"...every human being has a social and biological guarantee of musicianship and evidence (suggests) that everybody, regardless of social, educational, psychological or medical aspects can communicate through music." (Hallam & MacDonald, 2009, pg. 472)
I dare you not to smile as you watch this 3:44 minute video clip (click here if you are having trouble viewing the video):
My previous blog post was also inspired by a video, but in a more analytic way. This one is different. This time I simply want to list why I love and appreciate this video as a music therapist, as a mother, as a musician, and as a human being.
- The conductors were allowed to play and be creative. There was no right or wrong way to create music.
- People smiled and laughed. The musicians, the conductors, and the audience members. Regardless of previous experience and training, this was a social bonding experience.
- The conductors were able to express their own personality and style in their conducting technique. (I also can't help but wonder how many have always wanted to "tap-tap-tap" on the stand before raising the baton . . . )
- This experience engaged younger and older members in the crowd.
- It provided a safe space for individuals to take a risk. They were supported by the musicians and the crowd.
- The musicians responded to the conductors and reflected their personalities and conducting styles.
- The musicians themselves were game to take a risk and have a laugh (note minute 1:24).
This video also makes me wonder if this is becoming a lost art. By "this" I mean those everyday opportunities to play, to create something aesthetic, to take creative risks.