Music for the Right Hemisphere

  • Don Salmon

    October 15, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Well, this is unimaginably simple music, and the elitist music snob in me (classically trained composer/pianist) is concerned. But since it’s the non judgmental right hemisphere we’re connecting to, perhaps the simple C, G and F major chords will be acceptable:>))

    This is a piece I improvised to my wife, Jan, reading Wendell Berry’s poem, “The Peace of Wild Things”

    • Samuel Ford

      October 16, 2022 at 1:51 am

      Thanks for sharing Don, nothing wrong with simplicity when it’s done right – enjoyed the poem very peaceful. Have you any other pieces online that you’ve composed?

      • Don Salmon

        October 16, 2022 at 5:07 pm

        Here’s the music/videos we have up now:

        I’m in the midst of preparing over 50 new ones, some directly addressing the different forms of attention that Iain describes.

        A few of the videos we already have up deal with different ways of attending. The “Attention Game for Greater Calm” is about evoking the Silence underlying BOTH kinds of attention. The video “How to Use Breathing Videos” has a section near the end where Jan (my wife) leads you through narrow and wide focus attention, typically correlated with left and right hemispheres.

        I’d love to do more attention games. I have some speaking videos where I lead people through some experiments with attention. if you have any suggestions, let me know and I can make a video about it.

  • Euan Duncan

    October 17, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Bach’s Cello Suites, Nos. 1-6, as performed by Jean-Guihen Queyras.

    I also enjoy a lot of electronic music, particularly the grand, almost cinematic tracks you might find in a space opera. Some speak of hope, others of vast unknowns.

    • Samuel Ford

      October 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      Yes, I remember being blown away by the Interstellar and Dune soundtracks, both scored by Hans Zimmer I think.

  • Paul

    November 20, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Hi Euan, Don, Samuel

    Lovely to listen through the music above. Beautiful.

    Here is a track from Virginia Rodrigues which features on her album ‘Nós”. She is a Brasilian from Salvador do Bahia, a city steeped in the traditions of the Candomblé. This song, Eligibo (Uma Historia de Ifa) is beautifully converted from its warlike original by Rodriguez into a soothing lullaby.

    It speaks of a city of light and is a song that resonated with me very strongly at a pivotal moment in my life.

    Anyway, lovely to meet you all.

  • richard ruschman

    August 19, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Te Deum –Arvo Part (ECM CD number 1505, 1993 release). The sound of God singing. the “Te Deum (Part) ” wikipedia article is surprisingly good also. Namaste to All of You

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