If you asked a stage full of musicians if music had changed their lives, I imagine you would see a multitude of hands raised. If you were to press a bit further and ask if music had actually saved their lives, I think many of those hands would stay raised high. That’s how powerful music is: It can change and even save lives. It did that for me, and it may have done so for you, too. This month, we bring you stories that explore the healing power of music.

In the wake of a traumatic brain injury that nearly claimed his life, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page writes about how he turned to music to help rebuild his thought processes. No wonder it worked, for music “had always helped make sense of the world” amidst the challenges that life presented him.

Then, Ana Luisa González excavates the role music has played in healing the wounds of the decades-long armed conflict in Colombia. Along the Pacific coast of this country, generations of Afro-Columbians have turned to music to help them express their grief and determination to keep living despite rampant violence, death and displacement.

Continuing our re/CREATE interview series, producer and performer Justin Goldner joins Joe Brent to present an electroacoustic composition featuring samples of Bach and Vivaldi and to engage in a riveting conversation on the possibilities of electronic music.

We also welcome Jessica Meyer in the first of three videos that may prove inspiring to you or your students – or both! Step by step, Meyer inspires the performers among us to awaken parts of our musical creativity we may not have known existed.

Looking to the future, we recognize the next generation of musicians making a difference with the announcement of the winners of our second annual Doing Good contest. Lastly, we welcome A Far Cry’s Miki-Sophia Cloud as October’s POP Picks curator.

Thanks for joining the conversation.

Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM

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