Alive Inside: The Story of Music and Memory


Perhaps you saw the viral video that was going around in the summer of 2012. It featured an elderly gentleman in a nursing home, coming alive through listening to music from his era as if it was manna from heaven. I posted about Henry’s Music back then not knowing that two years later a social worker named Dan Cohen, the man responsible for giving the gift of music to Henry would be my guest on The Listening Program® Radio.

That video was a clip from the production of Alive Inside, the 2014 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary, which brings attention to the work of nonprofit Music & Memory, which promotes the use of music to transform the lives of elders in nursing homes and at their own home regardless of cognitive or physical limitations. This captivating and touching film profiles Henry and other aging elders who are caught in the shattering grip of dementia, but who find light and hope through the beautiful sounds of personal music.

Join me and my guest Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory for what is sure to be an inspiring conversation on The Listening Program Radio Monday, October 6th at 8 pm Eastern.

Register here to receive an email reminder before the free call.

The Irlen Method Explained



Earlier this summer I had the good fortune of attending the Advanced Clinical Summit with my friends and colleagues at EEG Info in Southern California.  My wife and I were there together speaking with many of the leading Neurofeedback practitioners from around the world. During the course of that weekend I noticed a familiar face in the room. That familiar face was Helen Irlen, creator of the Irlen Method.

Helen’s name has come up often with our network of providers who offer The Listening Program® and inTime™ music listening therapy methods. Many of whom combine our brain training through the auditory pathways with visual training, often using the Irlen colored filters. I don’t know a lot about the Irlen Method, but I do know many true believers and practitioners so I’ve asked Helen Irlen to join me on The Listening Program Radio and Podcast to share just what her fascinating work is all about.

If you are interested in tools for brain change, and more specifically how for over 30 years, the Irlen Method has been transforming lives using colored filters please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th at 8:00 PM Eastern for The Listening Program Radio. This teleseminar is FREE and open to the public.  Register here.

This program will cover;

·       What is the Irlen Method?

·       How does it work:  Mind-Body Connection

·       Who can benefit from colored filters?

·       How can you tell if you need to see through color?

·       What are the changes?




Full Access to inTime Video Series


During the launch of inTime earlier this year we were very honored to have The Rockefeller University host us in their Science and Lecture Series for inTime: Intercultural Rhythms, Music, Sound and Science.

The event was a panel discussion with fellow inTime producers Sheila Allen, Nacho Arimany and me, moderated by neuroscientist Dr. Kamran Fallahpour. Following the panel inTime music composer and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany treated us to an incredible concert of his original world-music compositions.

Why am I sharing this with you now? Well, our friends at Ferro Productions and Attitude Post filmed and edited the event into a 15 part video series for us at Advanced Brain Technologies. And I’m thrilled to share it is now available with full access for your online viewing!

You can watch the Introductions (Part 1) here, then go on to view the other 14 parts at your leisure!

I certainly hope you enjoy the series and learning more about inTime , a rhythm-based music listening method developed to influence brain performance and to stimulate changes in focus, rhythm & time, and stress response.

Forgive me

Sleep Genius App Store


Forgive me, I can’t contain my excitement!

After months of hard work by an amazing group of people today we launched the entirely new Sleep Genius app for iOS. And then the most amazing thing happened… It has been featured as a Best New App in the App Store! Personally, I have to  agree with Apple on that point.

Can’t sleep like 25% of your family and friends? Check out the app and tell me what you think!

Android users, the new app will be in Google play anytime now.

Wearables anyone? Sleep Genius seamlessly integrates with Jawbone Up and Fitbit. Note you’ll need to in app purchase Premium for $4.99 to access the Dashboard then do your Personalized Sleep Setup to connect your wearable. Use Samsung Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo? You’ll find the app pre loaded on your device.  Gear fit, find it here.

