I recently read the book Musicophilia “Tales of Music and the Brain” by Oliver Sacks, a physician, best-selling author, and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. What fascinated and affected me on a deep level was the profound effect that music has on a human being and how defining it may be crucial to defining who we are.
The first video is Oliver Sacks talking about one of the subjects in his book:
Clive Wearing, a British musician who developed total amnesia except for his music and recognition of his wife. An amazing testament to the power of both music and love. The second video is footage of Clive Wearing himself. The video of Clive is heartbreaking to watch, but the transformation that comes over him when he is in the familiar stream of music, which not only survived his illness but survived it intact, speaks to the deep level that music lives in us. I will be featuring other segments from this fascinating book in future posts.