The holidays are always a special time. It is one full of food, family, and MUSIC. I feel incredibly fortunate to have come from a very musical family – on both sides. Therefore, our holidays have always been filled with caroling, piano and violin playing, and holiday concerts.
This year, the musical happenings in our living room were none of the above. Instead, we gathered around a special gift to my 94 year-old grandpa. My uncle took 78 record recordings of my grandfather’s dance band and transferred them to a CD.
It was BEYOND special.
(Want to hear a bit? CLICK HERE for the last bit of “In the Mood” which features a solo by my grandfather)
- My grandfather is in the back row, on the far right (trumpet player) and my great aunt is the vocalist standing next to the piano. (1949)
We gathered around the speakers, playing my grandpa’s trumpet solo from 1949. He seemed to be unaware that he was instinctively fingering the notes, while tapping his foot. My grandpa was transported to a moment of absolute joy in his past.
The rest of us were lost in the moment, as well. Personally, I loved imagining him as a young man, making a living playing Glenn Miller tunes in ballrooms across the state of Iowa.
This is what music does. It brings people together, it stirs up old memories, and it creates new memories.
All four generations gathered together and experienced a beautiful bond happening, whilst swing tunes played in the background.
Happy holidays, everyone! May your week be restful, family-filled, and precious in every way.
It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the last 12 months of our lives…
…and I must say…
The year 2011 can be referred to as,
“The year music therapy was ALL OVER THE NEWS”
Here are just a few of the recent articles and videos
that have appeared in the last year:
Article: Music therapy eases patients’ pain, helps on road to recovery
Video: Facing Rehab: Exhaustion, Exhilaration and Love.
Article/Video: Music therapy eases patients’ pain, helps on road to recovery
Article: Initial stages of rehab keeping Giffords busy “Neurologic music is a therapy – often talked about for Giffords – that involves playing music for patients to help stimulate their brain. It also helps speech as patients mouth or sing the words of songs.”
Article: Music therapist enriches the lives of special-needs teens and adults
Article: Hospital Selected For Therapy Grant
Video/Article: Inside Giffords’ rehab: Hard work, hard questions
Video: A healing note: Music therapy
Book: (main character is a MT) Sing You Home debuts at #1 on the USA Today book list, and at #1 on the NYT print & e-book list!
Article/Video: Music Therapy Helps Gabrielle Giffords Find Her Voice After Tucson Shooting
Article: Educating communities about evidenced-based beneﬁts of music therapy
Photos: Music Therapy and Occupational Therapy students travel to Guatemala for a service learning program at a local orphanage
Article: Don’t Write Off Dementia Patients (Wall Street Journal)
Article: What Is Music Therapy? (Huffington Post)
Blurb: Music Therapy Licensure Legislation Signed into Law
Article: Alan Cumming Tunes Into Music Therapy: The Scottish actor and voice behind Gutsy the Smurf helps cancer patients through music, advocacy.
Article: Music therapy moving toward licensure in state
Article: Relaxing, Touching the Memory, Music Helps With the Final Transition
Article: Music Therapy Helps Facilitate the Field’s First Licensure Law
Movie: Movie featuring a music therapist released on DVD: The music never stopped named 2011 official selection of the Sundance Film Festival
Article: Doctor, Can You Prescribe Me Some Mozart?
Article: Music Therapy May Aid Brain-Damaged Patients
Video: Music Therapy for Seniors
Article: Music Alters Autism Therapy
Article: Chemo, radiation, and song: Music therapy is gaining acceptance as a way to help cancer patients feel better
Video: Music therapy hitting right notes for patients
Article on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Blog: Speech-Language Therapy and Music Therapy Collaboration
Article: Music therapy plays role in Giffords recovery
Video: Ben Folds saying a few words to music therapists at the national music therapy conference in Atlanta, Georgia
Article: Meet therapy team helping Giffords
Video/Article: Gabby Giffords: Finding Words Through Song
Video: Healing with Music Therapy
Article: Music therapy a big hit with patients at local hospital
Article/Audio/ Video: Down syndrome and music therapy
Video/Article: Music therapy can help retrain an injured brain
Article: Music therapy heals the ill and calms Soledad prison inmates in real, measurable ways.
Article: Music Therapy helps Mt. Evelyn woman dull pain
Radio: Music Therapy Featured on NPR’s Science Friday
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Here’s to EVEN MORE music therapy news in 2012