I have one resident that barely open her eyes. She didn't respond. As much as I tried almost for two years, no matter what I tried, massage wouldn't work, nothing worked. But when we got introduced to the iPods, and the family told me the things that she liked, it was amazing once we put the iPod on her. She started shaking her feet. She started moving her head. Her son was just amazed. Okay, can we stop, because now I'm getting no...I am seeing her all over again.
Hi, Papa! Hi, papa!
Huh? How're you doing? Great! Fine! Great! Who am I? I don't know...
Wait a minute. I don't know. I don't know.
Ok, it's Cheri.
How long has he been in the nursing home? Approximately ten years. And he's having seizures and my mother couldn't handle him at home. Of course it affected me greatly, because he was always, you know, fun loving, singing, you know, every occasion he would come out with a song, no matter where he was. I remember as a child, he used to walk us down the street, me and my brother, and he would stop and do "Singing In The Rain." He would have us jumping and swinging around poles. He was, you know, he was good. He was always into music, you know, he always loves singing, dancing.
His name is Henry Drayo. Uh-huh.
他的名字是Henry Drayo。 嗯嗯。
And I am looking more or less for religious music for him.
Okay. Because he enjoys music and he's always following the bible, so I rather have that for him.
We first see Henry inert, maybe depressed, unresponsive and almost un-alive.
Henry. Yeah! Henry. Yes, Joe. I found your music. You want...you want your music now?
Ok, let me... Let's try your music, okay? And then you tell me if it's too loud or not.
And then he is given an iPod containing we know his favorite music. And immediately he lights up. His face assumes expression. His eyes open wide. He starts to sing, to rock, and to move his arms and he is being animated by the music.
And he used to always sit on the unit with his head like this.
He didn't really talk to so much people, and then when I introduce the music to him, this is his...his reaction ever since.
The philosopher Kant once called music "the quickening art" and Henry is being quickened. He's being brought to life.
Yeah. I am gonna take the music for one second, okay? Just to ask you a few questions. Okay?
I'm gonna give it back to you. Uh-huh. Okay.
The effect of this doesn't stop, because when the headphones are taken off,
Henry normally mute and virtually unable to answer simplest yes or no questions.
It's quite valuable.
Henry? Yeah. Do you like the iPod? Do you like the music you're hearing? Yes. Tell me about your music. Well, I don't...I don't have one, I mean...
Ask yes or no questions.
Do you like music? Yeah, I'm crazy about music, and you played beautiful music, beautiful sound, beautiful.
Did you play music when you were... Were you... Did you like music when you were young?
Yes! Yes! I went to big dances and things.
What was your favorite music when you were young?
I guess... Well, Cab Calloway was my number one band guy I liked.
What was your favorite Cab Calloway song?
Oh...I'll be home there for Christmas. Oh...
You can plan on me, with plenty of snow, mistletoe, present wrapped around new tree, aw!
你可以相信我(原歌詞為count on me)，在白雪紛飛的季節，掛上槲寄生，禮物包在新佈置的聖誔樹旁。噢!
So in some sense, Henry has restored to himself. He has remembered who he is, and he has reacquired his identity for a while through the power of music.
What does music do to you?
It gives me the feeling of love, romance.
I figured right now the world need to come into music, singing. And you've got beautiful music here.
Beautiful! Oh, lovely! And there're... I feel the band of love, dream. The Lord came to me, made me holy, I'm a holy man.
So, he gave me these sounds. I heard he(him) saying, "I am with you."
Let me sing. "Rosalie, won't you love me. Rosalie, won't you be sweet and kind."
With this beautiful new technology, you can have all the music, which is significant for you in something as big as a match box or whatever. And I think this may be very, very important in helping to animate, organize and bring a sense of identity back to people who are out of it. Otherwise, music would bring him back into it: into their own personhood, their own memories, their own autobiographies.