Not many people who visit this site also visit Whole Music Experience on Vimeo. But there are some fabulous videos on there if you want to hear what the ghosts of musicians have to share with us. Today, Mozart returned with an earful. Some of it was biographical, personal, and other information was metaphysical and musical.
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
In 2012, I wrote a book on the healing power of music called Whole Music. This book was a companion to this blog which I launched in 2007 as a college assignment. Little did I know at the time that the blog would still be receiving traffic in 2022. Thank you for your return visits.
When I researched the topic of music and sound as therapy; and when I interviewed sound therapy experts and musicologists, I had no idea I would become a sound therapist myself. I thought of myself as a researcher and music journalist. I also didn't know that I would become a Reiki Master. The Divine knew though and led me on this path.
While the pandemic and the lockdowns were troublesome for many, I used that time to learn new skills even if I did it online. I suddenly had stimulus money and since I lived with my parents, I had no bills to pay. I enrolled in online Reiki, sound therapy, and other types of therapy classes. I spent $1.5K on sound healing tools, mainly tuning forks and flutes. And I wish I had purchased a mixing board and microphone. (I'm raising the money to purchase sound therapy equipment to give distance healings).
I have worked with the tuning forks every day (weighted and standard) as part of my self-Reiki. I have used the tuning forks, singing bowls, and Koshi Chimes on animals when I give them distance Reiki. I have also combined crystals with the sound therapy instruments. I can honestly say, adding sound therapy to my life (besides singing mantras along with recordings), has transformed my life.
I healed from narcissistic abuse, calmed anxiety, and people have even commented that I've become more peaceful and centered. My practice isn't perfect because I'm still learning but I'm fascinated with sacred geometry, sound therapy, and working with crystals as well as, working with Reiki.
Sound therapy tools are expensive but I believe that having a singing bowl or a tuning fork such as 528 hertz are helpful during these stressful times. For we are shifting on the planet and this isn't something that happens in every lifetime. We are as many spiritual teachers have claimed, living in unprecedented times. We can kick and scream our way through the changes or employ sound therapy and energy medicine to allow us to surrender to this Sacred Moment.
Thank you for you for spending time on my blog. Feel free to leave comments about your own musical or sound journey. I would love to know.
At some point I will revamp and rename my book and find a traditional publisher for it. In the meantime, stay centered in peace and the most powerful mantra OM.
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Saturday, October 16, 2021
It's been a long while since I shared a musical post with you. Today, I'm thinking about music that blew my mind or caused me to swoon. I have heard thousands of songs during my life time from various genres. And every song leaves an impression but not as big an impression as the following ten songs.
1). Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faune by Claude Debussy
I heard this song the first time when I was on college break. I was bored and I rummaged through my mother's record collection. Since I had taken a music appreciation class I wanted to listen to classical music even though I was more into rock music.
I found the record with Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faune. Not knowing what a faune was and what a prelude to the afternoon might entail, I placed the record on the old-fashion turntable. When the first strains of the harp came through the speakers I nearly fainted because the music was sheer beauty to my ears.
Two decades later, I rediscovered the piece of music and this was around the time I started experimenting with music on my body. Again, I nearly fainted. Obviously, the structure, contours, orchestration, and sheer enchantment touched my soul more deeply than any other piece of music ever.
2) Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (entire album)
I discovered this album also when I was researching the power of music. Again, it's the contours and structure of the songs that appealed to my emotions. But this time I experienced more with my intellect and less with my heart. I didn't feel like fainting. Instead, I felt like hanging out in a used bookstore or a coffee shop sipping tea on a lazy afternoon. This album influenced me while I wrote a screenplay of course featuring an artist.
3) The Riverman by Nick Drake
The images of the River Styx and the boatman taking the souls across the river roam through my mind when I listen to this melancholic song. The key, the chords, and Nick Drake's voice touch my heart. I'm moved by the turn of phrases too. And there's a longing I feel for the late Nick Drake because when a songwriter composes a song this good I want to meet him or her.
This song inspired a novel I wrote based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
4) Autumn Leaves sung by Eva Cassidy
Eva Cassidy's cover of this melancholic song is not the first time I encountered the lyrics and melody. The first time I heard it was Edith Piaf singing the lyrics in French and that wistful version could also be on my list.
I clicked on a faded black and white image of Eva Cassidy that appeared in my YouTube feed. This was in 2016 and I had no idea who she was but something about her face and the song intrigued me. After sobbing for the duration of the song, I looked up the story of Eva Cassidy and cried even more. Certainly, a bone was touched.
Since that time, I have channeled Eva's spirit several times and the topic usually revolved around the healing power of music. Of course!
