Can music actually bring someone to life? Well this is the million dollar question the video helps in providing an answer to. A man of singing and dancing during the 40s and 50s, Henry is nothing more than a piece of lifeless flesh, present in a nursing home for nearly a decade.
His daughter Cherry can easily recall that her father use to twirl around lampposts imitating Gene Kelly. However, she says that today he has become depressed and unresponsive to almost everything.
But as soon as an iPod was provided to Henry with a collection of his favorite something miraculous took place. That was the music showing its power and Henry can be observed to feel the change. He begins to light up. His legs start to move according to the beat of the music being played and his eyes become expressive almost instantaneously.
It is simply amazing. Especially for a person who does not talk to people much and cannot even answer simple questions like the name of his daughter.
For someone like him, music seems to be the only cure. Neurologist Oliver Sacks who has also authored a book on the therapeutic benefits of music endorses the unbelievable change of reaction. 'His face assumes expression, his eyes open wide, he starts to sing and rock, he's being animated by the music.'
Amazingly, when Henry is asked any question in the state of listening music he is able to respond properly. When inquired what music does to him, he says: 'It gives me the feeling of love, romance.’
Watch the video which is part of the documentary on Alzheimer’s disease and is titled ‘Alive Inside’. You can observe and appreciate the complete redefining of the obsession for music.
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