Power of Music

I remember the day my husband and I watched The Soloist, a movie based on a true story of a street musician, Nathaniel Ayers. The original stories were written by the Los Angeles columnist Steve Lopez; the story is about Lopez’s unlikely relationship that had developed with Ayers.

I remember us being so moved this beautiful story.

It’s a story of redemption, of trust, of healing & of passion and power of music.

So when I saw a tweet about this particular TEDTalk, I immediately watched it. I invite you to watch this inspiring {short} talk titled, Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity. The speaker is Robert Gupta, a violinist of LA Philharmonic who also met Ayers.

Gupta’s observation here is so descriptive and eloquent:

I just started playing Beethoven [for Ayers]…and as I played, I understood that there was a profound change occurring in Nathaniel’s eyes. It was as if he was in a grip of some invisible pharmaceutical, a chemical reaction for which my playing, the music, was its catalyst. And Nathaniel’s manic rage was transformed into understanding, a quiet curiosity and grace.

Through our artistic lens, through our creativity we are able to shape our emotions into reality.

I strongly recommend watching the movie or reading the book. I found The Soloist site to be very well designed and musically awesome. The beautiful music of Beethoven accompanies your perusal of great information on this site. The “Production Notes” are cleverly categorized with classical music terms: Prologue, Adagio, Scherzo, Fugue, Intermezzo, Allegro molto & Finale. Check out the Finale section where you can read about why particular choice of music was made for the movie.

I leave you with Victor Hugo’s quote: Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.