Escapes

 

A few weeks ago, I received a gift from a reader named Jeff. After reading my Autism entry, he e-mailed me asking if he could send a relaxation CD to play for my son. Music is an effective method of relaxation, particularly for those with Autism. Never one to pass up free stuff, I agreed.

I will confess that I was a little worried. When I hear the term, “relaxation music”, I think of sitars and chanting. Neither of these things relax me, as I can’t relax when being creeped out.

I had a massage once with some very disturbing demonic chanting. Completely counter-productive.

When the CD arrived, my apprehension grew when the blurb on the back of the CD case read, “the ideal tempo and rhythm for creative inspiration, massage, yoga, scenic drives, or just winding down.”

At least it didn’t mention meditation. I don’t have anything against any of these things, I just don’t understand the particular soundtrack people use to do them.

It took a while for me to actually play it. I usually tune the DIRECTV to my favorite music station (Channel 832, Adult Alternative) or listen to my Playlist on the computer.

I play CD’s in the car and since I’m always running late, I never remembered to grab the CD off the desk.

I was feeling really guilty about not listening to it. Jeff wasn’t pushy. In fact, he never once contacted me and said, “Why haven’t you mentioned my CD?” or “Have you listened to it yet?”

Of course, that made me feel more guilty. I immediately put it in my car for the next trip. And it sat in the CD changer for a week, unheard.

Then, on a day when the kids were being particularly loud and irritable, I remembered the CD. If it could calm down my rowdy bunch until we got home, that would be high praise indeed. I turned it on, hoping for the best, preparing for the worst, and was pleasantly surprised.

Not a sitar, singing bowl, gong, or chanter anywhere. Just a guitar and a piano, playing pleasant relaxing music. It was playing for a couple of minutes before I noticed the kids had gone silent. Seriously, not a peep.

I drove for another five minutes when the 12-year-old asked, “What is this music?”

I answered, “It’s instrumental. It’s nice, isn’t it?”

He said, “It’s making me sleepy.” The other three kids agreed.

DING DING DING! We have a winner!

This is now my “go-to” CD when the kids are getting rowdy. They immediately calm down. They may talk, but it’s in a quieter voice. I use it sparingly, in fear they’ll acclimate to it, but it still works every time I turn it on. For them and for me.

escapes-cdThe CD is “Escapes” by Jeff Gold. You can buy or download “Escapes” and more music by Jeff Gold by going to http://jeffgold.bandcamp.com/album/escapes-music-for-relaxing or www.jeffgoldmusic.com

When you enter the code “momfog” in the shopping cart you will receive a 20% discount. A free download is included with the purchase of a CD.

“Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child’s potential for development.” ~Dr. Clive Robbins

Nordoff-Robbins uses music therapy to help over 100 handicapped children learn and to relate and communicate with others.