Music, A Tie That Binds December 06, 2015 20:37

Once again, another festival season is over and the holiday season is upon us. We always take this time to reflect on the past year, including the places and events we visited, as well as all of the amazing, wonderful, crazy, talented, quirky, fun, and colorful beings we meet along the way. At the heart of it all is music of some kind. This year, was especially successful, not just financially (although it helps!) but in regard to what we have created and accomplished. It's always fun to turn around and take a look back at the year, reflect on what has happened, as well as where we have room to grow and expand our knowledge and skills. There are always a few mistakes to teach us, as well as things we did just right...many lessons, much food for thought.

First and foremost, the thing we enjoy the absolute most about what we do are the many friends we meet. We are so blessed in that we can go places and meet not just new people, but folks we have met and "friended" online through social networking. It's so joyous to have someone walk up to you and go, "Hey, it's nice to meet you, I'm so-and-so from Facebook." It always ends up being a hug-fest and a nice exchange of high vibe loving energy. We know that many people aren't able to do this, and we make sure to give great gratitude that we can connect on a personal level with YOU! So if we are anywhere near your town, please stop by and introduce yourself, this means so much to us.

Because Ed is an instrument maker, is the reason we are able to go to these great festivals and meet these unique and uber talented people. We do sell other things, like my Apothecary items, however the music is the cornerstone of what we do, and is the reason Ed and I met in the first place. For me personally, music has been a part of my life since I can remember, and my Dad was a drummer (although not professionally). My adult life took a turn away from music and musical friends, until I met the Native American style flute. Long story short, the flute is why Ed and I both are where we are today. Never could either of us foreseen the downright awesome things we have been able to accomplish, and the caliber of utterly amazing people we have the good fortune to call friends. One of these friends, an accomplished musician, songwriter, storyteller, wearer of many hats and traveler of many roads, was the officiant at mine and Ed's wedding earlier this year. It was a simple and beautiful ceremony in nature, in the mountains of New Mexico, which wouldn't have happened if it weren't for...music!

Music is one of the ties that binds humanity together, and sound and frequency can also positively affect other sentient life on this Earth as well. Music, along with food, dancing, and storytelling around ancient campfires, festivals, or living rooms, is about as primal as you can get. It can elevate your vibration, and if you are in a group, ensure that everyone around you is also on the same frequency. If you have ever played/sang a song with others, or danced the same dance as others, you notice this by the almost telepathic way you communicate with those in your group. A song or story can ebb and flow effortlessly for this reason. It doesn't matter what kind of music is your favorite, or if you think you can play an instrument or sing, everyone can play something, even a rattle. That is why the instrument that Ed makes (along with other very talented folks), the Native American style flute, is so compelling to many of us. It is the simplest of instruments to learn, even for those with absolutely zero musical background, and no Western rules need apply (unless you attach them to it). This is one of the few musical instruments, including the drum, that one can simply play from the heart. With them, one can draw from an ancient language of sound and vibration that our ancestors knew and felt inherently, but sadly can be lost in this modern world, unless you make it a point to re-connect yourself to it.

Thank you for being our friends and keeping music alive in your hearts. It is one of the best ways to connect to the collective on a soul level and keep your vibration high, as well as raise the vibrations of those around you. Thank you for your support of Tree Of Life, we are grateful for all of you. Have the happiest of holidays and keep making the music!

Dawn Leith-Dougherty, Tree Of Life Designs