[JPL] Music speeds stroke recovery

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Wed Feb 20 17:04:44 EST 2008

I think you'll find this article interesting, adding the element of  
theatre.  Here's a doctor-violinist-singer-actor who's combining her  
talents in a unique way.


Hope Wechkin;  physician, violinist, singer, actor

The music world is full of fascinating people -- but in more than three  
decades of writing about music, I've never met anyone quite like Hope  

Full story:  

On Wednesday, February 20, 2008, at 01:25  PM, JanLeder at aol.com wrote:

> Thanks for sharing this article.  More studies like this need to be   
> done!
> One of my steady gigs is at Helen Hayes Hospital in Rockland County,  
> NY and
> one of their units is a stroke unit.  I go there every other Tuesday  
> night
> and can attest to the power of music in recovery and wellness;  I've   
> practiced
> music wellness for over ten years!  My schedule is really booked  up  
> too,
> because it seems everywhere I go my music is appreciated for the  
> healing  power it
> has - as much (if not more) for the tunes that I play as for the   
> physical
> sounds themselves.  It holds in wellness also (as in everything  else)  
> that live
> music is even more powerful than taped music.
> Just last week I was summoned to a hospital by a friend whose cousin, a
> classical pianist, was in a coma.   I played a few soft and sweet   
> songs with no
> response.  Then I played a swing tune and he began to move  his foot  
> in rhythm
> with me, much to everyone's surprise.  The nurse who had  been taking  
> an EKG
> since before I had gotten there told me that from the first  note I  
> played
> there was a very sharp increase in brain activity!
> I'm a little embarrassed though that I haven't read Sacks' book - I  
> think I
> must go get it now!
> Jan Leder
> _www.janleder.info_ (http://www.janleder.info)
> P.S.  If any of you know professional jazz musicians looking  to do  
> more
> performance work, please have them contact me.  I'm  now giving  
> consultations
> (including long-distance phone consultations) in  "Making a Living in  
> Music
> Wellness".  There's an untapped market  for good jazz players who are  
> open to
> working in these facilities.  One  violinist in Minneapolis who I  
> trained is now
> playing 15 gigs a month  herself!

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