When played in healthcare, the harp has its own acoustic sound and presence. It takes on a quality of its own.
There’s also an alchemy and dialogue that happens between the listener/patient and the harpist. Layers of nuance are hard to capture when we play music in the service of others. The music ebbs and flows as I adjust to suit the person I am playing for.
~ played my harp and supported people just as their new babies are born.
~ been present as people suffered great sorrow, experienced joy, pain, grief and hope in times of unexpected challenges.
~ accompanied patients at the time of their death and played for their family at their funeral.
~ listened to people telling me their dreams, hopes and triumphs.
~ soothed and nurtured frontline health workers, doctors, caregivers and people in our community seeking respite.
~ provided harp music to calm and nurture animals at the zoo and pets in distress.
Harp music has special qualities to comfort, uplift, provide beauty, relax, augment pain relief, encourage reminiscence and assist mindfulness. It is truly a magnificent instrument.