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  • Genre:FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
  • SubGenre:Love & Romance
  • Language:English
  • Pages:200

Harmonology

An Insider's Guide to Harmonious Relationships Through Music

by Stephen John O'Connor

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Overview

Harmonology is about connecting the accepted and honored rules of Counterpoint, namely, how two or more notes (vibrating bodies) must act to produce the greatest degree of harmony, with our relationships.

Description

Music holds a special place in our lives. Emotionally influencing, it soothes our souls or excites us to victory. Music’s mystery is hidden within its vibratory structure. Quantum physics dictates that everything in nature - including humans – vibrates, radiating energy outward similar to a rung bell. We are intrinsically musical beings and will therefore be influenced by musical laws. Within this principle lays profound truths. Each person produces their own musical note interacting with other people in relationships. The space between these notes - the interval - determines the quality these two notes make in a relationship and is defined as Harmony. Over the centuries, musicologists described how these harmonic intervals convey the totality of all human emotions and desires from joy to sadness, tension to meditative calm. In Western music, the chromatic scale comprises of 12 notes; mapped to the twelve months of the year, these twelve notes become connected to our birth month. Alone, our personal musical note is just a melody with no harmony; our relationships weave two people’s vibrational energies to create a powerful musical interval. Just as musicologists predicted, these twelve musical interval relationships can beautifully reflect our human emotions, desires and expressions of interpersonal relationships. Harmonology is a unique and intriguing analysis of how our musical essence can create harmonious and successful relationships by understanding our underlying vibrations while learning a more gracious way of interacting within them. When comparing relationships to musical intervals, the author found significant overlap between our relationship’s emotional experiences and the musical interval’s emotional expressions. Through the author's research, he found that some couples were able to overcome some of the darker and challenging emotional characteristics through changing the way they interacted and achieved a deeper appreciation for their relationships using methods called "Inversion" and “Lateralization”. Just as energy is constantly in flux, each partner will alternate between being the melody and the harmony. When tension or support is needed in the relationship, Harmonology describes “Inversion” as an increase or decrease in your vibrational energy to open up your relationship’s ability to become more malleable and help adapt during your life’s journey. This concept is accompanied by a shift from a logical, analytical and objective mindset to an intuitive, meditative and subjective one, a prcoess termed “Lateralization.” For each of the musical intervals in the book, the author describes the qualities, the challenges, and the opportunities for growth and joy. He goes on to discuss the benefits Harmonology brings to even larger groups than just two people; families, sports teams, project teams, corporate executives. By opening and shifting your relationship dynamic, you can attract the relationship quality you desire and deserve. All forms of relationships benefit from understanding their musical connections. Use the insight from Harmonology to take control of your life and help cease the reoccurring spiral of unhealthy relationships you may be experiencing. Use it to remain in-tune and to recognize and dispel strong influences and diffuse or correct potentially intense conversations. Apply Harmonology to your life to learn insight and perspective to achieve the most harmonious relationships, whether with your lover, children, boss, employee or best friend.

About the author

San Diego recording artist Steve O'Connor is well known for not only his masterful jazz guitar work, but also as a composer, arranger and producer. Steve was born in San Diego and attended San Diego State University. He was awarded the prestigious Down Beat Magazine Scholarship for Jazz Composition and Improvisation to Berkeley School of Music. Following that, he became a studio guitarist in Southern California. Steve performed with such luminaries as Red Mitchell, Bob Magnusson, Charles MacPherson, Bob Mover, The Joe Farrell Big Band, featuring ex-Chick Corea saxophonist Farrell, Mike Wofford, Don Menza, Frank Rosolino, Russell Farrentes (of Yellow Jackets fame), Oscar Brashear and John Gurin of the L.A. Express. He led a jazz group called "Stream" with renowned bassist Jeff Rew, Ogden, Jim Plank, Magnusson and Joe Marillo. His extraordinary talent in composing led him to composing for Sea World, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Disney, the Muppets, the Republic of China, the 1994 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Seville World's Fair and the Kennedy Space and Rocket Center, as well as TV and radio commercials for Jeep, Toyota, Chrysler, Folgers Coffee, NBC, etc. One of his more challenging commissions, The Nautilus Suite, was a composition for five jazz soloists and full orchestra, for the San Diego Symphony––which featured the great saxophonists Charles MacPherson and Hollis Gentry and guitarist Peter Sprague––among others. He was also commissioned to compose a "trio" suite for violin, jazz bass and piano featuring Mary Karo, Bob Magnusson and pianist for Ella Fitzgerald, Mike Wofford. Steve recently completed a production for a Warner Brothers Park in Spain and an amazing musical production for the Queen Mary in Long Beach, as well as a "4-D" movie for Stone Mountain, Georgia, scores of music library production for First Com Music Library––based in Texas, playing world wide––and many of the Jeep commercials on the West Coast of the USA and Canada. He has currently scored music and sound design for an audio book of the poetry of T.S. Eliot, as well as an audio book by Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, soon to be released in Audiobooks.com. In 2009, Stephen completed the soundtrack for the movie Scare Zone. A video of the composing of the music can be seen on Facebook. Following The Scare Zone” Stephen wrote the score for the movie, The Visitant,––a psycho-thriller now available on amazon.com. Among his many accomplishments, Steve has written extensively for television. He composed the score to Man to Match his Mountains filmed by Peter Pilafian from the Eiger Sanction, debuted on PBS, Discovery Channel special on the Navy Seals entitled Silent Option, as well as many Toyota, and other, commercials in hispanic media. Steve re-united his jazz group Stream to record Trios/ Duos and Reaching for the Sun, available at cdbaby.com. Stephen has been a master in digital audio recording and MIDI, working with many corporate clients such as Warner Bros., Disney, Chrysler, Toyota, Universal Studios, etc., to produce hip, contemporary and fresh music approaches to their 'time-restrictive' production needs. Along with music, Stephen is the author of Counterpoint to Reality, an intriguing memoir of his spiritual journey, and his new book Harmonology, An Insiders Guide To Creating Harmonious Relationships Through Music. During his time writing music and performing, Stephen also followed his heart researching the realms of the spirit. While studying the materials of the Western Esoteric Tradition, he was initiated into the Knights Templar in France, served as Master of the San Diego Lodge of the Rosicrucian Order, and became a member of the Martinist Order. Later, he was initiated into the Order of Melchizedek and the Order of Pythagorus. Stephen also has investigated the power of Qi. He is currently a practitioner of Qi Gong and an avid searcher. Stephen now divides his time living between his home in Nayarit, Mexico and Quebec.

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