Steve Gold: How Does Music Move You?
Wanderlust has asked me to write a monthly guest blog for their Friday in Music and Dance issue. I have chosen to write the first entry about how music moves me, and to find out how music moves you.
"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak" wrote William Congreve in 1697. Most of the time interpreted as "music calms the savage heart," the word "breast" is often misquoted as "beast." It's easy to understand why. Even the most hardened-looking beast of a person must feel release from a burdened heart when they hear a favorite song or piece of music. I know it's true for me, and I imagine you are no different.
My heart has always been moved by the connection of music to the astonishing energies of nature. Some years ago, while following my walkabout of wanderlust, I ended up living near a beautiful waterfall on the wet and wilder side of Maui, Hawaii. Tucked away in the naval of this island, I sat sanctified by the falls nearly everyday. I strummed my guitar, sang songs, and chanted Om Namah Shivaya, a mantra offering respect to the inner self. Those were peaceful days and over time I became intimately attuned to the natural music I heard in this serene environment. The bending bamboo canes tapping against each other in the background played tribal rhythms to the whispers of the wind. The rolling water pouring its story onto the patient rocks below created a drone for the birds and frogs to sing purely to. The trillion raindrops hitting the dense tropical foliage clapped to the booming rumbles of thunderclouds. Listening to these nature songs reminded me of the unbroken nature of my own heart and blessed me with a greater sense of appreciation for the myriad sounds that express life on earth.
I love to sing. Beginning with my mother singing to me in her womb, singing has played a potent role in shaping my path in life. Some of the most significant relationships in my life have a song or chant connected to them. Music introduced me to the people I hold dearest in my life. I met my wife Anne-Ã‰milie while singing. Music has literally moved me around the planet, and our music has traversed the global airwaves. We are moved by the joy and healing our listeners experience upon hearing our music. Recently, one of my students in St. Louis, MO wrote to express how our music moves her. I was so touched by her deeply felt expression that I want to share it with you:
"Dear Steve, Your Mantras for Manifestation workshop was the most intensely beautiful time that I've ever experienced in yoga. I have never felt so high on music; I still feel the vibrations throughout my body. From the first time when I heard your music, it has deeply touched my heart and every cell of my body. Your music moves me to tears as I feel deep healing, joy and gratitude. Namaste, KNC"
Now it's your turn to share with us how music moves you. We love communicating with our friends, and we want to hear about your experience! We hope you'll join in the conversation by commenting on this blog, or by contacting us here. Also, if you join our email list we will send you a free download of our song Let Your Heart Be Known Remix.
Photo Caption/Credit: Special thanks to our dear friend, and Kripalu Yoga, Vinyasa/Prana Flow teacher Katie Brauer for sharing this awesome photo of her rocking out! Special thanks to Mario Covic for capturing us being moved by the music.