Henry’s Music

Have you ever wondered what causes the brain to enjoy music? Can you remember that time when a song played at just the right moment and lifted your mood? I’m not referring to the physiology or what brain scans show when someone is listening to music, although that is fascinating information to be certain. But rather, what I’m referring to is what makes music sound pleasurable to us in the first place. Sure, it triggers a part of the brain that gives us that pleasure, but why is that happening? What is the reason that some music resonates with one person, while another person will not feel anything special. Why is it that we can hear a song and it creates a feeling deep inside of us that makes everything suddenly seem ok. When that perfect song plays and your body and mind feel its pleasant rhythm, is an experience to which we can all relate.

Mathematically Confused, Bpshielsy at The Bipolar Place, and Eileen at But She’s Crazy have all recently written similar posts about this topic. You can view their posts at those links. I highly recommend you read them, as they are interesting and enjoyable reads. So, when I saw this video today, I thought that it was a great follow up to my fellow bloggers’ posts.

The video below is a short clip from an upcoming documentary called Alive Inside. It’s about music and how it affects the aging brain. It centers on various individuals who are living in nursing homes, with various degrees of memory deterioration. One such person is Henry. He’s an elderly man who usually stays silent and to himself in his wheelchair all day long. However, when music from his era is played for him, he lights up and displays a personality that is almost unrecognizable from his initial appearance.

Well, that’s all that I really need to say, as this clip will say the rest.

 

I find it beautiful how music can affect our moods and minds in a way that we can’t even fully understand. There’s something magical about that. The sudden look of awareness on Henry’s face and the almost instant happiness that is expressed in his body language just screams, “I’m alive!”

If this video proves just one thing, it’s that the elderly – no matter what ailments from which they may be suffering – are still vibrant human beings, who deserve to be treated with dignity and love. And, with that fact comes another… no matter what is going on inside of all of our brains, we all have a vibrancy that still exists. It may be hidden deep inside, but it’s there. I don’t know about all of you, but this gives me hope that my broken and malfunctioning brain still has some valuable life left in it.

Have any doubt? Turn up those speakers.

 

8 thoughts on “Henry’s Music

  1. To me, it proves that music can be healing to some people who. The most amazing thing is his responsiveness to at least yes or no questions after hearing the music, something he completely lacked before it.

  2. What a beautiful video. It nearly brought me to tears. Music really is restorative, balm to the heart and soul. It can bring us out of the depths, even if it’s only for a little while. And it’s a reminder that there’s joy to be found in the world whether or not we are feeling challenged in that area. Thank you for sharing “Henry’s Music.”

    And, hey, thanks for the shout-out!

  3. Great post & video.
    “I find it beautiful how music can affect our moods and minds in a way that we can’t even fully understand. There’s something magical about that. The sudden look of awareness on Henry’s face and the almost instant happiness that is expressed in his body language just screams, “I’m alive!”” So true! 🙂

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