Music guides a stroke victim back into the world

Here’s your daily dose of bittersweetness:

No music appreciation class can quite do what the Boston Globe did today with its story on the use of music to help a 74-year-old man recover from a massive stroke.

It’s music therapy — or melodic intonation therapy — which can trigger neurologic pathways destroyed by a stroke.

“Music is what emotions sound like,” his therapist said, as good a definition of music as was ever made.

Watch the video and read the story and you’ll never listen to Stand by Me quite the same way again.

β€œI really believe music is his way back into the world,” his wife says.