Right now, at the Starbucks I had a chance meeting with a Cello and Violin players named Willis that was very powerful. At some point in this organic conversation Willis mentioned that in the past he volunteered playing his music at a Psychiatric hospital. He also mentioned that the staff was amazed that Willis could keep the patients attention for hours when they could only do it for minutes. This really got me thinking so I asked him, “why do you think that is?” and he wasn’t quite sure.
What do you think and feel the reason is? I will give you a hint it has to do with Rhythm and Art…
This makes me think of the Eagles song Hotel California “Some dance to remember some dance to forget.” Music is Art and it transforms us to different times of our life…I believe that it gets in our DNA just now as I was writing this I immediately went back 20 years to remember a Happy Days episode called “pump your blood song.” As the following video shows Potsie is having trouble studying for a test so he creates a song to remember the test material.
Sometimes language can be so limiting…We have all heard the statistics that words are 7% of communication, voice qualities (voice, tone, pitch, speed) are 38% and physiology or lack thereof is 55%. As I shared in this Sub-Chapter about Transparent Communication that only equals 99% this got me thinking what does that other 1% represent?
Try this…next time you come across someone who has a degree in rhetoric ask them , what is Rhetoric?” I am sure that made someone laugh ”
Rhetoric (pronounced /ˈrɛtərɪk/) is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations.
A lot of the time communication is so structured it gets in the way of the message.
Art inspires it can penetrate your soul…
Music especially when it inspires movement it influences your Body, Mind and Soul takes you places.
And I believe that this is what the Psychiatric patients were experiencing
A lot of time when people ask me if I am a artist or musician I say
“My art is my words.”
And I challenge you to let your art be your words….
Right now in your own way ask yourself…What type of art am I creating with my words? Who can my words benefit and inspire? What legacy are my words creating? And how will this help me create more freedom in the near future?