Musical Morphine: Transforming Pain One Note at a Time

Musical Morphine: Transforming Pain One Note at a Time

by Robin Russell Gaiser

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Robin Russell Gaiser became a Certified Music Practitioner after a career as a performing musician and teacher. As she learned how valuable music could be in easing patients' pain -- both physical and psychological -- she began to share her stories with friends and colleagues in music and medicine. This book is the result.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942016175
Publisher: Pisgah Press LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Edition description: First Softcover ed.
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Robin Russell Gaiser earned her BA in English at The College of William and Mary, where she also sang and played with a folk-rock group, both on campus and in venues in Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. After graduation she taught writing and literature in Fairfax County, Virginia; then, while raising her family, she gave private lessons in guitar and dulcimer and performed publicly under the auspices of the Fairfax County Council of the Arts. She also sang in classical choirs and joined The Mill Run Dulcimer Band, recording seven albums now included in the Smithsonian collection.
With her children grown, Robin earned an M.A. in psychology from Marymount University and worked as a guidance counselor for eight years. Then, after relocating to upstate N.Y. and becoming caregiver-and bedside musician-for her dying father, she enrolled in a certification program for therapeutic musicians. As a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP), she is trained to provide live, bedside, one-on-one acoustic music to critically and chronically ill, elderly, and dying patients.
After forty-three years in northern Virginia and eight years in upstate New York, Robin and her husband relocated to Asheville, N.C., where she has pursued both her music and her writing careers. Currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Narrative Medicine at Lenoir-Rhyne University's Graduate Center, Robin also volunteers as a musician at homeless shelters, for homebound seniors, and for nonprofit fundraisers. She and her husband are the parents of one daughter and two sons, and grandparents of three.

Table of Contents

1 Throw Me in for One Last Dip
2 Is This Music Program a Hoax?
3 Welcome to Hospice House
Sheet music - Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn)
4 Almost Heaven: Lavender and Camo
5 Finding My Musical Niche
6 Never Saw a Wolf
7 Musical Morphine
8 Kurt Flies Away
Sheet music - I'll Fly Away
9 Dealer's Choice
10 One, Two, Three Strikes, You're Out
11 Music: 01-Meds: 00
12 Parking My Ego
13 Holding the Music in Her Hands
14 Semper Fi
15 Deathly Afraid
16 Pachelbel and Patsy Cline
17 Last Words
Sheet music - Whispering Hope
18 Lost
19 The Guessing Game
20 Chaos and Clarity
21 Teeth and a Sweatshirt
22 Five Wishes: Do You Think I'm Old and Feeble?
23 Choosing to Go Home: A Toast to Life
24 Staying in the Mystery
25 Playing in the Key of G

Epilogue: Kalanchoe
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