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Music Medicine: The Science and Spirit of Healing Yourself with Sound
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2012
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As a drum circle facilitator and musician in Florida, I was eager to read another resource book to support my passion for drumming and the global connection we are creating. So when Christine's book hit the racks, I was one of the first to purchase it. As typical of me when reading a guide, an educational book, a drum resource, I had my trusty yellow highlighter and my notebook to transfer the information pertinent to my interests. By the middle of the first chapter, I realized I was highlighting almost all of the pages and transferring almost all of the content to my notepad. After I good laugh, I put them all down, I laid back in the recliner and read, read, read the entire book. This book is so full of new information, ancient history, music & drumming theory, cultural nuances, and more -- that I realized it was to be absorbed, embraced, and embodied - much like she mentions in her book about the music medicine. To really resonate with the energy and intention of the book, we must feel its RHYTHM in our BODIES; LISTEN to its MELODY with our HEARTS; HARMONIZE with stories told and recreate these stories with our circles and our SOULS; and then absorb the essence and purpose it radiates and sit in SILENCE allowing it to enter our SPIRIT core. I am delighted to have this book as my #1 drum bible resource.....it is one of those books that each time you read it you see, hear, and feel something different, something helpful, something to share. I've already used the beginning chapter about the 4 elements of our body and rhythm, in a recent full moon drum pow wow. It allowed us to listen differently to the music and allow it to heal and inspire us. It was and will be a life-changer! Thank you Christine Stevens, my mentor from afar, you've done it again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2012
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A beautiful eloquent read; it is so simple, touching ones basic roots,that it is profound. We come to realize that music, like life, has many facets. The deeper our understanding and participation, the deeper and more meaningful our life becomes. To fulfill ones intellectual callings, numerous research studies support the powerful effects of music. The descriptions of Christine's multi-cultural experiences emphasize the humanistic elements that foster the oneness of humanity. Reading this book is much more than a literary experience; it is a complete experiential trip when combined with the accompanying musical selections, which enrich us in multiple ways -bringing not only awareness but joy and spiritual centering. For those who felt previously that music was just a wonderful"listening" experience; your horizons will be greatly enhanced.
To quote Christine,"We don't make music; music makes us."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2012
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I have followed Christine Stevens' work from the other side of the continent for years and have purchased her materials previously. However I do have two issues with this latest book.

1-I couldn't put it down
2-Had I continued to underline I would have ended up doing so to the entire volume.

I highly recommend this book, written in clear and understandable form with both better than competent understanding of the subject matter and generosity toward those of us who don't.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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'Music Medicine' guides you on an inspiring journey into the essential and inter-related aspects of music. Drawing on her unique experiences as a therapist, musician and seeker, Christine Stevens does an amazing job at weaving together the medicinal and spiritual aspects of music, and offering practices that are truly healing, uplifting, and yes, FUN! The concepts are well explained and also accompanied by an online playlist of fantastic music - if the text doesn't convince you, the music will. The book relies not only on the time-honored wisdom of ancient sages, but also on modern-day scientific studies, which are explained in a very easy-to-read and entertaining fashion. One of the great messages I took away from reading the book was this: LIVING the music is as important as listening to it. Christine lives the music, and this book will help you to do so as well. The results are life-changing, the healing is profound. I can't recommend it enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
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I really loved this book.
As someone with not a lot of theoretical experience with music but with big love for it,
this book inspired me to just get in and have a go, and to do it with energy and heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
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This book is such a refreshing and uplifting resource for any health care professional or any person wanting to get more rhythmic and creative. I have found myself continually inspired and exited while reading the book and also interested in other related workshops and resources by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2013
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I use it in my drum circles and in my brain fitness classes. She is an inspiration, as always. Try her other books as well.
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on February 12, 2013
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Ever notice the beauty & harmony in nature ... & wish this could somehow happen in your life as well?
Pure & Simple: 'Music Medicine' is the 'soul' available key resource to make it happen.

Truly profound yet practical, this is one of the few books I will prize, keep, share & use -*- literally for life. More than a versatile, expansive guide & toolkit, Music Medicine supportively connects at the heart ... to stabilize, encourage, & positively serve ... as an ongoing & evolving cherished companion & advocate for life. This simply & soundly links 'music & leadership' in connected, enlightening, life-expansive ways. Why weight ... and wait for it to happen? Get this now, for life.
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on January 8, 2015
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fabulous! Informative! Moving! A must have.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2015
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Just what I was looking for! Thank you
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