Healing Songs

Healing Songs

by Ted Gioia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822337029

ISBN-13: 9780822337027

Pub. Date: 04/13/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

While the first healers were musicians who relied on rhythm and song to help cure the sick, over time Western thinkers and doctors lost touch with these traditions. In the West, for almost two millennia, the roles of the healer and the musician have been strictly separated.

Until recently, that is. Over the past few decades there has been a resurgence of interest

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Overview

While the first healers were musicians who relied on rhythm and song to help cure the sick, over time Western thinkers and doctors lost touch with these traditions. In the West, for almost two millennia, the roles of the healer and the musician have been strictly separated.

Until recently, that is. Over the past few decades there has been a resurgence of interest in healing music. In the midst of this nascent revival, Ted Gioia, a musician, composer, and widely praised author, offers the first detailed exploration of the uses of music for curative purposes from ancient times to the present. Gioia’s inquiry into the restorative powers of sound moves effortlessly from the history of shamanism to the role of Orpheus as a mythical figure linking Eastern and Western ideas about therapeutic music, and from Native American healing ceremonies to what clinical studies can reveal about the efficacy of contemporary methods of sonic healing.

Gioia considers a broad range of therapies, providing a thoughtful, impartial guide to their histories and claims, their successes and failures. He examines a host of New Age practices, including toning, Cymatics, drumming circles, and the Tomatis method. And he explores how the medical establishment has begun to recognize and incorporate the therapeutic power of song. Acknowledging that the drumming circle will not—and should not—replace the emergency room, nor the shaman the cardiologist, Gioia suggests that the most promising path is one in which both the latest medical science and music—with its capacity to transform attitudes and bring people together—are brought to bear on the multifaceted healing process.

In Healing Songs, as in its companion volume Work Songs, Gioia moves beyond studies of music centered on specific performers, time periods, or genres to illuminate how music enters into and transforms the experiences of everyday life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822337027
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/13/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,008,135
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1. The Rhythm Within 1

2. The Incantation 18

3. Native American Healing Songs 34

4. The Shaman 49

5. Orpheus the Shaman 69

6. The Harmony of the Spheres 89

7. Music and the Medical Practitioner 109

8. Music Therapy 124

9. From Singing Bowls to Sonic Birth 142

10. Reclaiming the Drum 158

11. Do Healing Songs Work? 170

Notes 183

Recommended Listening 211

Bibliography 215

Index 233

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