Have you watched Alive Inside yet? It’s available on DVD and streaming on Netflix. Let’s put music at the heart of the conversation about what makes a life worth living.
I was privileged to be part of an extraordinary film, Alive Inside by Michael Rossato-Bennett, that documented the small miracles as life re-ignites in the eyes of long-term dementia sufferers when they hear familiar tunes for the first time in years.
We can’t help but change the music, just because of who we are and how we play, and the chemistry of this particular combination of musicians. It just happens. Like magic… but with no magician!
If the Life Reimagined movement is going to be about the conscious reclamation of new beginnings, it would seem logical that our movement ought to “reimagine” the American secular holiday that resonates most fully with “fresh starts.” Yeah, that’s right — we are plotting to take over New Years.
What happens when you take music from 100 years ago and reimagine the tracks in the context of everything that has come since (and possibly anticipate future trends in music)?
I should have done this long ago but I kept hoping that things would work out; praying that I wouldn’t have to humble myself with an apology. However, it has reached a point where the inevitable is, well, inevitable.
Amazing conversations awaken a stronger sense of where the Boomer generation is heading. Amazing conversations instill clarity, insight, motivation … even hope. Amazing conversations showcase the brightest minds in Boomer business, marketing and aging today. Thought leaders. Trendsetters. For nearly a year, I have been undertaking a radio host odyssey on the WeEarth Global Radio Network. Dovetailing my new book, the show is entitled Generation Reinvention: How Boomers Are Changing the Future. Guests on my show have included a remarkable…
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Popular culture favors youth. Celebrity favors youth. Many of today’s icons of the Boomer generation achieved fame before turning 25, certainly by 35. But unlike older generations, where many youth icons faded from superstardom after age 45, Boomer icons persist today, filling stadiums (Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Gene Simmons, and Bonnie Rait) and winning starring roles in movies (Richard Gere, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, and Sigourney Weaver, to name a few). The Boomer generation’s cultural hegemony is maintaining and even…
Okay, put on your blue suede shoes, your tangerine or turquoise socks and anything else you think appropriate and get up and rock. Or, perhaps, given the demographic of the column, sit in your rocking chair and rock. I’ll be doing just that.
While attending The Green House Project annual conference in Grand Rapids earlier this month I had the pleasure of recording dementia expert Teepa Snow in a keynote session explaining and humanizing the changes to the brain caused by advanced dementia. Learning these insights into how the brain operates brought together several threads ChangingAging has been following regarding the way we think about and treat people living with dementia.
Last Friday, Dr. Bill Thomas put out an urgent request to the ChangingAging community to help save the Kickstarter fundraising campaign for the documentary film “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory.” The campaign was in danger of losing all its pledged funding if it didn’t raise an additional $3,000 by Monday to meet the $50,000 Kickstarter goal.
As many readers know, I’ve had the pleasure of working with documentary film director Michael Rossato-Bennett on a groundbreaking documentary film ‘Alive Inside‘: A Story of Music & Memory. ‘Alive Inside‘ is the story of Dan Cohen, a small town social worker who discovers how personalized music can “awaken” and regenerate deeply locked memories in patients with dementia […]
Millions of people watched the YouTube video of Henry, a nursing home resident, literally “come alive inside” after listening to some of his favorite music. The most recent web clip from the documentary Alive Inside features Dr. Bill Thomas on how music can be at the heart of a life worth living.
Last summer Al Power called me to tell me about a film maker who wanted to explore the connection between life, art, music and aging. I jumped at the chance to to meet up with them at St. John’s and we spent a day there talking about ideas and doing some taping.
The film maker’s name is Michael Rossato-Bennett and his production company, Ximotion Media, had undertaken the challenge of explaining how and why access to music could help people come “Alive Inside.”
A clip from this film was posted on YouTube and has gone absolutely viral in the past 24 hours with nearly 3 million views and counting. Continue reading to watch.
Every now and then, I find stories on the internet I just have to share. Here’s one of them.
Boyd Lee Dunlop is 85, three years older than I am.
He was born in Winston-Salem, NC, and grew up in Buffalo, NY. His mother cleaned houses, and he doesn
Today’s blog is a family affair – the post was written by Ellen Woodward Potts and the photo is of her husband, Dr. Daniel Potts, and his father, Lester Potts. Dr. Potts, a neurologist, has been inspired by his father’s journey through Alzheimer’s …
I’m on hiatus until Monday 19 September. The Elder Storytelling Place continues as will Interesting Stuff on Saturday and Peter Tibbles’ Elder Music on Sunday.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Johna Ferguson: Dreams
You never know who you’re going to meet on the internet and I came to know Peter Tibbles (bio here) via email over the past couple of years. His extensive knowledge of most genres of music and his excellent taste…
The end of summer makes me want to play the blues — one of my favorite genres making up American roots music.
The blues are about both mourning and celebrating loss and change and the end of a beautiful season brings opportunity for both. It’s always about the journey, and that’s the theme of the new album Jude and I recorded for our band Hot Koko — Wayfaring.