Muse Power: How Recreational Music Making Heals Us from Depression and Other Symptoms of Modern Culture
by Cheri Shanti
Review From Conscious Dancer:
“Craving something deeper?” asks Cheri Shanti. “Music heals us; music brings us together; music builds community; music is the universal language of all time, all space. This is your invitation!” In Cheri’s eyes, each of us is capable of being a musician, and by doing so we can experience a greater sense of community, feeling of belonging,and the ability to overcome depression, anxiety and deep seated fears.
As shown throughout Shanti’s own story and those shared in this book, the experiences of playing music, dancing, drumming and participatory music making can create mysterious openings and transformations in our lives. These opportunities allow us to explore our longing for human connection in ways that modern culture does not: Western society’s usual space for tribal experience-the bar or nightclub-may capitalize on the vital human need to be together, but it capitalizes equally on disconnection, depression and anxiety. There is indeed a hunger for a deeper community sharing in a place more sacred than a bar.
Shanti offers insight into how to overcome our fears and “I can’t do it” programming around the sacred and magical play of music-making so that we can bring it into our lives as a daily practice. No matter your experience level, “Muse Power” is likely to touch something in you and entice you to play, dance, sing and share.
Conscious Dancer, Volume 8, Fall Issue page 38
“Cheri has created a rich and inisghtful book on the far reaching impact of music on today’s society as well as it’s importance to us as individuals. She has woven together, not only very provocative research and important facts about sound and psychology, but also her own moving experiences in one of the human race’s most valuable resources: music.”
Ty Burhoe, Professional Tabla Player, Student of Zacchir Hussein
“I have taught drums with Cheri on several occassions and this book is great as I feel that I can continue learning from Cheri. Cheri has such great energy and brings such a unique blend of feminine insight, power and passion to the art of drumming. Muse Power reminds us of the healing power of music as a way of building community and relationships. I love drumming, community and relationships and so does Cheri! Thanks Cheri, I love what you are doing! Bravo on creating this great educational journey.”
Royel, “Futureman” Wooten of the Grammy Award Winning Band, The Flecktones
“Cheri definitly channels the powers of the muses when she performs as a singer, or leads the circles of ecstatic percussion. This book is yet another manifestation of her incredible and beautiful energy: a welcome contribution to the growing testimony to the healing magic of music.”
Cameron Powers, “Musical Missions of Peace”