A doctor for the soul

A couple of years ago I read this awesome commencement address to musicians but I lost the link. A beautiful post by Heart to Harp triggered me to start looking for it again.

If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at two AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft.

Karl Paulnack (link)

I don’t have much to add to this. Of course, music doesn’t always have to be about the bigger picture, music can also provide personal enjoyment and that is OK as well. But this piece reminded me that music isn’t just a trivial hobby, when done right (and I’m still far from that) it can bring healing, it can be a gift to other people.

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One Comment on “A doctor for the soul”

  1. Thanks for the ping-back. I keep a copy of that same commencement address in my journal. Such a beautiful story and such an inspiration for persevering with all of our struggles with learning an instrument.


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