I recently contributed a guest post to the Savette Gazette, which is an online publication written by a dear woman called Wendy Hurst. She raises awareness for children with special needs, specifically Autism, which she documents on her blog, and takes us through her journey with her own children, who have special needs themselves.
It was a real honour to have been asked to write this piece, and it was wonderful for me to put my thoughts to paper, on how i feel about music and its ability to connect and communicate with children, especially those kids going through difficulty.
“Music is a very personal experience.
Whether you are listening to it, making it, dancing to it, or playing it – it resonates with a deep and mystical part of our beings.
It can produce such a wide range of emotions in an individual, and the sounds, tone and rhythms of a song, can have a profound impact on a person, well beyond the field of rational understanding.
For me, the idea to write an album for children all came from a moment, that made it clear to me, just how powerful music can be……..
I was looking after my friends little girl, who at the time was about a year old, and she was extremely overtired, so she was squirming and crying, and fighting going to sleep. I certainly couldn’t reason with a baby that it would be a good idea for her to get some rest, so on pure instinct, I gently pressed my mouth to her forehead, and started humming some notes, ever so softly, and within about a minute, she had fallen asleep in my arms.
When this happened, I couldn’t stop thinking about how incredible it was that you could produce such a feeling of ease and comfort, simply by using gentle sound and music to connect the dots to another’s energy field.
I had always seen music as a vessel to communicate with people, but to see it in action like this was pretty life changing for me.
It was almost like the album wrote itself after that, because I was so clear on what I wanted it to be. To create an atmosphere of calming and soothing for a family, that unwinds and settles, falls into soft rhythms and takes you with it on its musical journey, to mirror the journey of your own internal rhythms at nighttime.
I know I search for music to help me connect with parts of myself that I need too, and I know it can be used communicate when all else fails.
Everything that has happened since I made the album, and hearing other people’s stories with music; how it helped a child who was struggling with anxiety, helped a baby start breastfeeding again, helped a young child settle when her parents were going through a difficult divorce.
Just the immensely positive impact it has had on their lives, has reinforced my knowing that music is a naturally integrated part of our being, that should be engaged with as much as we possibly can.”