In 1989, Tami Briggs, an accomplished pianist, began playing the harp. After six months of lessons and daily practice, she began performing at weddings, dinner parties, holiday gatherings, and church services. Her affinity for this unique instrument was present from the beginning, as she personally felt its healing properties and watched people's positive reactions. She saw the harp magically relax, soothe, and comfort listeners.
It was this experience of watching others' reactions to the harp that motivated Tami to study at the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP). There participants learn how to take the harp into hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes. After completing the IHTP, Tami eventually overcame her life long fear of hospitals and began playing at the bedside. She has played for patients with a wide variety of illnesses.
Tami has been privileged to witness many examples of the healing power of therapeutic harp music.
* When she plays medical staff frequently comment, "I didn't administer any additional medical therapies and the patient's vital signs just improved."
* Upon "awakening" from a 30-day coma (Tami played on Day 23), a middle-aged man spoke of not remembering anything except hearing harp music.
* Summoned by the family of a dying man, Tami was asked to play while he transitioned from this life to the next. He died while she was playing.
While other cultures have used complementary care modalities for years, the United States is just beginning to recognize how music (and other complementary care therapies) can augment the healing process. Because of music's potency and power, it can be used to help heal, connect, and support.
Tami is the founding principal of Musical Reflections, a company whose mission is to provide therapeutic music to facilitate healing, transformational growth, and well-being for those experiencing life transitions.
Tami Briggs, founding principal of Musical Reflections, Inc., is a therapeutic harpist, composer, recording artist, and national speaker. She has played the harp at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients, using her musical experience and her clinical training to address the immediate needs of the patient, the patient's loved ones, and the professional staff. Tami is currently involved in a scientific research study measuring the benefits of live harp music on oncology patients.
A dynamic facilitator and presenter, she works with both large and small groups educating them about the healing properties of harp music. She has completed 11 CDs; Grace Notes: Reflections on the Harp and Healing is her first book.
WHAT LISTENERS HAVE SAID ABOUT "AN AMERICAN PRAYER":
"We've had so much drama and this CD helps me focus on peace. This helps the world heal."
"My son, a member of the Special Forces, is in Afghanistan, crawling from cave to cave. I have played your music non-stop; it helps me calm down and gives solace to me during this troubled time."
"Please accept my sincere gratitude for your thoughtful gesture in sending the CD of patriotic music to my son who is a soldier stationed in Germany. He is enjoying that CD as well as the Christmas CD I ordered for him. Because of your kindness, his first Christmas away from family was a little less lonely."
"I received An American Prayer and as I listened to the beloved songs with your inspired harp, I could finally cry and reassess all the stress in my life. We can't minister to the other if we are empty-thank you for ministering to me."
"Just want to let you know that many of my friends and I love your musical style and compositions. I have never been able to relax as much as I can with your music. Thank you for this very special gift."
Check out the artist's website:
1. God Bless America
2. Song of Peace
3. America! and America the Beautiful
5. Prayer of Peace
7. Peace Blessing
8. This Land is Your Land
9. A Call for Peace
10. Simple Gifts
11. Let There Be Peace on Earth
12. Home Sweet Home
13. Dona Nobis Pacem
14. Battle Hymn of the Republic