Music & Human Connections

Sunday Baroque listeners frequently contact me to say how much they enjoy the music and how much it means to them. You’ve told me it helps you feel happy, provides companionship, enlightens you, and more. These stories affirm my personal belief in the power of music, and remind me to appreciate how extraordinary that power can be and not take it for granted.

Every now and then, a story about music illustrates just how profoundly it can influence human connections. Take the experience of Naomi Feil and Gladys Wilson. Ms. Feil used music to reach into Ms. Wilson’s mind, long isolated in dementia, to create a warm human connection, elicit a reaction and a create a communication breakthrough. Their one-on-one exchange is deeply touching. Watch it here:

There is so much to love and admire about this, and it takes my breath away every time I watch it.

How do you experience the power of music? Have you seen music provide connection to a loved one who was otherwise unreachable? Please share your personal story of what music means to you.