Medicine and music taught us to go in one direction probably. Music as a cure for the soul dates back to the ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato. We are used to following more and more schools of thought maintaining that music has the potential to heal, moreover being the patient a musician.

Recently the young Spanish musician Carlos Aguilera had to undergo a brain surgery that produced quite a sensation. Indeed Aguilera, 27 years old, played his own saxophone during the whole operation, carried out for 12 hours at the Malaga’s regional hospital. Keeping himself awake, while surgeons were working on his brain tumor, allowed Aguilera to not lose consciousness and moreover to not lose the ability that has always marked his life: playing music.

12 hours non-stop of sax riffs for the young artist, whom after the successful surgery described himself as reborn, only months after the big fear for his disease.

Despite Europe experienced such a method for the first time ever, in the United States this is a long established practice, as reported on NPR’s Shots recent story The Neuroscience Of Musical Perception, Bass Guitars And Drake.

A Slovenian Soprano, Ambroz Bajec, was instead asked to sing some fragments of Franz Schubert’s Gute Nacht. In August, Bajec-Lapajne posted a video of his performance in the operating theater. “All is fine until min. 2:40 when things start to get very interesting,” Bajec-Lapajne said about the video. “It’s been more than a year since and I’m doing fine, continuing my professional singing career.”

Other recent incredible cases include:

Therefore a new challenge is emerging in the field of medicine, that combined with art, especially music, may mark a new stage for the cure of the soul… and maybe more.

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Lorenzo Salmi

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Lorenzo Salmi is a freelance communication and cultural marketing operator. A relentless enthusiastic of electronic music, Lorenzo is Editor and Co-Founder of the music workgroup Collettivo HMCF and promoter of roBOt Festival in South America. With a Master Degree in Marketing, Communication and Media at the Bologna Business School, Lorenzo loves to say he lives amassing LP and singles, writing travel journals and getting lost at dawn with a swim at the seaside.