Music As Medicine with Gary Malkin & Michael Stillwater

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Imagine a piece of music that expresses the deepest whispers of your soul, that can carry you to places inside that you cannot define. What if this music could help you explore your fears about death, and so bring greater meaning to your life? Through their work with hospice patients, musicians Gary Malkin and Michael Stillwater found themselves creating music that does all of this and more. In the process, they've tapped a source of wisdom about how we can navigate transitions through living and dying with serenity. In this inspiring conversation they share insights that help us move through fear to a place of trust, whether we're dealing with minor setbacks or major life crises. You'll hear excerpts of their music, described as "the heartprint of a person's essence, when people drop into their intimate self," and discover a unique and valuable tool for persons who are dying as well as people in the fullness of life. (hosted by Michael Toms and Justine Willis Toms)


Gary Malkin is an award-winning composer and performer dedicated to projects that inspire the heart and catalyze social change. He is the winner of seven Emmys and six ASCAP awards for his work in media music production.

Michael Stillwater is a spiritual educator and creator of SongCare, a personalized therapeutic artistry serving people in transition using music for healing. He is an award winning songwriter and recording artist who weaves spiritual insight into the melody and harmony of contemporary music.

Together Gary and Michael have created the recordings Graceful Passages (New World Library 2003) and Care for the Journey.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can cope more easily with everything from a traffic jam to a cancer diagnosis
  • Why contemplating death can bring greater meaning to your life
  • How music can help the spoken word touch your soul
  • Why surrendering to death may support the functioning of your immune system
  • How you can find a balance between action and surrender
Host: Justine & Michael Toms      Interview Date: 1/27/2005      Program Number: 3077