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Music

“The Choice”

Nate Sandor was a foreign medical graduate who because of our licensing regulations was required to repeat the last three years of medical education. And so he joined us in the fourth year of our six year course. He was in my small clinical group, and as he lived nearby we became quite close friends.

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Video: The Genius of Sinatra

An appreciation of the genius of Frank Sinatra. From the “Music for Healing” series of informal talks by Dr. Diamond.

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“The Pulse of Music”

Toscanini was once congratulated after a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by a member of the audience who told him that he had previously heard him conduct the same work some thirty years previously. And, he went on to say, the performance was identical. Toscanini told him this was not the case – his pulse rate had been different on that occasion.

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“Beat versus Pulse”

All music comes from the mother. From the rhythmic pulsation which we felt when inside her, and then later from her cradling and rocking, her lilt and her lullaby. And all love came from her – and all negativity. Within each of us there are two mothers, the one we know who loves us – and the one we fear, the one we must obey: “She who must be obeyed.”

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Video: Grace

Inspired by a story told to him by the great Australian writer Alan Marshall, Dr. Diamond discusses the concept of grace: in movement, in sports, and in music.

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Video: The Didgeridoo and the Trombidoo

Dr. Diamond discusses his history of his relationship with the didgeridoo, and how it led to the creation of a new instrument with high Life Energy, the trombidoo. One in the “Music for Healing” series of informal talks.

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Video: Van Beinum and His Timpanist

An appreciation of the great Dutch conductor Eduard van Beinum (1901-1959) – and his remarkable timpanist. From the “Music for Healing” series of informal talks by John Diamond, M.D.

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“The Lullaby as Gratos”

The mother's lullaby is always gratos, a song of gratitude.
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Video: Early Experiences in Music Healing

Dr. Diamond recalls his early experiences in using music for healing. From the “Music for Healing” series of informal talks by John Diamond, M.D.

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“Performance and Truth”

"Looke upon the rainebow, and praise him that made it, very beautifull it is in the brightnesse thereof. It compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the most high have bended it." — Ecclesiasticus xliii: 11–12

At one time, for a period of several months, I had almost no inclination to write anything: general essays, research findings, or even my so-called poetry. I initially thought that this was some form of blockage, then I realized that it was but the next stage in a process that had become apparent over the previous few years, which included the giving up of my “composing”—and especially of my seminars and lectures. At this time, when I received a speaking invitation my immediate thought was how to get out of it. It was not performance anxiety—I have never experienced that—but rather the absence of the desire to perform. And this I regarded not as a problem but a virtue, not as an impediment but a breakthrough.
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