While all art forms move, and quicken the spirit, music is, perhaps, one of the more transcendental art forms in a work setting. For Bono of the U2, it is the language of the spirit and therefore is one of the most effective ways to build lasting connection between people working together.
“It’s such an extraordinary thing, music. It is how we speak to God finally – or how we don’t. Even if we’re ignoring God. It’s the language of the spirit. If you believe that we contain within our skin and bones a spirit that might last longer than your time breathing in and out – if there is a spirit, music is the thing that wakes it up……. And it seems to be how we communicate on another level” (Bono in Wenner, 2005).
This reflection comes from Barbara’s new chapter, Finding Us in Music: A Method for Deeper Group Engagement in Handbook on Individual and Organizational Transformation, edited by Judi Neale (Springer, 2018).