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By Alaric Lewis, R. W. Alley
Abbey PressCopyright © 2001 Alaric Lewis, O.S.B.
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Birds sing, crickets chirp, children giggle—some of life's most beautiful music comes from instruments such as these. Let the ears of your heart be open to life's simple symphonies.
A key element of any piece of music is its unique rhythm. We, too, possess our own unique rhythms that we feel deep in our hearts. Don't be afraid to march to your own beat—your music is just as beautiful as anyone else's!
Although there exists in music the mournful sound of the cello, or the solemn resonance of a pipe organ, there is also the craziness of the kazoo, the whimsy of the slide whistle. Celebrate the quirkiness of life's music, realizing that it too is an important part of the whole symphony.
Not everyone may appreciate our style of music, and they may want to turn a deaf ear to us or even shut us up. If we strive to really listen to one another, however, we might just find that our music can sound pretty good together.
There are times when it seems the world around us is nothing but a dissonant cacophony of painful noise. One act of kindness or beauty, however, can soar above the clamor like a sweet symphony.
Some people can make the angels weep with joy at the sound of their singing; others can make them run for cover. Regardless of how melodic the voice, singing a little every day helps put us in touch with the great song of creation.
Some music makes us sadly mindful of a loved one who is no longer with us. Even in the sadness, don't be afraid to hum along; for in so doing, we realize that their song continues in us.
A baby's contented coo and hair-raising cry come from the same place. Even though we might not always like the music life plays for us, we can appreciate that the instruments used are beautiful, indeed.
Excerpted from Music Therapy by Alaric Lewis, R. W. Alley. Copyright © 2001 Alaric Lewis, O.S.B.. Excerpted by permission of Abbey Press.
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