To the Next Generation of Music Lovers: We Had to Walk Ten Miles In The Snow to Buy Concert Tickets. But the Album Art was Awesome.

Captain AmeriCute wouldn’t open the first Christmas present I ever bought him. Of course, his fingers weren’t working too well at the time, as he was still in the womb.

115_1199.2The present was a toy drum. I can’t imagine a life without music any more than I can imagine a life without a beating heart or a set of breathing lungs. So I believed it was a critical Faithful Sidekick Responsibility to share this passion early and often with my favorite Pint-Sized Superhero. Yeah, OK, the fact that it might annoy his parents was a bonus.

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The Brag Encyclopedia: Using the Power of Music to Uplift, Inspire, Educate, Heal, and Connect

Note from Auntie Kimberly: This is an Epilogue that accompanies To the Next Generation of Music Lovers:  We Had to Walk Ten Miles In The Snow to Buy Concert Tickets.  But the Album Art was Awesome.”  For the full effect, check out the original blog post first.  Or you can just read on for my “Brag Encyclopedia” – a listing of artists, events, and nonprofit organizations that use the power of music to music to uplift, inspire, educate, heal, and connect.  I’m proud to be a part of this extended family!

20151213_144957Music and Memory. This nonprofit organization raises funds to bring iPods into nursing homes, custom loaded with each patient’s favorite music. The results have been astounding. Just a few notes from a familiar tune and residents who were noncommunicative – even completely catatonic – suddenly re-engage with their loved ones and with the world around them. If you have 7 minutes, watch the short clip “Henry’s Story”. If you have 78 minutes, watch the full Alive Inside documentary. But before you hit “play”, grab a tissue. Oh, who am I kidding? Bring the whole box. Continue reading