“Jim Drumming”, Photo by Ann Pirruccello.
Like most people, I am constantly running across written quotes, videos, podcasts etc. that contain ideas that I would like to incorporate into my life. Often these “lessons” are difficult to hear, let alone embody. About a year ago, it occurred to me that I might be open to hear these ideas if they were embedded in music that I liked. And, so I began accumulating spoken messages that seemed to fit those criteria and create music to help make these messages more “hearable” on my part.
Recently it occurred to me that the music I had come up with might be enhanced by including contributions from my brother James, who is an accomplished saxophonist and composer. Collectively we are known as “Wilson Bros/Shrink Wrap”.
The tune introduced below, “Ride the Sound Current”, is the first of a series based on my experiment that will be released at Art and Zen Today.
Here are some suggestions for listening:
1) Play the music when you have enough time to mindfully listen without worrying about being distracted by other issues.
2) Use whatever rituals you usually use when preparing to move out of the flow of ordinary life.
3) The music was especially created to be heard through headphones. Try to avoid earplugs, if possible.
4) As you listen, focus on your bodily reactions (i.e. sensations, feelings, emotions etc., whether positive or negative) rather than the meaning of what you are hearing.
5) If you listen to the piece more than once be open to having different experiences with each exposure. Try dancing while you listen!
Over time I have become increasingly interested in how listening and sound (and music) have been used in various meditative practices over the ages. This is no place for an exhaustive review but below the video link, I have included a number of sources below dealing with this topic for those who may be interested in exploring further.
To hear “Ride the Sound Current” click below.
Hazrat Inayaat Khan The Music of Life: The Inner Nature and
Effects of Sound and The Mysticism of Sound and Music: The Sufi Teaching of Hazaart Inayat Khan.
Joachim-Ernest Berendt, The World is Sound: Nada Brahama.
3 Reasons to Listen to Music Mindfully
Mindfulness, Music Appreciation and Empathy
Video on Listening Meditation by Stephen Batchelor
Music, Trance and Mindfulness: http://artandzentoday.com/?p=4292
Aaron Copeland on Mindful Listening: http://artandzentoday.com/?p=4211
What are You Presently Listening To? http://artandzentoday.com/?p=4091