Friday, May 17, 2013

Why Music??? part 7 Music for Ceremonies

Thanks for visiting topics and conversations. Here I want to address music therapy issues and concepts as they relate to education, health and wellness. Also, I want to let everyone know that my new site:, still very new, is in the process of producing more offerings. Right now there are three offerings, i.e., two music albums available, David's Basics in Education and Lyrical Imagery and one educational lecture titled The Purposeful Use of Music From Pregnancy Through Toddlerhood (including Labor and Delivery). The second album, Lyrical Imagery, and the childbirth lecture are a free download for a limited time.
As a reminder the main thrust of the music therapy/childbirth lecture is to support moms (and dads) as they put together their own music listening playlists or CDs to support rhythmic breathing, act as a positive diversion from pain and stress, etc., to be used during labor and delivery.
Also, I'm looking forward to recording my second music album this spring or summer. This is music for child development, autism and special needs. As a reminder, one song, “High 5,” from David's Basics in Education (music album #1) is still a free download for a limited time.

This is part seven of my blog posts where I describe music therapy interactions I've had that are indicative of why music is so meaningful, enriching and sometimes life changing!

This post, like the previous one, is not about any one particular music therapy session. This post describes an event I was asked to be part of with Odyssey Hospice. Odyssey is one of two hospice agencies I provide music therapy for.

The event was a veterans “Honor Pinning.” This is where we at Odyssey Hospice, including a Chaplin, marketing professional and myself and the wonderful staff at Pt. Place Care and Rehab honored veterans at this nursing home/rehab center. Our time consisted of bringing certificates and a pin for each veteran at the facility and acknowledging them individually. Before, during and after there were prayers, music and many thanks.

The reason I am talking about this is because of how honored I felt being a part of such special celebration. This feeling caught me by surprise because earlier in the day all I knew was that I had to “be” at this event, not knowing what to expect. When the individual male veterans' (and wives of vets, there were no female vets at this facility) names were called many cried. I realized many of these men and women have never been formally and publicly honored for their service. And I know for many veterans, their time and experience in the military is the most significant, most important aspect of their lives, often never being acknowledged or even known by others.

So, for these veterans, many of whom are now past their prime of their lives and some very sick, I was honored and humbled to be able to provide (patriotic) music for their special event. I found myself becoming very emotional, as I said, when their names and service branch was announced. Thanks Odyssey... Thanks Pt. Place Care and Rehab... AND THANKS YOU VETERANS! Your service to our country must not be forgotten.

So, "Why music??"... because music is often such an integral part of ceremonies. I could do many blog posts (and I might in the future) about funeral services I provide music for. Those are always “the best church” times... And as described above, honoring our veterans was very special. I feel very blessed to have been a part of it providing patriotic music.

In upcoming posts I will continue with other music therapy/health and wellness related blog posts. 
Also, go to my website, and choose the tab at the top "Wounded Warriors Patriotic Music." If you purchase a patrotic song for  $.99 all the proceeds go to The Wounded Warrior Project. 
My prescription this week??? Sing or listen to some (USA) patriotic music. YouTube some titles like America The Beautiful or God Bless America. Be proud, feel blessed, thank a veteran and enjoy!!!!
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