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.”
That led to some really interesting questions.
1) How and why do emptiness and loneliness invade and even pervade old age in modern times?
2) What does this invasion say about our society as a whole?
3) How can we use what we know about music to change the way we think about aging and about loneliness, helplessness and boredom in contemporary America?
Anyway, we did a few more meetings and had some great conversations.
Then he did a whole bunch of work and wove clips, ideas and instances into a film called “Alive Inside.” It premiers in NYC next week. If you’re moved by what you see in the video above, consider donating an iPod to the Music and Memory project.
Apparently, some of the ideas and thoughts that I contributed ended up on the screen as well. Check out the official movie website here.
This film is based on a deep meditation on the meaning and value of age and aging in our society. It connects deep ideas that have floated too long disconnected and devalued in the matrix of American culture.
I, for one, will be supporting the successful spread of this story— it is better to be— “Alive Inside.”