Sound Vistas

Explorations Through and Beyond the Senses


Musical Tales for the Inner Being, harp/storytelling

Shared on February 10th, 2011
By Alana Woods

The Ancient Bards of Ireland could shift the energy in a room with their stories and music. They traveled from castle to castle, bringing the news of village life, wars,whatever was going on. The storytelling I do is a healing art form. It is mostly for adult audiences, for the child within us all.

Fran Stallings*, storyteller, says stories themselves have a special power. They compel us to “hear and attend and listen” in a way that other forms of speech do not. Some stories, told by some tellers, spin the web almost from the first words spoken. The human brain has a special affinity for story form. There are multilayered motifs in stories, and if they are emotionally meaningful in content, they help a person focus concentration inward.They teach you how to listen.

Sometimes a story entrances because of what it doesn’t say. Many people have fond remembrances of listening to radio before we had TV, and the delightful imagining we did in our mind as we listened. The most powerful stories attempt some sort of answer to deep questions in life.Live storytelling is much more potent than recordings, and the addition of the Celtic harp accompaniment adds another dimension of listening enjoyment.

Storytelling is a “medicine” as seeds of healing are planted gently, under cover of fantasy or entertainment. And the seeds will germinate only in its own time. The tales I share are transformational. They create a sacred space. I have shared these stories to dying persons, mentally challenged children, new age centers, churches, and a university class. Storytelling is especially valuable as an activity in building community.

Note: This is from from the National Storytelling Journal Spring/Summer 1988, Fran Stallings website is

The Story of Jumping Mouse: Introduction

The Story of Jumping Mouse: Part 2

Shared by Alana Woods

Alana has studied the arts from a very early age with private teachers: piano throughout childhood, art as a college major, and harp as an adult. Her professional background is as versatile as her interests. Besides the arts she has lived this life directing several centers as an ordained Unity Minister, studied Hypnotherapy, Pre-and Perinatal Psychology, Family Soul healing, Psychoacoustics, brain dominance, healing arts of Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, and Music Practitioner, with certifications in most of them. She is an independent researcher in “prescriptive sound” or music medicine, a storyteller with harp and stories from indigenous cultures.

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