March 11, 2016

If you had to make a playlist of your life, what would be on it?

And if, toward the end of your life, your mind and memories were fading away, would this soundtrack help bring them back?

this is a must see episode of Catalyst...

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on
Musicophilia: tales of music and the brain
by Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people--from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome who are hypermusical from birth; from people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds--for everything but music.
Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer's or amnesia.
Alive inside: A story of music & memory [DVD]
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized and awakened by the simple act of listening to the music of their youth.
Active sing along volume 1 : 19 all time favorites [CD]
Active sing along volume 2 : 20 all time favorites [CD]

As time goes by --  and the band played on  --  click go the shears --  good night Irene --  interactive dialogue --  the happy wanderer --  heart of my heart --  he’s got the whole world in his hands --  I belong to Glasgow – Let me call you sweetheart --  Michael row the boat ashore --  moonlight bay --  my blue heaven --  Pokare Kare Ana -- School days --  sweet Rosie  O”Grady -- Till the boys come home --  when you were sweet 16 --  the yellow rose of texas --  how great thou art – thank you and farwell
Beautiful dreamer  --  the bells are ringing  --  cockles and mussels --  Danny boy -- Don’t dilly dally on the way --  Galway Bay --   Home on the range --  I do like to be beside the seaside   -- Lily of Laguna --  Ma he’s making eyes at me  -- my Bonnie lies over the ocean -- my grandfather clock --  now is the hour --  oh what a beautiful morning  -- oh you beautiful doll -- pack up your troubles -- there’s a tavern in the town --   waiting at the church --  you made me love you  -- onward Christian soldiers
Music & memories of the 20th Century
10 CDs in a folder compiled and narrated by John Hyde, Radio Blue Skies.
The greatest songs, stories, social, sporting and historical events of the century.
The effects of singing in a choir compared with participating in a reminiscence group on reducing depression in people with dementia - thesis
Carers of people with dementia are known to suffer stress and may be helped by psycho-educational interventions. This study investigates one model of intervention, comprising a structured package of six session of training focussing upon education, stress managment and problem behaviour management in a group setting.

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