I used to know. I used to know determinedly. I used to hope ferociously. I used to excel at overcoming hardship. I knew there must be a light at the end of the tunnel and I was fighting for the light…

But life is not certain and I am certainly not…. And now I am searching out how to earth and ground a certain hope into an uncertain world. It is tricky. It is tricksy. It is overwhelming.

Nature calls, music plays, and an ancient song calls me deeper, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”. So I gather the tools that I have and I dig deeper below the un-rest to find my peace.

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Where heaven and earth meet….

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Places.”

On mountain or beach, up high or down low, each place has its own personality, its own flavour, its own uniqueness, its own store of treasure to gift to the world…

So I can state a preference on a particular day due to my particular mood, but for me the really interesting stuff happens when I am planted, rooted, culturally embedded, stuck in the mess of it, and from there – up from the depths and resonating with the heavens – from there begins a song that connects and sustains…

There was a man Jacob who discovered something like this in the Old Testament. He used a rock for a pillow when the sun went down in the middle of nowhere, and he encountered a transcendent space: “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

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A small voice sounding….

Hi – and welcome to this blog all about music in everyday life and its potential for transformation and social change! I’m interested in lots of areas within this broad topic, e.g.: music and health, music and context, music and the transcendent, music and power, music and time, music and meaning-making, music and culture, music providing frames to support community development; an exhausting, but not exhaustive list!!

I am a singer/songwriter and a music therapist and I have been on a faith journey in life, that has taken me out of what I thought I knew into a world of participation and possibilities. I am from Wales, UK, I love the land of my fathers and I draw inspiration from the Welsh Bardic tradition of story, poetry and song as relevant sounds to shape a community. I hope to use this site to further explore my thinking, by putting pen to paper (in a virtual format!) but also to connect with others who will then give shape to the next phase of life and living! You’re welcome to join me on this journey – I will be glad of your company! Croeso!! (Welsh for ‘Welcome’)

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Introducing music and health

Music for health and wellbeing is a growing topic of interest the western world. Where have we arrived in our understanding of health? – what is wellness/illness? how do we view (dis)ability? As a music therapist, I have worked with a wide variety of people with a range of life challenges, and the overriding message that I am left with is that every person on this planet is unique! Absolutely!! It has blown me away on many occasions! Our bodies, our minds, our mindsets, talents, failures, tragedies, dreams, fears, our expectations, our resilience, our meaning-making, our beliefs – all of them shaped by our history, our environment, our individual and social lens, our worldview, and many other factors that can be characterised and compartmentalized  – all of these things come together, with a whole host of similarities between people and yet with a configuration that means there is no-one just like you! With this in mind, does it seem like a good fit that we have exclusively married medicine to science?? After going a long way down this path, it seems that now is the time to address what has been missing in our perceptions of what it means to be healthy and well. So music has much to offer in matters physiological, psychological, social and spiritual! – all up for exploration and celebration! Whoopee!!!

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