By now, you have heard me say hundreds of times that music as medicine, is good, powerful, healing and non-addictive. The awareness that music is a type, a form, of medicine is ancient. The Greeks and Romans knew about the power of music; the Bible talks about the power of music over and over. The story of little David, playing on his harp for the depressed and morose King Saul is one of the all-time favorite Bible stories for me.
Now you’ve probably also heard of the “Ted Talks.” These are fascinating lectures, from every possible discipline, covering everything from practical advice about what to do if you are having a stroke, to the most visionary and imaginative concepts known to humans. In this post, I want to share with you an excerpt from a “Ted Talk” by L.A. Philharmonic violinist, Robert Gupta. Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician — and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.
Violinist Robert Gupta joined the LA Philharmonic at the age of 19 — and maintains a passionate parallel interest in neurobiology and mental health issues. He’s a TED Senior Fellow.