A friend of mine owns a small recording studio, Mountain Peak Studio, here in St. Louis. Robert has been a musician for some 15 years, mostly playing bass guitar, but he also plays some piano and clarinet. The recording studio sort of started as a retirement project and he has worked diligently over the years to build his dream. He is very passionate about his work and can easily talk for hours about all the intricacies of the recording business. He cites George Martin, the former Beatles producer, as one of his greatest influences. I really don’t understand a lot of the technical aspects of his work, but it’s interesting to watch. I, like most people I know, think that the recording process is pretty much straightforward; just flip a switch. It couldn’t be further from the truth. You have to really be able to respect the nuances involved and have a good understanding of the acoustics and science as well as the art.
A few weeks ago, Robert invited me over to watch an amazing little movie that has been making a lot of noise on the Internet recently. The movie is called “The Secret.” The premise of the movie is simple: we, who are basically made up of energy and vibration, can attract into our lives, anything that we want or dream of. If we ask, it will be given and if we accept and keep our vibrations high, we will receive. Keeping our vibrations going and in alignment is what seems to keep most of us just short of being able to realize our dreams. Maybe that’s what The Beach Boys were saying when they sang about “keeping up good vibrations.”
Throughout history, music in particular forms, has been used to raise vibrations and inspire people. The brain-body connection is well documented in medical research as well as in new age healing. A recent study with cancer patients showed the benefits of being more in a relaxed Alpha brain wave state. They found that one of the best ways to accomplish this state is to listen to solo harp music. Maybe that’s why this type of healing music has been associated with angels and heaven for such a long period of time. Classical music, as well as Gregorian and Buddhist chants seem to have the same effect on mind-body integration.
Sound moves and vibrates matter and music seems to vibrate into patterns than can heal as well as elevate your spirit. It has been shown that listening to music can help with everything from social interaction skills to coordination to our ability to learn new information. A prominent physicist once remarked that “the universe is more like music than like matter.” And that may very well be the secret behind “The Secret”.