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All Songs +1: How Music Can Save Your Life

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All Songs +1: How Music Can Really Save Your Life

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All Songs +1: How Music Can Really Save Your Life

All Songs +1: How Music Can Save Your Life

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While they're not splitting open a person's chest and massaging their heart back to life, musicians and the songs they make may actually be saving lives. At least that's the consensus we gathered from the thousands of stories and comments we've gotten in the past week from listeners in response to two recent posts — one about songs that make you cry, and one from our Good Listener advice column that fielded the direct question, can a song really save your life?

For this week's All Songs +1 podcast, we're joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, who writes our advice column, The Good Listener, to help unravel the healing powers of music.