Deciphering life through music is an empowering and decisive way to express one’s self, a cathartic way to analyze one’s thoughts & feelings, and a way to examine and self inventory.
Feeling the joy through a song that reminds you of a special celebration, a favorite road trip, or maybe true love is something we may take for granted. Or maybe it’s the heartbreak ‘ripping the heart out’ kind of tune. Then comes the reaction between the body, brain, & heart.
More than the beat of the tune, the great guitar riffs, or the lyrics, music is much more to our brain. There is more to liking or not liking a song for each individual than most of us are typically aware of. Dozens of brain receptors in our brain respond to different rhythm, tones, and lyrics, determining the qualities we personally like and dislike in a particular song.
Music involves more parts of the brain than any other function that humans perform, Specific brain wave rhythm’s are associated with particular emotional and cognitive outcomes. Over time listening to music improves language skills, creativity & happiness. Music also has incredible healing powers aiding in anxiety, speed healing, increase optimism, and decreasing pain.
Music definitely does not go in one ear and out the other. In fact, I tend to think we absorb it.
I write a lot.
I write a lot about self-exploration and spirituality.
I think of my writing as a process, as an excavation of myself. Interesting I find that I am unable to write effectively without music, I always knew it inspired me, even helped me open up to the muse by striking chords within myself that torch vulnerable raw emotions.
hear feel certain blue’s bar chords my ears like radar pick up the notes and the tones as the resonation travels; through to my soul allowing myself to be more in touch with myself than any other time. No other genre or instrument quite has this immediate impact on me like the blues guitar. There is a kind of physiological reaction and my mind opens up to my heart & to my spirit Blues chords strip away my ego’s thoughts and protective sleeve helping me find way to the raw emotions I garner for when I write. I have a play list called 4WritingMusic,, and another one titled HealingMusic among my collection’s of music. These two playlists are most prized in my collection of music, All genres are represented in my library, (even Rap now which I had not been able to say until most recently.) I have opera, classical, classic-country, folk, pop, hard rock, acid rock, country-rock in my collection to name a few genres; but if I could choose only one genre which would it be?
No question; for me it is Blues when I am writing.
My friend and master guitarist Pablo Camara’s background is in music therapy. He is a music teacher and has the soul of a great artist who gives to others his gift of brilliance. His improvisations are in my mind and ears the very best. Through the music he covers & his original work I have discovered what music really does for us physiologically. If we pay attention we can learn,
To me it is significant in the way we are able to emote such feelings through a piece of music like this Gary Moore cover below interpreted by Pablo Camara. The music sensibilities & sensitivity it takes to improvise & improve with a different perspective than anyone else while creating something quite moving is phenomenal. Focusing on the recognition that it is the creative energy that flows from such a well composed song with its many layers, I see that this is my inspiration for my own creative wings to fly. And I write. And I write some more cleansing my mind as I do.
With my friend’s full permission I want to share this music I am referring to that sets my wings a flight. (for full credits see *below)
Maybe your wings will soar too.
This Gary Moore cover is my all time my favorite version. Which is saying something because I am a self- admitted Gary Moore snob. With Mr Camara showcasing all his chops; incredible riffs & vibrato, and the way he bends those 6 strings while working the fretboard is a pure blissful muse for my soul.
And my muse for writing.
The music we are able to connect with on different levels with someone else is remarkable. And it can become a compelling way to communicate and express feelings. It can be a pretty healthy way I might add. The genre of blues does this for me, I hear those chords and get a lump in my throat.
I know that this means something in me needs to be explored, and possibly expressed in some way.
It’s music that inspires me.
It’s.music that plays to my soul.
It’s music that sings to my heart
And sometimes… it’s a blues cover from a friend.
Pablo Camara’s collection of covers & original music can be found on his YouTube link @ http://www.youtube.com/user/polcamara/videos
Gracias mi querido amigo Pablo, tu regalo de esta música mece mi mundo.
* GARY MOORE ¨The Messiah Will Come Again¨ (Roy Buchanan)
Album: After the War, 1989.
* Cover by Pablo Cámara.
Zárate, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Backing track: http://soundcloud.com/pablo-camara-1/…
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