May 25, 2007
From "The Chantdoc"
|I'm looking forward to a wonderful May! I'll be
in Sarasota, Florida to visit a former student, family members and my
original mentor for music medicine, Dr. Arthur Harvey. Dr.
Harvey is largely responsible for my being in this field today and has
done amazing work in this field himself. Just Google his name to
learn more about him! For Mother's Day, I'll be meeting my own
mother in the mountains of N.C. to spend some quality time and enjoy
reminiscing. To see some interviews I have done with her, please
www.youtube.com/chantdoc. You'll definitely be entertained!
Mother's Day and Music
|On Mother's Day I always think of my own dear mother
and how grateful I am to her for singing to me when I was little and
encouraging my own musical talents. She never failed to ask me
to play the piano and sing for company that would come to visit.
She saw that I had some excellent teachers and that I got to go to
music camp in the summers.
I know that both of my parents sacrificed
so that I could get top-notch instruction. My mother never had
to make me practice and sometimes took away my practice time so that I
could clean my bedroom more to her satisfaction. Of course it
had the effect of making me want to practice even more!
My mother is now in her ninth decade but she still loves music and
says she is very proud of me. She gives my CD's and books to all
of her friends and has been responsible for me getting some great
speaking engagements. You'll find her picture scattered through
my blogs as well as on the YouTube site! Here's to you Tumpy!
Maybe by next year you'll be a great-grandma and I'll be a grandma!
And then there's my three fantastic daughters. They all love
music and my oldest is a professional violinist. I'm extremely
proud of all of them and took them to concerts from infancy on.
They all play the piano and love all kinds of music. What better
gift can a mother give her children than a genuine love for music and
the opportunity to study it growing up. Happy Mother's Day!!
Music Focus: Lullabies
|It seems that the logical focus this month would be
lullabies. For thousands of years women have sung to their
infants and lulled them to sleep. The fact is, it is probably
equally pleasurable to mother and child. When I go out to speak
around the country and around the planet I always love to hear the
stories that audiences tell about the lullabies their mothers sang to
them and the wonderful, positive effect it had on their lives.
Not surprisingly the concept of mother's singing to their unborn
children has been studied and researched extensively. The
research documents the powerful bonding that takes place between
mother and child when the mother sings from about the second trimester
of pregnancy on through childhood. MY youngest daughter, up til
age twelve or so would ask be to sit beside her bed and sing to her.
I have wonderful memories of my father singing with my sister and me
at bedtime, sometimes the songs he had learned in the Army. We
thought it was great fun, if not particularly sleep-inducing.
Lullabies, nursery rhymes and songs in children create powerfully good
memories in children and adults and make as good an heirloom as any
piece of jewelry or furniture. They don't have to be insured and
never need polishing or cleaning! Singing lullabies and other
songs is a wonderful inter-generational activity. Children are
hungry just to have the undivided attention of an adult. So sing
to your baby, sing with your children and grandchildren! It's
free and creates vibrations of healing love. Happy May!
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