Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be chatting with Silvio Canto, Jr. this week on CANTO TALK. I will be on this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 (7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST). CLICK HERE FOR LIVE SHOW OR ARCHIVED PODCAST.
One of the guests on the show will be an exquisitely beautiful artist I have connected with via Facebook, who plays like an angel. Joanna Mell is a Celtic Harpist, who renditions of traditional tunes have had a healing effect on my soul as I cover the chaos that has become the current news cycle.
As I am a big fan of “The Dresden Files” book series about wizards, fairies, vampires, and other fantasy creatures, I wanted to feature this Carolan tune “Si Beg, Si Mor” (The Fairies of the Small Hill and the Big Hill).
In fact, what caught my attention on her business website was the “Therapeutic Harp” entry.
The harp has been used for centuries to produce soothing music which brings peace, rest and healing to the mind, body and spirit. The first mention of the therapeutic use of the harp occurs in the Old Testament in 1 Samuel 16:14-23, when a “skilled harper”, namely David, was brought to King Saul, who was in a restless and fearful state. After David played his harp for the king, Saul fell into a restful, healing sleep. There are many accounts of ancient Irish harpers being able to induce sleep, relaxation and healing of fevers and epileptic fits by playing certain types of music on the harp. Today, a small group of harpists are being trained to use the harp as a healing instrument in clinical settings such as hospice, hospitals, and nursing homes to induce relaxation and stress relief, normalization of heart and breathing rates, enhancement of oxygen absorption rates, normalization of blood pressure, and pain and anxiety abatement. In the case of the hospice client, therapeutic harp music has the ability to ease the transition through the dying process. Therapeutic harp music also has beneficial clinical applications in the chemotherapy process, easing nausea, anxiety and other undesirable side effects.
And, after following the disasters — both foreign and domestic — associated with our current crop of politicos and their policies, a dose of great music seems to be in order.
In fact, we will put it to the test — because Silvio and I will be chatting with military history expert par excellence, Barry Jacobsen, about the national security matter of the week. It’s too early to say what the latest problem will be…but the recent incident with Vice President Joe Biden might be a good bet.
For more information on hiring Joanna for an event, click HERE.
For samples of Joanna’s music, click HERE.
To buy Joanna’s albums, click HERE. (MUT NOte: Her Come Ye Back album is such a timeless classic, my son is trying to steal it from me!).