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How music therapy reaches people who are lost to the world

This new short video by Bill Newsinger features a member of our Slipped Disc community, Leicester-based violinist Joy Gravestock. The film is titled, ‘If you listen, you will hear us.’ We are humbled by Joy’s vocation.


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  1. Great video – I am a Music Therapist and many of my clients have profound and multiple learning disabilities. Music is a language accessible to all, no matter the level of their disability.

  2. Thank you Norman for posting this. What a blessed community, all. Joy’s own connection there as a musician also brings back thoughts of the neurologist Dr. Oliver Sachs, and his study “Musicophilia” about the power of music to communicate and heal. It is so easy when we are young and vibrant, and sheltered or protected, and well off, to forget that we are part of a greater community and that our strength and humanity as a people come from how we take care of and include, and share and communicate with those whose condition may make it difficult or impossible to do so on their own.

  3. Now that they have decided on a framework of standards for the caring and respect of the disabled (of which I am glad to see) we might want to use it as the standard for the treatment and respect of our old folks.

    We ignore the larger problem of the dumping of our seniors into old folk facilities where they are ignored and left alone to to waste away in there own urine and feces and have not been washed for a week. We seem to have no problem withholding the medicines, medical treatment and personal attention they need but if it is a small well represented group, we will spare no expense or fail to give them rights common folks are denied.

  4. This is a beautiful video. We regularly work in Surrey with the SEN groups, and the connection through music that we see during a typical day is a powerful reminder to us. In one respect, I love seeing our singers share their musical gifts and talent. It is inspiring though, to be a part of such sessions, and seeing the singers gaining so much from being involved. There is an openness and all share wonderfully with those taking part. In these settings, music is shared – the dialogue is 2 way – for performers who regularly give their all from more formal setting of the concert platform, I think that’s hugely enriching.

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