Music

Dr. Diamond’s Books on Music

 


The Life Energy in Music: Three Volume Series
The books everyone was waiting for. Including chapters such as “The Healing Power of Music”; “The Life Energy of Music and Performance”; “How to Choose a Recording”; and more.

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The Pulse of Music
“Dr. Diamond’s writings in music are unique. No-one has shown more clearly, or described more inspirationally, the relationship between music and health.”

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Singing and Surgery: Waking Up with a Song
Inspired by a series of surgical operations undergone by Dr Diamond in the spring of 2010, this remarkable book was created to encourage others to view surgery as a spiritual, transcendental experience, rather than one rooted in fear and anxiety.

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The Healing Power of Music

John Diamond, M.D.

Extract from the book 
The Life Energy in Music, Vol. 1

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I honor music as a true and great therapy that activates the life energy within each individual. Hippocrates called this the Vis Medicatrix Naturae – the Healing Power of Nature. Paracelsus spoke of it as the Archaeus.

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Riding the Crest

John Diamond, M.D.

Extract from the book 
The Pulse of Music

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Imagine that you are on a surfboard riding a wave. If you are right up on the wave, you will be easily carried forward. You have nothing to do but keep your balance. All the power is in the wave.

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Post-Op Singing

John Diamond, M.D.

Extract from the book 
Singing and Surgery: Waking Up with a Song

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I have had three previous experiences of post-op singing.

The first was many years ago, when I woke up—oxygen mask still on—singing Irish folk songs because I had somehow heard the Irish accent of the nurse.

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Loneliness and Detachment

John Diamond, M.D.

Extract from the book 
 Medicine and Beyond: The Diamond Reports, Vol. 1 

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For over fifty years I have listened intently to music. Hundreds of conductors, hundreds of orchestras, thousands and thousands of performers, composers and compositions. And millions upon millions of musical phrases and gestures, and maybe billions of notes.

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Cantillatory Music

By John Diamond, M.D.

Something suddenly happened to me in the concert hall. I felt as though I had been shaken awake. It was as if I had become totally dissociated from the musical activity before me. I was totally detached, as if it had nothing to do with me. I was in no way involved.

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Lucky and His Magic Broom

By John Diamond, M.D.

Someone in Austria told me about Lucky — he played the broom! I eventually found him in a tiny village where he’d farmed all his life.

We spent some hours with him while he played and showed us how to. You hold the broom in your left hand, the stick tilting back at an angle over your left shoulder.

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Two Choices

By John Diamond, M.D.

This is a story about Sam and Maria who had been dear friends of mine for many years. Even when I first met them they were obviously having problems with their marriage. The details need not concern us here. Every time I visited them, it seemed that there was more hatred.

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