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Merritt Musicians On Call - org. for healing (27) RE: Musicians On Call - org. for healing 05 Dec 02

Let me know if I'm off-thread here...

My experience in nursing homes, at bedside, etc. resonates with what I'm reading here; I play a lot of swing music from the 1930s & '40s and people do indeed remember words to/enjoy singing those old songs.

To me, one potential "wrench in the ointment" for folky involvement with >some< music therapy theory/practice is that we're not included in >some< definitions of the proper type(s) of music, correct instrumentation. A music therapy researcher/performer interviewed earlier this year on Wisconsin Public Radio IMHO 1) presented a very narrow interpretation of what's "effective" musical therapy and 2) played some music that would have me yanking the plug on my oxygen supply.

Reminded me of a dear friend who, while working as a small group facilitator, would insist on 15 minutes of quiet, centering time while she played Yanni at the Copa (or similar). At the end of 15 minutes I was very focused, very centered...and had no goal in life other than personally strangling Yanni.

So, anyway, am suggesting it's useful to explore the openness and, for lack of better term, silliness, of potential musical therapy partnerships.

- Merritt

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