When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society’s marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony.
~ Benjamin Britten
Are you suffering from a deficiency of Music?
Are you suffering from low Vitamin M?
Here are some of the symptoms:
- poor circulation
- weak social or community health
- poor mobility
Music has often been demonstrated to have benefits as treatment for illness. Sometimes it is dismissed as if it were ‘anecdotal evidence’. But in truth, music is a healthicine. And anecdotal evidence is one of the most uninformed and mis-used phrases by the commercial medical interests – but that should be the subject of another blog post.
This may be my new all-time favorite music video! What fun and how creative! See if it doesn’t amaze you and make you smile and want to move!
Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take giving you a chronological history of rock n’ roll.
Synesthete Lidell Simpson composes sounds he senses in his “inner hearing.”
Lidell Simpson likes to say that though deaf, he’s never known a day of silence in his life. His “inner” synesthetic hearing sounds something like a techno dance song and he works to recreate the sounds so that other people can hear what he does (video below). This southern gentleman, who hails from Mississippi, was so misunderstood as a child doctors first recommended he be institutionalized. His mother wouldn’t allow it and now he not only speaks several languages but contributes to our understanding of synesthesia with his own research. This is our Q&A.
Can you provide a link to what it sounds like so readers can experience it?