Muse Power: How Recreational Music Making Heals Depression and Other Symptoms of Modern Culture (Chapter 6, page 1 of 8)

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Chapter 6

"In the United States alone, millions of people buy millions of records and spend millions of dollars on concert tickets. MTV is one of the largest successes of the century. Yet, active, physical, human participation in the processes of live music and dance affirms life in ways that can not be bought or sold. "(21)

"The benefits of Recreational Music Making extend far beyond music. It ultimately affords unparalleled creative expression that unites our bodies, minds and spirits."

Karl T Bruhn "The experience of music making is much richer and more complex than conventional western esthetics allows, since in experiencing the relationships in music making we are experiencing the relationships of the wider world as we conceive them to be and as we believe they ought to be." (18)

Before bars, nightclubs, and techno there was the art of Making Music together as a community. Drummers, with hands on skin, played all night long with dancers sweating, singing, chanting and grooving for ceremonies, celebrations and even the "normal" days in between. People gathered where the music was, and celebrated the human experience together humbly as a participatory experience where everyone was part of the magic. Each person's contribution was part of creating something greater for everyone and everyone was invited to be active in the dance, in the music, and in the experience.

It wasn't just the young 20 somethings that came out like in a lot of the "scenes" of the modern world, but the whole community was drawn together: grandmas, the kids, brothers, sisters, friends, the whole tribe came together to be a part of something that broke the mundane and gave allowance for something deeper and more meaningful to come thru. Some may call it "entertainment" now, but the roots of music culture are community based and much more of a Participatory Experience than a Spectator Sport. It was people singing together, sharing stories and life experiences thru the dance, thru the songs, thru stories, and people witnessing each other in life.

Keepin it Live!

A live music experience is a two-way sharing process: those playing the music share it with those listening, dancing or observing; and they in turn share their energy with those playing the music. This melding is not just communication, or the processing of information (Meyers 1967:Ch1), but communion." (21)

"Another amazing night of music, drumming, dancing, sweating the stress out of the bones of my being! This medicine of community music is, for me, far more than anything else can give me. It's real, it's tangible, it's hands moving, eyes seeing, feet pounding, body shaking, soul resurrecting truth beyond anything else.

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