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. . . on the Magic of the Harp


I think one of the greatest joys I have in life is that of listening to Georgia Kelly play the harp. Some say that the slow, even vibrational waves causes the rhythms of our bodies to synchronize with that of the music, thereby promoting healing processes. Physiologists have claimed for years that external vibrations affect the frequencies with which living organisms which are in their immediate vicinity to vibrate. (1) 1 don't know about that, but I do know that no matter how foggy my mind may become following a typical outing, especially one to a grocery store, within minutes of my putting on the music, the harp music works it magic. My mind simply clears; everything feels fresh and new. My senses suddenly come alive, and I become aware of the beauty of surrounding me. My thoughts flow so easily, and my recent torment becomes only a vague memory.

I know that even though my brain has developed considerably since those days of childhood, I remain vulnerable to the volume stress in my environment. Indeed, since I live in an urban area, my senses are frequently overwhelmed. Noise seems ever-present in life, causing a condition I later came to know as auditory overload. There is traffic, with the usual sounds of roaring trucks, the honking horns of impatient college students, and trains and ambulances in the distance. Sometimes I feel like my head is about to explode., and it is difficult not to allow it to all to affect me emotionally. Thank goodness for aspirin.

Following the auditory overload, the also inevitable visual overload at the store would become even more of a problem, and so forth in a never-ending cycle. Then, out of necessity, I would still have to drive home. Road signs would be everywhere, all demanding my attention. I want desperately to ignore them, but can't. Then finally at home, I must leave the lights off for a while, for all the preceding stress would cause even ordinary room lighting to become intolerable.

So, Ms. Kelly, thank you for your music. My brain appreciates it.

(I) Jennifer Dumm. (1999). The Physiological Model [Online]. Available HTTP:

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  • * "A Reason for Hope: Insights into Autism" by Daniel R. Hawthorne, copyrighted 2007. "Child of the Forest" by Daniel R. Hawthorne, copyrighted 2004.

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