Musicians and Health-The physicalness of music
Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.
Those of us who have played music know the soothing resonation of the instrument against us. Whether it’s drums, cello, harp, guitar, bass, piano or horns, the vibrational energy of music resonates best through a clean clear channel. To be the ultimate vessel for the grace of music, one must be healthy spiritually, mentally and physically.
Physical health is a daunting task when we’re traveling on buses or airplanes, on stage, in the studio. We’re exposed to cigarette smoke, fatty fast foods and unhealthy, dark and negative atmospheres.
Learn to respect your physical health and make time for it. As tour time draws near, consider investing in a travel cooler and stock it with fresh foods to last a day into your tour. As rations are depleted, instead of heading to the next fast food stop, go to a market and load up on salads, fruit and other healthy choices. Make healthy food part of your hospitality rider. Instead of sitting in a bar drinking before your performance, consider taking a walk.
You devote care and maintenance to your instrument.
Think of your body as an instrument. Care for and maintain it. Keep your channel clear and your vessel clean and strong.