The Healing Power of Music -- Again

The trailer for what promises to be a moving documentary.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory (2014)
Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett
Screenplay: Michael Rossato-Bennett
Music composed by: Itaal Shur
Story by: George Strayton




“Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia -- many of them alone in nursing homes. A man with a simple idea discovers that songs embedded deep in memory can ease pain and awaken these fading minds. Joy and life are resuscitated, and our cultural fears over aging are confronted.”

This touches me again, as when my mother had Alzheimer’s (really over a period of about 14 years), she continued to play the piano and sing even when she didn’t know her own name. Music was truly the last form of communication to disappear before she became completely unresponsive and bedridden.

And music has always been so important to me. What more needs saying?

This was the winner of The Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.