Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul
Andrew Schulman, a fifty-seven-year-old professional guitarist, had a close brush with death on the night of July 16, 2009. Against the odds he survived: A medical miracle.
Once fully recovered, Andrew resolved to dedicate his life to bringing music to critically ill patients at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel's ICU. In this book, you'll learn the astonishing story of the people he's met along the way-both patients and doctors-and of the people he has inspired in return.
In his new work as a medical musician, Andrew has met with experts in music, neuroscience, and medicine. In this book, he shares with readers an overview of the cutting edge science and medical theories that illuminate this exciting field. This book explores the power of music to heal the body and waken the spirit.
"Waking the Spirit is an inspiring story that teaches many important spiritual lessons, but the principal one is that to give thanks, you have to give. By healing others, he healed himself. You will never listen to music in the same way again.” - John Kralik, author of 365 Thank Yous
"An inspiring personal story of the ageless power of music to comfort and to heal supported with plentiful compelling scientific evidence.” - Caroline Stoessinger, author of A Century of Wisdom
"Andrew Schulman has chronicled his amazing journey in a book that should be read by everyone, not only by doctors, caregivers and musicians. 'Waking the Spirit' recounts Andrew's own miraculous recovery in an ICU when he was literally brought back to life. His profound discoveries related to healing and self healing through music will astound the reader. As a classical guitarist and composer I have witnessed music's power to heal, but nothing as dramatic as what the author, facing death, has been able to reveal.” - Liona Boyd, author of In My Own Key: My Life in Love and Music
"In the grand tradition of Oliver Sacks' Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Schulman cannily narrates stories of the ways that music can bring healing not only to the broken spirit but also to the broken body." -- No Depression, Journal of Roots Music
"Inspirational." -- Publisher's Weekly
"A very educational and uplifting look at music therapy from a world class musician." -- The Help Desk
Andrew Schulman is the resident musician in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in New York City. He is the founder and artistic director of the Abaca String Band, which has performed throughout the United States. He is also a solo guitarist and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall in London, the White House, and the Improv Comedy Club. He lives in New York City with his wife, Wendy.