On a recent full moon, I was having a little trouble sleeping and fell down an internet rabbit-hole; something I’m sure has happened to us all at some point since our laptops (or smart phones) are now literal human appendages. This particular rabbit hole led me to something more meaningful than my usual searches of backsplash tiles, travel luggage and gardening hacks.
I started to look up exceptional individuals who crossed genres in their excellence (think EGOT types) and meandered through articles that led me to Anton Chekov, Albert Schweitzer and Deepak Chopra. The physician/artist connection directed me to a more recent article by Dr. Lisa Wong1 who is both a pediatrician and symphony violinist. She was discussing the merits of musicianship in medical practitioners as well as the healing power of music for patient and provider alike. The power of medicine, the power of music, the power of them working together – it’s truly incredible.
Dr. Wong isn’t the first to highlight the benefits of the partnership of music and medicine. If you are having a sleepless night or moment of un-planned idleness and would like to explore the topic further here are a few more links for your own rabbit-hole adventure (including the original article I referenced by Dr. Wong).
Music as Medicine
Music and Medicine. Something Important
From Musician to Physician
1Finding Harmony in Music and Medicine
To honor these musician physicians (or just to tune in and drop out for a while), we at DaVita SOURCE have compiled the following medical musical therapy playlist for your listening enjoyment:
Feeling Good Nina Simone
Stiches Shawn Mendes
How to Save a Life The Fray
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Culture Club
Great Day to Be Alive Travis Tritt
Under Pressure David Bowie
Hot Blooded Foreigner
Fever Peggy Lee
Remedy Jason Mraz
Another One Bites the Dust Queen
Doctor, Doctor Thompson Twins
A Little Bit Longer Jonas Brothers
Hospital Counting Crows
Dr. Who Theme (1963) Delia Derbyshire
The Physician Cole Porter
St. James Infirmary White Stripes