic possibilities for healing.

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