People sang “Ave Maria” to release their emotions when Notre Dame burned in 2019.
Mike Protzam is a 1979 Fallbrook High School Alumni who enjoys music. He played in the band and performed in the high school’s Godspell. To start his presentation, he told a love story of his parents and asked to to feel our heart beat and breath. This is the basic music for all of us. He invited us into a virtual concert hall with songs of love songs. His parents love song was “Til There Was You” from The Music Man, and it brought tears to his dad’s eyes. Both parents passed away early in his dad’s life. Since his dad was an orphan, it was amazing to see him that in love in public  — particularly for a midwesterner.

Why did people sang “Ave Maria” as the Notre Dame burned in 2019? Tons of videos appeared showing this moment. Singing was all people could do while Notre Dame burned. Often, people sing and play music in adversity. After an earthquake Port au Prince, Haiti, a band starts to play, and people sing and chant amid the rubble. People danced and musicians played after six months after Katrina in New Orleans. People hold hands to get closer and connect. It causes mental solidarity.

Feelings reside an emotional spectrum as shown by the Plutchick Wheel of Emotions. We need a common language for emotions to discuss how they work.  Emotions open a way into your heart. The intensity of joy moves into serenity that increases into ecstasy. What emotions do you feel in resilience? Rotarians wrote in the chat were fear, interest, adventure, sadness, and joy. It all in there! Multiple emotion experiences can be found in music.

There are only two rules: Choose music you love and listen on purpose. What is a song you love that contains all the emotion in resilience? It could be a hymn or a country western song. Use your song for a resilience practice. Use neuroplasticity to create new neural pathways for use when we need them. Keep repeating your resilience practice.  You will focus and connect to your resilience. We can all hear music in our minds; now we move to connect it to a purpose. It takes about 16 practices to make the neuron pathways. Our systems respond to music we hear as well as play in our minds. It helps heal, need less medication, helps with memory like in the movie “Alive Inside,” helps the homeless, and conquers fears, A compelling idea!