Music Soothes the Savage Beast*

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Imagine that you’re a newborn in an intensive care unit. Maybe you were born prematurely, or you didn’t get enough oxygen during the delivery. Everything around you is chaos. It’s as if you were safe in your nice warm bed and suddenly, out of nowhere, someone rips the sheets off of you, opens the window, shines a flood light in your face—and you’re powerless. How can you be soothed in an environment where you are confused, terrified, and lost?