Friday Morning Musings

Feb 19, 2021

Nurture nature

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

Years ago one of my students asked if I’d start playing water music during our T’ai Chi Chih classes.

Great idea, so I started sharing various pieces but I kept feeling disappointed in their lack of aliveness as if something was missing.

Maybe it was that everything felt too canned, predictable and what I really wanted to experience was wild uncut sounds that invoke a sense of freedom.

Through a series of serendipitous events I met Emmy winning producer, Gordon Hempton, an acoustic ecologist who offered to co-create a mix of local wild nature sounds for my classes.

A month later I found myself sitting in his studio with stereo headphones on, multiple computers, light boards, microphones, and various recording equipment all working together – a techie jungle of wild and wonderful things I knew nothing about!

We met twice, and the first time we created a rough cut that I shared with my students, and their requests informed the final cut resulting in the cd titled Healing Sea, Sounds of the Salish Sea.

AAA’s Journey magazine just featured Gordon sharing about Rialto Beach which he considers “the most magical beach in the world due to a harmonious coming together of instruments: the mighty Pacific Ocean’s rhythmic beats as its tide ebbs and flows, the beach’s natural incline, and sections of sand, gravel and pebbles that blend, turn, and churn with each wave and retraction.”

Gordon captured the sonorous voice of an ancient Sitka Spruce laying upon Rialto Beach which creates the deep reverb on our cd, and the magazine shared a picture of him kneeling inside one of the driftwood trees.

“With their flexing fibers, each piece comprises a secret symphony of nature’s own violins reverberating the sounds of the surf” according to Hempton.

For an off-the grid sensory experience you can visit Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park or explore two apps: iNaturalist and Cornell University’s Merlin Bird ID to make the most of your adventure.

Gordon is a gifted naturalist, and if you’d like a copy of our HEALING SEA cd just click here

Listening to these nature sounds induces peaceful sleep, releases stress, reduces pain and even declutters stuck energy.

Also, I wanted you to know that I’ve had a request to share practices for reducing arthritis pain, and if that’s something you are interested in, let me know and I’ll add you to the wait list.

All righty, that’s it for this week…thinking of you, and hope you can get outside and play this weekend.