We rag on a lot of dumb celebrities around here, and we don’t feel bad about it or anything, but every now and then we like to bring you some positive news. Today, we have a story that will warm your cold, dead hearts.
It’s a story about a senior living in a nursing home who is unresponsive to most things. His name is Henry and he doesn’t recognize his own daughter and sits in a daze for most of the day. Henry’s in a really bad place mentally and it’s sad to see. However, when he’s given an iPod loaded with the music he loved in his youth, he comes alive. It’s remarkable to see. His eyes open wide and he begins to move and even sing. When asked about what the music means to him, he opens up and speaks in a way that he simply was not capable of prior to hearing the music.
Check it out:
As Henry says, his favorite artist is Cab Calloway. In his own words, Calloway was his “number one guy.” When asked his favorite song, Henry begins to sing lyrics from the classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby.
The video is part of a documentary called Alive Inside. The doc investigates how music can have a positive impact on the lives of patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The film premieres next week in New York City.