111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression
Day 9: Irish and Native American Music
Irish music and Native American melodies fill my soul. One lifts while the other reaches the deepest crevices of my tattered spirit.
As the fiddle grounds me, the Irish flute raises my spirit and sends it dancing. The beautiful melodies of the harp bring the angels to earth, and the pure, crisp tone of a Celtic voice sends the music back to the heavens.
The haunting melodies of Native American music spoke to me even before I knew of our rumored ancestral connection. The interweaving notes blend, creating a piece that needs no lyrics to convey its message. I listen to the sounds of my ancestors even though I’ve yet to find the roots in my continued family history research.
Cultural music represents, reflects, and highlights tradition in each heritage. Incorporating Celtic and Native American music into my musical listening repertoire deepens the connection I have to those who came before and motivates me to tread along my own spiritual path.
**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 103 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**