EditorialFor the love of music


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Regan McDonnell

October 16, 2019

Music is transformative.  Music can heal and music affects us all.

Toronto based authors Robert Carli and Terry Stuart set out on a journey to illustrate how and why music has the power to improve our mental, emotional and physical health, help in hindering depression and even delay the onset of dementia.

In investigating this subject, the authors realized there is no one particular song, one specific album or one perfectly curated playlist that can alleviate feelings of sadness or disparity for all.  Rather, the authors observed that it’s the personal meaning of a song to each listener; the emotional weight a specific piece carries for each one of us that gives the music its power.

After talking to anyone who would listen, Terry Stuart and Robert Carli decided to capture personal, compelling stories from a diverse array of Canadians about their own specific journeys and experiences explaining how music saved their lives.  The result was the publishing of The Awesome Music Project Canada: Songs of Hope and Happiness.  Featuring stories shared by well-known Canadians such as Sarah McLachlan, Chris Hadfield, Rick Mercer, Alan Doyle, Theo Fleury, Michael Bublé and countless more, this book captures personal emotional accounts, rounded out by descriptions of neurological research confirming that music is indeed good for us all.

Proceeds from The Awesome Music Project Canada: Songs of Hope and Happiness will go to music and mental health research, starting with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres.

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