Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Music Never Stopped Trailer 2011 HD
A few weeks ago, I became aware that the movie The Music Never Stopped was hosting free previews across the country. My area just HAD to be on the list since I live in a large metro area. It was! I sent in for my two free passes and was ready to go! Unfortunately my husband and I were not able to get a sitter (I waited to long), so I offered my other pass to one of my Activity Assistants, and rode there with another music therapist.
This movie tells the story of a young man named Gabe who left his home after a fight with his father. After 20 years, the parents receive the phone call that Gabe is in the hospital and had a brain tumor. They are able to operate, but it left Gabe without any long term memory, and some speech and reasoning skills. In a twist of events, the father, who had become so disconnected from his son, becomes the primary caregiver to Gabe. Visiting him every day and continuously searching for anything to help his son. After contacting a music therapist, the real work begins.
The father believes that the music that Gabe will respond to is what he (the father) played for his son, not Gabe's favorite types of music.
The music therapist demonstrates much patience and compassion for Gabe as she try's various types of music and songs to make a connection. Through the use of Gabe's favorite music (rock music of the 60's) she is able to draw Gabe out of the world his brain injury left him in. He is talking about the music, is exhibiting compassionate about the music. This music is what caused the strain 20 years earlier between Gabe and his father. His father has to learn to appreciate the music in order to help his son and reconnect with his son.
I could go into more detail here, but I won't. You will have to see the movie to get the whole story.
The Music Never Stopped gave the viewer a glance into how music therapists work with their clients to illicit change/ growth. The music therapist uses familiar music to draw Gabe out, she also uses rhythmic speech exercises with the tambourine to assist Gabe in gaining memory functions. Throughout the movie, I found myself watching how the music affected Gabe. The actor who played him did a fantastic job of showing Gabe as engaged and actively participating during sessions when the music was on. When the music was turned off, he was able to show how Gabe became disengaged in the world, and retreated into himself.
This movie was full of emotions. Sitting in the front of the theater, I could hear the sounds of laughter, empathy, and sadness. All of which were emotions I experienced as well. Most of the emotion was felt when Gabe made progress during his treatment, and the interaction between Gabe and his father.
I highly suggest finding a theater that is offering this movie and go see it. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
When asked to rate it after the movie.... I gave it 4 out of 4 stars!