Gene’s Song: A Farewell

Gene’s Song

While playing at the assisted living center this morning, one of our friends was passing away in his room. It is hard to describe the emotions from that scene. As we sat together, watching the flow of friends and family coming to pay their respects, a song emerged for the moment. This is our song, Gene’s Song.

So often, in our culture, death is hidden away from public view and we have few experiential “muscles” to help us through these times until we are faced with losing someone close enough to us that we can’t “get away” from this very natural stage of life. 

Gene was only at the center for three weeks and he was often asleep during our time together or talking in ways that made it difficult for us to understand.  But once, while the handpan was comforting us with its healing frequencies, he lifted his head and looked up at us, suddenly alert, and said, “Ahhhh…So peaceful.” 

I feel a great sense of gratitude for this group of people who have allowed me to be a small part of their lives. And I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the handpan and how it has brought healing and peace not only to me but now through me. 

I learn much from them. We laugh together, we play music together, and sometimes we cry together. 

May we all be peace, joy, wholeness, and love in this ever-changing world. 

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Handpan Wandering: A mix of 3/4, 6/8, 4/4, 2/4, including maqsum and malfuf.

30 minutes of unedited Handpan playing I recorded last night as I was working with and through post-concussion symptoms of nausea, tinnitus, disorientation, and migraine. 

I began the session feeling the weight of the symptoms, and ended the session with a sense of lightness, hope, healing, and a different relationship to the pain. 

I continue to be in awe of the healing power of sound. 

Peace ✌️☺️
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Handpan Finger Rolls

Finger rolls have been extremely challenging for me to learn. My brain injury affected the left side of my body (vision, balance, coordination) and I have spent months of intense practice to get to this step on my journey to getting more and more proficient. 

In this video, I share examples as well as tips that I have learned to help me learn finger rolls and begin to incorporate them in compositions. 

Enjoy. Share your thoughts. And let’s continue to learn together. ✌️☺️

Handpan Intro Session

(Demos at 8:51, 18:07, 33:15, and 33:43) Headphones Encouraged

(Demos at 8:51, 18:07, 33:15, and 33:43) Headphones Encouraged

Content includes demonstrations, history of how and why I started playing the handpan, explanation of audio setup, examples of how to build on basic rhythms, and info on how the handpan is helping heal my brain injury.

Headphones or a good stereo system encouraged for best audio experience.

Morning Migraine Medicine Meditation

Music has been one of the most helpful and effective “medicines” for my PCS symptoms.

Recently, I’ve been learning to play and leaning on the didgeridoo to help heal my brain and to effectively deal with symptoms, including migraines.

This morning, my migraine was deep enough and painful enough to bring unsolicited “pain tears” to my eyes. The type of pain that can feel all-encompassing.

So, I picked up the didge and my singing bowl and breathed and noticed and wondered and watched and listened. Through this meditation of the senses, my migraine has largely dissipated and my mood is noticeably brighter. My body and mind are more balanced and the pain is localized and not all-encompassing.

I’m grateful today for the wisdom that arises out of our wholeness and the healing power of music and the breath that dwell within us.

I left the recording in its raw form. I would recommend a good set of headphones if you choose to listen.

Come be with me and enjoy the healing tones of the singing bowl and didgeridoo, as well as the common sounds of the breath, a creaking chair, and the swallowing of life-giving water.