The following are Yoko Ono's program notes for "Toning," a piano piece
performed by Sarah Cahill on the U.C. Berkeley campus Sunday, January
"Toning" is a piano piece to be performed by the performer
solely for the purpose of toning and healing the body and
the mind of the performer.
We all know about music being a strong instrument for
healing. But we create the most appealing music to entertain
and please the audience. This has been the case from way
back in the history of piano music. It was first to entertain
and please the ruling classes, followed by the attempt to
communicate to the intellectuals. There were piano pieces
to entertain the working class as well. However, it was
always to "entertain" and communicate to the audience rather
than to the performer himself or herself. Decorative notes,
and harmonies were added to make it more pleasing. When
such music went into the body of the audience, the body had
a hard time digesting the complexity of the composition,
with its frills and incidentals added for the effect. The
liver had to work overtime to enjoy the music with various
side notes, added for "beauty." The effect of that was
intoxication, not toning or healing. It was confusing at
best, if one played such piano piece for the toning and
healing of one's body.
Stripped of all incidental notes and enhancing harmonies,
Toning is like organic food. No frills, no added color.
The ascending harmonies and their minimal connective notes,
thereby, wake up the healthy vibration of the parts of the
body, while each part responds to the musical notes and
harmonies necessary for its healing.
The repeated ascendance from C to C, affects and heals the
body from its roots to the space between the performer's
head and the sky. This is the beginning of healing of the
planet to achieve world peace. It begins with first healing
As Gandhi said: "Outward Peace is useless without Inner Peace."
Instructions for Toning: Repeat the ascent from C to high C several times
while you let the sound vibrate inside you. For maximum effect, perform
in the woods where no other human vibration can interrupt your performance.
Listen and carefully take in each note, as the note vibrates in you.
The vibration of the woods will assist your Toning.
"Jeff Dunn" <[log in to unmask]>
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