Hello Jim, I wanted to send you an email & tell you about what happened this morning.
First, I will tell you I was introduced to you by a friend the day before you did you beautiful world event in April and signed up. (I also sent it to several friends & know a few of them also listened as well). I was extremely moved by your performance & just so thankful you shared your beautiful gift. I could feel many emotions flowing through my body. I have downloaded a few other things from your website & especially love Radiant Heart.
Back to this morning.
I volunteer on Wednesday mornings at the school near my home feeding breakfast to kids in need from kindergarten to grade 5. I’m a Real Estate agent & my office started this at several schools in Toronto (almost everyone contributes financially for the food, but a few actually go & serve it too) I think it brings more to us than to them Anyway, it’s the last month of school & the kids are getting very restless & active. They aren’t allowed to play sports in the cafeteria although they often try so get in trouble from the lady in charge. They are there for about 50 minutes & go outside for 10 minutes before school starts to run around the playground. It only takes about 10 minutes to eat so they have lots of time on their hands & I understand it’s hard from them to stay quiet & still.
My intuition is pretty good & I got that I should take my iPod with portable speakers in to play your music today to calm them down. (I played Radiant Heart). Well, there are 40 or maybe more kids there, so the small portable speakers weren’t all that great for volume level, I should have taken my Bose one instead. (next week I think I will). Anyway, I put it on when I got there and the kids were pretty loud & active already, it usually starts off quieter. There were 4 rows of tables & I put it on one of the middle tables at the end. The ones closer to it could hear it, but those further away, couldn’t. At first a few of them wanted to hear Rock or Pop music I said no this is really good & will calm them down. So then a few of them came closer to check out the speakers & hear it.
This school also has a special program for autistic kids & the ones I have met are pretty great. One has ADD as well so he’s very hyperactive but doesn’t want anyone near him & is often disruptive to everyone around him. Today it was a pretty amazing to see what your music did to him. He started off grabbing a girl’s glasses to wear them, so she grabbed them back & he started screaming & got everyone in the room all upset as you can imagine with all the commotion. We calmed him down & told him to listen to the music. He couldn’t sit down at all he was practically bouncing around, but about 4 or 5 minutes later was calm as anything & you would never know there was any problem. He was even playing nicely with the other kids, which he never does.
Then a few other ones at a time came over to where the music was & sat with me to listen to it. They were really enjoying the speakers & touching them. Because I had it on so loud it was vibrating, so we talked about how sound vibrates. I asked one of them if he thought that he was learning the notes if they were vibrating into him & would be able to play it on a piano now? He said for sure he could. So cute Jim. They also said they looked like spaceships. I asked them if they knew how to play any music & 2 of them play flute & read the sheet music in class. One girl got hers out & played for me. Another girl was really tired & looked like she wanted to fall back asleep. I tried to get her to eat to get some energy, but she wasn’t interested. After listening to the music I tried to get her to move as she was sitting to show how the music was flowing through her body (dancing as she was sitting of course I demonstrated). She was grumpy & sleepy & not interested, but after a few minutes really perked up even though she didn’t dance the music got into her soul.
After playing your music today the overall feel & energy in the room was completely different, definitely calmer, but happy too. Just to remind you that many couldn’t even hear it clearly only those closest to it. I believe it was the energy of your beautiful music, plus the ones that heard it & were impacted by it. It shifted the energy in the room.
I went to work out at lunch time & ran into a teacher I know from a different school. I told her about the experience & even played the music for her from my iPhone. She loved the story & said she will get some music from your website & play it for her grade 1 & 2 split class, she told me they have been restless for a couple of months now.
I know the rest of my day was different because of the experience, and hope that others there felt it as well.
I had to take the time to write you & share this as I know you love to hear how your music is making a difference. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful gift with the world. Blessings & Light