Posted by: Andrew G | May 5, 2010

The Power of Music

A little while ago it was very important to Shannon that we go see The Soloist. Shannon has an incredible gift for tuning into the important things in life.

It’s likely we will never be able to solve all our friends’ problems, but that is not really in the job description anyway. We are to be friends when just being a friend is what is needed most.

Here is a TED talk from Robert Gupta of the L.A. Philharmonic, speaking on his experiences with Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, the inspiration for the movie. Mr. Gupta is quite the dramatic speaker (artists – always so overly emotional, you know what I mean? 🙂 ). Please watch to the end. He gets out his fiddle.

“A year ago, I met a man who was down on his luck and thought I might be able to help him. I don’t know that I have. Yes, my friend Mr. Ayers now sleeps inside. He has a key. He has a bed. But his mental state, and his well-being, are as precarious now as they were the day we met. There are people who tell me I’ve helped him. Mental health experts who say that the simple act of being someone’s friend can change his brain chemistry, improve his functioning in the world. I can’t speak for Mr. Ayers in that regard. Maybe our friendship has helped him. But maybe not. I can, however, speak for myself. I can tell you that by witnessing Mr. Ayers’s courage, his humility, his faith in the power of his art, I’ve learned the dignity of being loyal to something you believe in. Of holding onto it, above all else. Of believing, without question, that it will carry you home.” – Steve Lopez



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