Alive Inside (2014) PosterI recently watched a documentary “Alive Inside” that talks about how music can trigger a patient who suffers from loss of memory due to diseases such as Alzheimer. The film demonstrated how music therapy can help the patients to ease their suffering of isolation and helplessness.

It is mind-blowing to see these live examples of how personalized music works in one’s brain and the stimulating effects it has on the patients. Our healthcare system often time just prescribes medication to these patients and places them in nursing homes. It is saddening to see  these patients are often older, have no one to come visit and eventually shut down to live in their own world.

With the help of personalized music therapy, these patients can feel alive once again and it brings tears to my eyes to see how as simple as just listening to familiar music can restore a sense of self to those who suffer from these memory-loss diseases and are appreciated by the patients.

 

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LOL! Don’t mind having one in the office though (perhaps on April Fool).

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The Scientist by Coldplay. A piano-driven song but still mellow to strum along on an acoustic guitar. Capo on 3rd fret to match the original recording.

The only tricky little bit is the G chord (relative to capo) marked as G* on the guitar chord chart. At the end of beat 4, there’s a short note that you will hear on the original recording before going into the D chord. I played the G shape but with my pinky finger moved to the 5th fret on high E string relative to capo.

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on February 16, 2015

Hillsong – Mighty To Save

Key: A         Time: 4/4

Verse 1

D                                       A
Everyone needs compassion
F#m
Love that’s never failing
E                      D
Let mercy fall on me
A
Everyone needs forgiveness
F#m
The kindness of a Savior
E                           D    E    D    E
The hope of nations

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If you have an iPhone/iPad/Mac, I found a pretty cool app, Anytune, It allows you to slow down the playback speed without changing the pitch – this is very helpful when learning a new song. You can also select the pitch you want if you want to play along a song but in a different key. In addition, you can mark off sections of the song and loop it. I tried a few apps, this one is definitely the best.

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All these cool features are available with the free version. The Pro version includes other more advanced features and is worth the upgrade.

Unfortunately, I haven’t come across any comparable apps for Android devices yet.

It’s Christmas time … let’s do a Christmas song. This year, I have chosen the traditional “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. There are many versions of this songs done by many artists. I like Jewel’s version so mine is similar but not exactly the same. Thank you Jesus for His humble birth and let us praise to the new born King!

May the blessings of Christmas fill your home and heart with peace, joy, and happiness. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here is a video of my guitar and vocal cover (Yay! my first vocal cover). Pardon my scratchy voice … still recovering from a nasty cold 😦

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Video recorded on December 18, 2014

All of Me by John Legend – a beautiful piano piece. I learned to play it on guitar and hopefully still able to keep more or less the same feel.

For the rhythm part, I put a capo on fret 1 to avoid most of the barre chords while matching up the original recording (key: Fm). The melody part, I played with no capo pretty much matching the vocal.

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on November 11, 2014