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From March 24, 2005...

Arts news

I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry, a look at music therapy and how it’s helping special needs preschoolers here in Birmingham. Also - the eccentric philosopher of Fairhope, Alabama. That – and a Birmingham band that mixes funk, psychedelic rock and wild improv...you'll want to stay tuned – after this wrap-up of arts news from Tanya Ott.

Arts news

Matthew Leong

The idea that music can heal is at least as old as the writings of Aristotle and Plato. Music therapy, as a 20th century discipline, began after World Wars I and 2, when community musicians of all types, both amateur and professional, went to Veterans hospitals around the country to play for the thousands of veterans suffering both physical and emotional trauma. The practice has now spread to hospitals and schools. Even preschools, like the one that United Cerebral Palsy operates here in Birmingham. For some parents of special needs kids, a healthy dose of tunes is just what the doctor ordered, as WBHM's Tanya Ott reports.

Muisc therapy

Learn more about music therapy and see photos from the Hand-in-Hand preschool, at our website...wbhm.org.

The Poet of Tolstoy Park

If you were told you only had a year to live, where would you go? In 1925 – an Idaho man was told he was dying of consumption and should go somewhere warm … like San Diego. Instead, Henry Stuart moved to Fairhope, Alabama, where he attracted quite a lot of attention for always going barefoot and building an unusual home. It was concrete and totally round. If you travel to Fairhope today, you’ll find the house still there.

Author Sonny Brewer grew up in Fairhope, hearing about Henry Stuart and his eccentric ways. He's written a book about it called The Poet of Tolstoy Park. Sonny Brewer WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington recently spoke with Brewer about his book, which opens with a long quote from a speech by the Oglala Sioux Holy Man Black Elk. It talks about the importance of the circle to all life.

Sonny Brewer interview

That was author Sonny Brewer speaking with WBHM's Rosemary Pennington. His book about eccentric philosopher Henry Stuart of Fairhope, Alabama, is called The Poet of Tolstoy Park.

Pixelated eye

If you've been to a movie lately, you've probably seen an actor who doesn't exist...a character created entirely by computer. With today's technology, a collection of pixels can look almost like a real human being...the key word being 'almost.' Reporter Dale Short has the story of a young computer animator who set out to create an imaginary spokesperson for his company, but ended up haunted by much larger questions.

Soul of a pixel

What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.

Community Calendar


Birmingham band – DOWNRIGHT. They've been called soulful -- AND -- ferocious! And their unique mix of funk, psychedelic rock, wild improv and soul music is quite a show. In fact, we hear that bootleg recordings of their live performances are starting to circulate on the internet and elsewhere. This is Quicksand Baby off the new CD Hidden Agenda. Keyboardist Matt Divine and guitarist Steve Lewis are with the band. (MUSIC)

Music and interview with DOWNRIGHT

That’s Quicksand Baby from the new CD Hidden Agenda. DOWNRIGHT plays the Arena on Saturday. We’ve got more of their music available for download on the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell handles our music. Production assistance from Brian Creel, Brad Robinson, and Ali Boudhani. Additional reporting this week from Rosemary Pennington and Dale Short. I'm Greg Bass… thanks for joining us!