On August 14, 1979, at the age of twenty, I crossed the California state line near Blythe, on my way to Los Angeles. A month before that, I’d never dreamed of coming here, much less doing so to meet the first person I’d ever heard of with Tourette’s who also happed to be a very famous musician. That’s when the journey begin…
36 years later, much has transpired. This blog owes its origins to Julius Wechter, the legendary percussionist and founder of the Baja Marimba Band. Had we not spoken by phone one fateful summer afternoon, I don’t know where my musical or life path would have led. But here we are, and music is the link.
Whether you’ve had Tourette’s all your life or were just recently diagnosed, there will be something of interest (we hope) to invite you to explore the wonder and magic of music and how it can be of help in dealing with Tourette’s.
The therapeutic benefits are amazing. I’ve watched firsthand as a group of young people transformed into freely expressing souls, banging away on a hand drum and escaping for a moment, the never-ending stress of Tourette’s. In my own life, it has served incredibly, allowing me to explore and expand my mind and body in ways almost beyond description.
But we will describe them here, and hopefully, you’ll share your own story that I will gladly post. Please select the Contact link and follow the email address info. Feel free to send music files, video links, whatever you like that expresses your art. We want to spread the word that music can help almost anyone get a better handle on Tourette’s to some degree or another.
So thank you for stopping by and helping us launch Tourette Syndrome and Music. The journey that began so long ago is really only just getting started. For many of, as Frank Zappa once said, “Music is the best.” And he couldn’t be more right.