Promotional plug officially over. Thanks for listening… And sleep well… Zzz…


Back At It

Musical Brain

Did you miss me? Perhaps you didn’t notice I was gone… Either way, I wanted to share that I’m back at it! Back at what you ask? Blogging…

In November I decided to take a hiatus from writing posts so I could focus with a really awesome team of people to launch two exciting products for Advanced Brain Technologies and Sleep Genius. One of these launched in February. It is a rhythm-based music listening therapy called inTime and I must say it is incredible! I couldn’t be happier about the response to it and the stories I am already hearing about the lives it is touching. More on that in-time… The other launch is happening this Friday, and I can hardly wait to share that one with you. If you have difficulty sleeping, you definitely want to stay tuned. And the best way to do that is to follow this blog via email. You’ll find the sign up on the top right of this site. Just type in your email address. It’s super easy!

Those who follow this blog and my work will know that my focus, besides my amazing wife and kids, is on elevating people’s lives by helping them achieve and maintain their sound brain fitness. This is akin to physical exercise making us healthier. To help make the brain fit and performing at its best, you can engage in healthy sound practices which include avoiding noise as much as possible to preserve hearing and reduce stress, and by having a daily listening practice with music listening therapy to feed your brain with the sounds and music it is so hungry for. I can tell you it is absolutely incredible what just these two lifestyle changes can do to help you live a healthier, more productive and happy life!

Did you know that music can change how your brain works?  If you didn’t know, I want you to, because that knowledge can transform your life! To learn more about this idea you might enjoy reading about a recent study at the University of Liverpool that has shown that even brief musical training can increase blood flow in the brain. This research also adds to an existing evidence base that suggests that areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Pretty cool right?

On Hiatus


There are periods in life when you are presented with such abundance of opportunity that you have to make difficult choices about where to spend your time. At the moment this is the case for me. The next 3 months will require my laser sharp focus to launch a significant new program from Advanced Brain Technologies while managing other initiatives through the holidays. For now I must let some things go, including posting to my blog, so this is my official notice that I’m on blogging hiatus. I hope you enjoy the holiday season and look forward to reconnecting with you after the launch!

7 Tips for the Fall Sleep Transition

Alex Doman KUTV 2 News interview with anchor Ron Bird

Alex Doman KUTV 2 News interview with anchor Ron Bird

Are you ready for the time change? This Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 am will mark the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) for most of us in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This is the time of year that our circadian clock becomes disrupted, similar to jet lag, as your body clocks adjust, resetting to a time one hour earlier than you’ve been used to since DST began in March.

Some people find this time change difficult, so KUTV 2News This Morning in Salt Lake City invited me in the studio earlier today to discuss some strategies for handling the “Fall Back” sleep transition with anchor Ron Bird. I’ve expanded on what we discussed below.

7 Tips for the Fall Sleep Transition

  • Stop bad habits- These are things that we can control; smoking, drinking caffeine or alcohol, eating big meals, or doing intensive exercise too close to bed.  Now is a great time to make better sleep hygiene choices.
  • Unplug your devices- Stop staring at your television, computer, tablet, and smart phone at least one hour before bed. Light from these screens suppresses melatonin production, robbing you of vital Zzz’s.
  • Prepare yourself- Start preparing early by trying to stay up later each night this week, starting at 15 minutes, working up to one hour leading up to the time change. By the time Sunday morning rolls around, your circadian clock should be set to the right rhythm.
  • Change your clocks- Most people automatically set the clock back the night before the time change. In the fall, changing the clock the night before will give you an extra hour of sleep. Note, some who suffer from insomnia may be better to change the clock Sunday morning.
  • Get some light- Fall and winter bring shorter and darker days which can lead to sleep problems and depression for many.  Sunlight is needed to keep a healthy circadian rhythm, so get plenty of morning and afternoon light.  If there is not enough natural light to keep you bright, consider a light box.
  • Replace your mattress- Is your mattress old and tired? Chuck it… Improve sleep efficiency by sleeping on a non-toxic, medical grade mattress that provides pressure relief to reduce tossing and turning.
  • Reset with sound- If you have trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep the right sounds can actually improve your brain rhythms for better sleep. Try neuroscience based music and sound created using information garnered helping NASA get astronauts to sleep in space where there is a new sunrise every 90 minutes they orbit the earth! This technology is available in a mobile app and clinical grade sleep system.

Sleep is precious, and over 70 million Americans aren’t getting enough of it. I hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere find these Fall Sleep Tips helpful in getting your nightly 8 as you make the transition to these darker, colder days.

Curious as to why DST even exists? Check out this article from National Geographic.


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