Arts For Life music teacher Melissa Hyman records the heartbeat of local pediatric patients with a digital stethoscope. That beat is then used as the backbone of a song (a patient original or a cover of a favorite) and recorded by local musicians. The result is a “superpersonal, very powerful document,” says Hyman. “The patient’s heart, her taste in music and her community’s love and support are all audible there in the recording.” The Heartbeat Sessions is a collaboration between Arts for Life, Echo Mountain Recording Studios and the Asheville music community. Songs from the project will be a highlight of this year’s Heartbeats community art and music show — also a benefit for the program, with children’s art for sale — at The Mothlight on Wednesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. Free. themothlight.com. Photo by Anna Long/Arts For Life
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