Familiar Christian Hymns Extend Easter Religious Experience

San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2007

Sally Fletcher, a professional harpist and author on the healing power of music, receives a steady flow of anecdotal stories from her listeners about the comforting and emotional benefits of her harp renditions of familiar hymns. Because participation in Christian religious services increases during Easter, Fletcher suggests that the heightened spiritual experience be extended by enjoying recordings of favorite hymns throughout the year. Studies have shown the strong emotional effects of music on religious experience, including one published in the Psychology of Music, by researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

There is even evidence that participation in religious services extends life expectancy. The American Journal of Public Health published a research study in 1997 that reported that persons who regularly attended religious services had mortality rates that were 25% lower than those who attended infrequently. Listening to recordings of favorite hymns offers an opportunity to bring the emotional and health benefits of the religious experience into other environments in one’s daily life, because of the strong connection between the favorite hymns and the religious services.

People who attend Fletcher’s harp performances and listen to her CDs often comment that her music emanates warmth, beauty, and healing. She explains that, “your favorite music makes you feel good and gives you positive energy. You can control some of this energy by your choice of music, your companions and your thoughts.” She is especially pleased that one of her most popular CDs is “Hymns for Healing,” a selection of favorite Christian hymns, including “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “In the Garden,” and many others, all performed on the harp.

Sally Fletcher is a professional harpist and author of The Challenge of Epilepsy on her personal experiences with the healing power of music. She knows what it is like to be diagnosed with a supposedly incurable disorder. However, she has been seizure-free with no medication for 18 years, and is an advocate and inspirational speaker on the subject of music therapy to aid healing and promote well-being. Sally is available as a harpist for weddings, festivals, private parties, religious gatherings, special occasions, and corporate events in Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Napa Valley Wine Country. As an experienced, professional musician, she is widely sought after for performances that can cover a broad selection of musical styles, all played on the harp. Her repertoire includes Classical, Popular, Show Tunes, Folk Music, Celtic, Improvisation, Religious and Inspirational. She enjoys playing the best music from every style, adding her own interpretation. A listing of recorded CDs and more information is available at http://www.heavenlyharpist.com.

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Harpist Sally Fletcher Releases New CD of Classical Favorites

San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) May 16, 2007

Sally Fletcher, a professional harpist and author on the healing power of music, has just released her latest CD entitled “Classical Favorites from the Harp,” with popular selections from many of the world’s most famous composers, including Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and others. Fletcher’s goal in offering these easily recognized favorites is to extend her popular series of soothing music that emanates from the healing resonance of the harp.

“Classical music is known as being among the most healthful and relaxing,” states Fletcher. “I believe that easily recognized masterpieces further enhance the experience because there is something very comfortable in the familiar.” This is consistent with her personal interest in the growing health care field of Music Therapy, which is often associated with stress management programs, relaxation, pain management and to promote wellness.

“Classical Favorites from the Harp” is the seventh CD release for Fletcher. Her other titles that specifically focus on the healing power of music include “Healing from the Harp,” “Hymns for Healing” and “Serenity from the Harp.” Her CDs are included in the music libraries of hospitals, spas, health clubs, extended care facilities and many private collections where people are often drawn to the purity of sound that is unique to the harp. According to one of her listeners, “Sally’s mastery of the harp enables me to hear the notes and relish the lingering vibrations of the pauses between them. It’s so visual. I can almost see her fingers against the strings and her arms embracing the instrument.”

Sally Fletcher is a professional harpist and author of The Challenge of Epilepsy on her personal experiences with the healing power of music. She knows what it is like to be diagnosed with a supposedly incurable disorder. However, she has been seizure-free with no medication for 18 years, and is an advocate and inspirational speaker on the subject of music therapy to aid healing and promote well-being. Sally is available as a harpist for weddings, festivals, private parties, religious gatherings, special occasions and corporate events in Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Napa Valley Wine Country. As an experienced, professional musician, she is widely sought after for her performances that can cover a wide variety of music, all played on the harp. Her repertoire includes Classical, Popular, Show Tunes, Folk Music, Celtic, Improvisation, Religious and Inspirational. She enjoys playing the best music from every style, adding her own interpretation. A listing of recorded CDs and more information is available at http://www.heavenlyharpist.com.

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Cady Finlayson Band Brings Spirited Irish Fiddle show to Woodside Queens (Windmuller Park) 7/20

Woodside, Queens NY (PRWEB) July 5, 2007

On Friday, July 20th at 7 p.m., Cady Finlayson and her band will bring Spirited Irish music to Windmuller Park, 52-53 39th Dr. in Woodside, Queens NY. This free concert is presented by Woodside on the Move and will include spirited Irish fiddle with a global twist, beautiful ballads and Irish dancing.

About Cady Finlayson

Called “one of America’s top Celtic fiddlers” by New Age Voice magazine, Cady’s music blends traditional Irish tunes with worldbeat rhythms and American folk, creating a signature sound that appeals to a variety of audiences. “I love to bring Irish music to people who might not normally hear it,” she says.

Cady has performed in 25 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Ireland, including venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Hofstra University Irish Festival and Breezy Point National Park.

Her Irish Coffee CD made the top 100 New Age Reporter World Charts for April and May of 2007 and music from her Harp and Shamrock CD is featured in Irish-American baseball film,”The Emerald Diamond”. Her all-star band line-up includes All-Ireland accordian champion John Redmond, singer Mari Reisberg, guest guitarist Rick Snell, and Tim Alworth on the bodhran (Irish drum).

For additional artist information: please visit http://www.cadyfinlayson.com

Artist interviews: (718) 832-3440

Woodside on the Move (Presenting the concert) (718) 476-8449

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LONG FLUTE & HARP CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLAYLIST – Beautiful Soft Music

Hey friends, Here is a long playlist of instrumental flute and harp Christmas Songs. We hope you enjoy them. Please like and subscribe, thanks :) www.soundin…

Michaelo of Mondo Blue performs a vintage work gang song on his Szylagi jaw harp at the Main Street Coffee Roasters in Redwood City, CA, on May 7, 2011.
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