Stars line up to bring patients’ songs to lifeSongs penned by patients of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt were released May 14 worldwide on a compilation CD featuring some of Nashville’s top recording stars.
Artists Kix Brooks, Melinda Doolittle, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Alison Krauss, Maura O’Connell, Johnny Reid, SHEL and Phil Vassar breathed life into songs written by patients along with Vanderbilt music therapist Jenny Plume.
“Everybody Has A Story” is a selection of songs written by patients over the past six years, who were treated for a variety of chronic illnesses such as cancer and cystic fibrosis; two were heart transplant recipients, and one was hospitalized for pneumonia.
Each song was the result of a clinical music therapy session involving the patients and Plume who helped them shape their thoughts and feelings into lyrics and a melody. Some lyrics were crafted out of a story idea, and some were created by long discussions about the patients’ feelings and situations. The song topics range from serious to fun and silly.
“Sometimes we wrote about a real-life experience, other times I would ask questions and the answers would make the lyrics, sometimes we used their poems,” Plume said.
The CD benefits the Julian T. Fouce Music Therapy Fund, founded at Vanderbilt in 2007 by Tom and Maria Fouce in memory of their son, Julian, a great lover of music. Julian died in 2005 after a long battle with leukemia.
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Visit everybodyhasastorycd.com for more information, including a video chronicling the making of the CD with artist and patient interviews.