"...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.
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.
According to articles and books I've read, we are consuming more music then ever before thanks in large part to the access offered by smartphones, iPods, mp3 players, and the Internet (Sloboda, 2010). But the lost art I am referring to isn't simply consuming an aesthetic art, it is being actively involved in its creation. No right or wrong, no perfectionism, no expectation that you'll be the next Rachmaninoff, Monet, Bruce Springstein, or Shel Silverstein.
What do you think?
Hallam, S. & MacDonald, R. (2009). The effects of music in community and educational settings. In S. Hallam, I. Cross, and M. Thaut (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology (p. 471-480). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sloboda, J. A. (2010). Music in everyday life: The role of emotions. In P. N. Juslin and J. A. Sloboda (Eds.), Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications (p. 493-514).