Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Practice--Building a Power Song Kit

Heads up, this coming April promises a lot of stress.  We'll need to pull back, gather our senses and find ways to relax.  Why not create a power music kit in the same way as a medicine chest or cabinet?

Basically a power music kit provides us with a go-to music library during a crisis, a stressful experience or just for the sake of pleasure. I recommend including a variety of genres and music of higher frequency that raise vibration of minds, bodies and hearts.  The higher our frequency, the more centered we become and when we feel centered, world events don't devastate us.

Below I'm including inspiration in the form of genre lists and some artists I have found helpful in my life.  I will list the music by moods or actions needed.

Invigorate, uplift, help move tension out of the body through movement such as dance:

Latin Music from the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Central America, and the American Southwest such as Tex-Mex and Native American Chicken Scratch.  Boleros, rancharas, and Latin music ballads also offer cathartic release without the movement.  Look for Afro-Latin dance music to get you moving such as Cuban son, merengue, salsa, samba (Brazil) and other popular dance style music.

Recommended Artists: Buena Vista Social Club, soundtrack for Calle 54, The Cuban All Stars, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Cal Jader, Michel Camillo, Paquito D' Rivera, Tania Libertad, Marta Topferova, Arturo Sandoval and any Latin American artists you find in the labels for this blog.

Tone, balance, center, clear chakras...

Look for new age artists such as Deva Premal, Marjorie DeMuynck, Diane Rogers, Native American flute, Native American harmonized vocals, sacred drumming, Native American vocals, sound healing CDs using crystal and Tibetan bowls, Jonathan Goldman's sound healing series, Gregorian chant, Tibetan Deep-Throat chant, and check out the Sounds True label for more inspiration.

Also include CDs of solo harp, didgeridoo, Asian flute, Sufi poetry set to music, and kirtans or chants which offers easy sing-along mantras.

Classical Music for Relaxation

Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
Ravel's Piano Concerto No. 3 (2nd movement)
Debussy's Prelude to Afternoon of the Faun
Debussy's Claire de Lune
Ravel's Ballet Daphne and Chloe 
Renaissance polyphony (any artist or composer)
Bach (some piano works)
Mozart's Clarinet Concerto (all movements)

Artists to many to list here properly, but include Stile Antico, Anonymous 4, Andrea Schiff, Glenn Gould,Angela Hewitt, and check out the labels (tags) on the blog for inspiration.

Classical Music to charge the nervous system and offer humor

Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 (full concerto)
Mozart's Marriage of Figaro or Cosi Fan Tutti 
Rossini's Barber of Seville 

Cathartic Classical Music

Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven's 5th Symphony 
Bizet's Carmen  (opera)

With jazz stick with jazz classics or standards and the world is your oyster with traditional or folkloric music. Check the (tags) labels on this blog for inspiration.  Remember that African, Afro-Latin and Brazilian music have grounding qualities which are emphasized by drumming with or dancing to the music.  Asian music has both mental and lofty spiritual qualities and European music has a bit of everything.

Use April as a month to explore music. Use this music to get your mind off worries or to add some humor to your life.  Play music or sing if you have those abilities.  Go to a concert, attend a music festival, join a drum circle or sing lullabies to yourself or children.  Keep stress levels at a minimum this April with music.   It works. Music helped me get through the post 9-11 drama as well as, financial struggles and other world events.  It worked in the past, it will work again.  Put that music kit together and rest easy.

Also see Whole Astrology for April's astrological transits (they're not the usual).