Day 108: Music is medicine

Continuing on with my 365 Days of Ted challenge is a post about the Ted talk/performance 'Music is medicine, music is sanity' by Robert Gupta a violinist with the LA philharmonic. Robert shares a story about LA columnist Steve Lopez and an important moment in his life when in the streets of downtown LA he was drawn to the sounds of beautiful music. The source of the beautiful music was a two string violin being played by Nathaniel, a homeless man. This meeting of strangers was the basis of the Hollywood movie The Soloist, a story about a former Juilliard student who dropped out after two years due to schizophrenia. Nathaniel chose not to treat the condition as treatment had previously included shock treatment and handcuffs - the psychological scars a permanent condition that haunts him. Robert met Nathaniel through Steve and began offering Nathaniel violin lessons. He recalls Nathaniel being in a state of paranoia, thinking … [Read more...]