The Soul’s Own Speech
For as long as I can remember, my Mum has had a small crossstitched saying hanging in her home which reads as follows.
For heights and depths no words can reach, music is the soul’s own speech.
Here’s proof (6:31 video), in the form of an old man in a nursing home drawn out from within himself via music.
Via J. Orlin Grabbe.
UPDATE - 06.05.2012: Spent some time with my Mum, this afternoon, and shared with her, amongest other things, this story, and it appears that the power of music, as displayed in the video previously linked, is not something new. Mum shared with me two stories. First, a story regarding a friend of my parents who had suffered a stroke in his early fifties (this was 30 years or so ago), leaving him bereft of speech other than guttural sounds. When my parents visited the gentleman and his wife, shortly after his return to his home, the gentleman kept grunting and motioning to the small organ in their home, so my Mum sat down at the organ and began to play. She launched into a hymn, and lo and behold the gentleman raised his voice in song, for hymn after hymn my Mum wailed out on the organ.
The second story revolves around my Mum also, who still plays the organ and piano, she’s 81 now, and does so for hymn sings in one of the local nursing homes. She informs me that a number of individuals within the nursing home, who also suffer from loss of speech, or interest in interaction with other individuals for one reason or another, whom, when they attend these hymn sings, will lustily join in singing along. That’s pretty dang cool!
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