Unlike most human activities, making music is a combined function of both the left and right sides of the brain. That's why music therapy is playing such a big role in the remarkable recovery of Gabby Giffords, the U.S. House of Representatives member from Arizona who was brain injured and lost language skills when she was shot by a would-be assassin in 2011.
Less than a year after her shooting, television cameras followed Giffords through speech and music therapy sessions.
Giffords, who was frustrated by her inability to find the word "light" when she wanted to speak it, had no trouble at all remembering the word when she joined her guitar-playing music therapist in singing the song, "This Little Light of Mine."
It's an inspirational story that speaks to the tremendous power of music.
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