It’s been said that music has charms to tame the savage beast…
Well, as one cancer patient said to show host Cathy DeWitt, it also can calm” the savage disease.” Join Cathy and her guests as they share meaningful moments where music has helped them through times of crisis, upheaval and transformation. Meet professionals who have seen the powerful effect of music as a therapeutic intervention in healthcare settings, schools, and memory-care facilities. Hear the amazing stories from caregivers, patients, and students who have experienced these musical transformations. Joining Cathy will be many musicians who are part of the Positive Music movement, and they will describe their own personal experiences with music, and how it helped them in their lives. You will also be immersed in these musical moments through live and recorded performances on the show. Write in and tell us about your own meaningful music — we may share your healing journey on the air!
Hosted by Cathy DeWitt
A writer, NPR-affiliate radio show host, producer, singer/songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, Cathy DeWitt has had a variety of careers, but music is the thread that’s constantly woven through her life. She grew up in a musical family, sang in choirs and coffeehouses through college, then taught music at Montessori and other private schools. She never planned to work in a hospital (she’d often faint when she had to get a shot), but upon being dragged into it kicking and screaming twenty years ago, the challenge of playing music for patients turned into an amazing and rewarding career. It also brought her opportunities to travel the world as a consultant and presenter for the Arts in Healthcare. Around the same time, she was recruited to play music at Unity of Gainesville, and it soon became her spiritual home. Blessed by these two unexpected journeys, she is now deeply involved in the Positive Music/New Thought movement, and uses music to transform and enhance people’s experiences everywhere she goes. Her award-winning song “Everybody’s Somebody’s Child” was a finalist in the 2011 Posi-Awards as well as Unisong’s International Songwriting Contest Her new CD “The Traveler” is a collaboration across time and space with Unity poet laureate James Dillet Freeman. As she sat at the piano looking at his poems one day, the music just started coming through, and that’s how the project began. This Unity-inspired album is truly a labor of love, and continues to bring her many delightful surprises and connections.