5) Clarinet Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
This particular piece of music which I believe is in the key of A (which resonates strongly with my body). Every time I listen to the piece I feel delighted and I get a sense that Mozart is in the room watching me listen to his composition. I love Mozart anyway and this is not the only one of his compositions that touches me deeply.
6) Bach's Goldberg Variations performed by Glenn Gould
Glenn Gould actually recorded Bach's variations twice, towards the beginning of his career and towards the end. I prefer Gould's recordings to any other pianist. This could be because I had an encounter with Glenn Gould's spirit when I was 19 years old and a college student learning about classical music. Or it could be because this piece of music framed the documentary about Glenn Gould called 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould.
I feel the music resonate throughout my entire body. I feel my face light up with different emotions and moods to match the various short pieces that comprise the variations.
7) Let it Be by The Beatles
When I first gave this song my focus I was in high school going through a challenging time. John Lennon had died and I rediscovered the Beatles. I also felt lonely, depressed, and alienated during that time. So, the words, "When all the broken-hearted people in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be" struck home with me.
I'm unable to sing along with this song without breaking down into tears. I pick up on the loneliness of people in the world, their grief, and anguish which is too much for me to bear. And yet, the line about Mother Mary and comfort help me get through the song without completely breaking down.
8) Brother Warrior sung by Sharon Burch (A Navajo-Dine musician)
Native American musician Sharon Burch covered the late Kate Wolf's Brother Warrior and she brought a new dimension to the song. This song breaks my heart because it reflects on the awakening of the Divine Masculine in the world during a time when the natural world suffers. It's about the emergence of a new man and a new woman that care about the other creatures. It's also a song about courage.
I'm not able to say the lyrics or sing the song without weeping. I played the song on a community radio show that I hosted and I had to leave the sound booth because tears came to my eyes. And I didn't want to get back on the air while I was crying.
9) Apocalypse Lullaby by The Wailin' Jennys
Similar to Brother Warrior this is a song about the emergence of love on the planet. The female harmonies, contours, structure, and lyrics of this song give me hope. One time when I suffered from a migraine and nausea, I listened to the WJ album that contains this song and I felt better after one listen.
I also enjoyed playing this song on my community radio show.
10) Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is a favorite soul musician for me because of his delightful vibe. Sir Duke is among his most vibrant songs. From the grooves, the punchy horns, to the lyrics which give tribute to the jazz greats, this song brings back good memories for me and shows me musical excellence.
If I'm feeling depressed or lack motivation, putting this song on lifts my mood.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Marrying astrology to sound healing isn't new. Ted Andrews in his book, Sacred Sounds connected the notes of the Western scale with the astrological signs on a Zodiac Wheel. What I'm proposing is using planetary tuning forks (frequencies as opposed to musical notes) to unleash tension in a Natal Chart. This is just a launching point to exploring the intersection between the Natal Chart and sound healing.
Let's use my Natal Chart as an example.
Friday, July 16, 2021
In a way, this is a dream come true to interview George Harrison even if he is in spirit. I combine my gifts as a spiritual medium and music journalist as we explore the healing power of music from India, especially the sitar.
It was not easy to tune into the frequency of Ravi Shankar but he did come through and with my favorite Beatle, George Harrison. Who knew these two were not only musical masters, but also spiritual masters.
I uploaded this video originally on my YouTube channel Whole Music Experience which was buried under other channels. I am migrating that channel to Vimeo.
Monday, June 14, 2021
I crossed the bridge from musical research in the physical realm to channeling the spirits of musicians. I'm sure that all the great musicians channeled their music from a Divine Source, including Mozart. Listen to this session and love Mozart even more.
This session was recorded on January 21, 2019 when the Sun was in Aquarius, Mozart's Sun Sign.
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Copyrights do apply. Patricia Herlevi, Copyright, 2019
Sunday, June 13, 2021
I'm in the process of relocating my spiritual channel session with musicians on the other side of the veil from YouTube to Vimeo. The channel is still called Whole Music Experience. Thus far, I have uploaded videos with John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie and Marvin Gaye. Today, I'm uploading videos of George Harrison (another session), and Glenn Gould.
You will also find a new channel session with Eva Cassidy on the channel.
My plan is to create a tab on this blog so you will have easy access to the videos. All the musicians discuss the healing power of music in their own unique ways. But I also go over their astrology charts in some videos and often times, the musicians' biographies are mentioned too.
Please support this work (a labor of love) by subscribing to this blog, following the Vimeo channel, and helping me to get the world out. You can also make monetary donations
All the videos will be removed from my YouTube channel by June 30, 2021. I don't like the way YouTube has treated the channel.