Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears - it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more - it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, top speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.
- Oliver Sacks
Neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
**Dedicated to my brother-in-law, Michael, who has been in the hospital for a month after a serious car accident, and who only recently opened his eyes for the first time. Maybe we should pipe in some 50 cent... if that isn't enough motivation to get out of that hospital then nothing is.