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.

A Dream Deferred

I was never able to pursue my earliest dreams. I loved the Arts -- music, theatre, dance, fine art, and film. I was inspired to be a part of the entertainment industry in many ways and film was pure magic that seemed to pull all of these things together and preserve them forever.

This clip from a Truffaut film makes me very nostalgic for that which can never be.

"Le Cinema Règne" (Cinema Rules) is how Truffaut describes the feeling when everything falls into place during filming. I have known this feeling; I have experienced it acting in plays, singing in a Master Chorale, performing a dance, and indeed working in film production.

I realize I have other gifts to offer the world, but it is frustrating to never know what could have been if I had not been fighting with a brain disorder. I don’t ask for sympathy. I only ask for understanding.

I have now found another voice, in my advocacy; perhaps that was always my destiny.

Music. Sometimes All That Matters

Brother Ray lifts me up and breaks my heart.
I would have liked to “live my life on stages,” but that was not in the cards.
Shine on in any way you can.
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.”