Music Therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital

What started as a volunteer program utilizing Berklee College Students in 1996 at the Boston Children’s Hospital has evolved into a program with four certified music professionals working 130 hours a week, all in the hopes of easing child patients anxieties and helping them cope with their illnesses.

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Photo by David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Melissa Bailey writing for the Boston Globe recently published an article focusing on the program and it’s impact on the hospital and its patients.  Bailey interviewed Joanna Bereaud, who started at the hospital as a Berklee student 15 years ago.

“Bereaud specializes in working with younger patients, including babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she helps parents compose songs to sing to their kids. Even when the child is sedated or can’t yet talk, she said, she can see a melody’s soothing effect: On the hospital monitors, their heart rates and breathing regulate.”

Music therapy used to be confined to patients awaiting bone marrow transplants, now it’s available to anyone.  In 2015, Bereaud and other music therapy staff treated 9,000 patients and their families.  From helping a child fall a sleep, use the bathroom, stay calm before a procedure, or even assist with the difficult process of saying the final goodbye, the power of music is undeniable.

You can read the full article here on the Boston Globe website.

Trump is Not Queen’s Champion, My Friend

The Rolling Stone reports this week that Queen guitarist Brian May, “has issued a stern statement denouncing the usage” of the band’s famous anthem, “We Are the Champions” by Donald Trump.  The track played while Trump walked onstage after his final victory in the Republican Primaries Tuesday night.

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Photo: Matt A.J.

After receiving, “an avalanche of complaints,” May came forward on his website to denounce Trump’s use of the song and confirm that permission was never sought nor given for the song to be used in the first place.

May stated, “Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.”  He also responded to a fan on his website saying, “I will make sure we take what steps we can to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavoury campaign.”

You can read the full story on therollingstone.com

 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Double Bass Player Dies Onstage

Jane Little, of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra died Sunday, May 15th, doing what she loved best, playing her double-bass and making music onstage.

Image: Dustin Chambers/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Little began playing with the Symphony in 1945 when she was just 16 years old.  In February she was awarded a Guinness World Record  after reaching her 71st anniversary with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  She was 87 years old at the time of her death.

You can read more of Little’s story here on NPR.

365 Prince Illustrations serve as a Lasting Tribute

(AP) – Local Pawtucket Rhode Island artist Rebekah Major has gained recent attention for a project started last March titled “365 Days of Prince.”

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One of Rebekah Major’s favorite Prince illustrations, a take on Norman Rockwell’s famous self-portrait. (Rebekah Major via AP)

The project came to light after the shocking death of music icon Prince last week.  When speaking to the Associated Press, Major said she started the project to “improve as an artist” and that Prince resonated with her because his music, “brings everyone together.”

Rebekah’s illustrations can be found on her website dedicated to the project, 365daysofprince.com.  You can read more here.

Punk Rock Legends; A Stroll through Ramones History in Queens

Alex Vadukul of the New York Times recently took a tour through Queens alongside Mickey Leigh, the younger brother of Ramone’s front man Joey Ramone.  Visiting sites such as the pair’s childhood homes, Forest Hill High School, which all of the band members attended, and the band’s “primitive rehearsal space,” a basement where Leigh recalls, “…opening this door and getting hit by the smell and sound of the Ramones,” Vadukul was sure to hit all of the band’s old stomping grounds.

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Part of the Queens Museum exhibition “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.” Credit Willie Davis for The New York Times

The tour set a backdrop to the opening of a new exhibition at the Queens Museum titled “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.”  Vadukul writes, ” The four-room exhibition follows the band from its misfit beginnings to its later acceptance into pop culture, including in animated form on ‘The Simpsons,” and features such artifacts as, “…the military academy belt of the guitarist, Johnny (John Cummings); report cards with lackluster grades belonging to the bassist, Dee Dee (Douglas Colvin), and the lead singer, Joey (Jeffrey Hyman); and a yearbook photo spotlighting the drummer, Tommy (Thomas Erdelyi), as a member of the Audio-Visual Squad.”

You can read Vadukul’s article full of punk rock reminiscing over at The New York Times.