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In Austin we have a local outreach program called our music in medicine program where we -- musicians to go. Perform in hospitals and hospices. Say you are I guess a classically trained guitarist -- I actually have no training whatsoever in media. Says current media -- not -- -- yeah I had none whatsoever actually came Austin for grad school in in music and guitars because there's a great guitar teacher here animals and in a great music school you know UT Austin has really defined you know Butler school of music. But yeah I just came here. To -- music and did that government master's degree in 93. And like a lot of people who go in too long not only just fine arts any kind of schooling and you graduate from school and saying okay. I'm going to take a living at this. Actually one of the best things that ever happened to me was I didn't get a job that I applied for palm right when I graduated. From UT Austin in 93. A teacher told me doctor's job openings in a part time guitar professor job that Houston Baptist University so. I went down at the audition now it really and I thought I had the job. And so I started making plans to move to Houston and I was going to be the guitar guy in Houston you know and and basement career out of there and I was just kind of brainstorming about how to. Promote my career and launched since I was from there not yet had the idea of doing a guitar radio show in -- -- -- -- go to a local. You know -- nation and say -- don't need to -- -- radio -- -- and then turns out I didn't get the job and I was crushed 'cause I thought. I thought I had I I was back its positive they edit. And -- And so I was just really disappointed but -- only thinking later well you know I didn't get it that maybe that. Guitar radio shows ago ideas so I started. Doing it here in Austin in non they'd let me try it on came a phase 89 point five as a you know on a trial basis. End. Like. And let me keep doing it -- so it just went on from the Indiana. I did that and then I found out there wasn't a nationally broadcast. Guitar radio program in the US and let's crazies someone's gonna do -- side it will better beat me some models and -- And then I was lucky the very first tee grants I ever wrote ever applied for a guy and that of course -- -- thirty -- no hook. But I had some you know sometimes when he has some initial -- that's enough to propel you to keep going. Got it nationally broadcast in 1997. At the time I didn't even have enough funding to pay for the -- to be on the air for a whole year. So I just had enough grant many idiots started like the first six months I said I'll do it anyway. And went away that's a good example of healing -- the fear in doing anyway she didn't even have funding for twelve month you know and actually. I am I found that. Just since then I thought that was an odd ball is doing things. I've since found out that's actually most people. Largest radio that like when you have an idea. That you think that you believe is. And if you can just convince somebody else besides -- self enough to get it started at least it launched. -- -- To some. A lot of times you can actually. You know just once you get it out that you confined to the rest of the tools that you need to keep it going. I mean I've heard lots of movies getting Condit. Businesses and Internet startups things like that. Somebody has a brilliant idea and maybe they have enough cash to. To get their patent search done in the accident and then it's like if they believe it. This convince one other person you know that's. You know I I thought that was not about way that I found that's actually the norm the quote normal way to stuff. If it's interesting -- that doesn't necessarily feel like the right way -- do it but. Sort of action breeds action and internal your your calling an end to make it -- and by doing instead of waiting for everything to be just perfect and how well the funding runs -- -- -- like how you envisioned in your mind. Ride it's moved that's exactly that's exactly true I mean. If you have a vision. It's something that you want or something you believe then. And in the -- you just keep that vision in your mind. It's like reality starts to billions toward that. I think that's really powerful. -- anchoring and yeah and then I've heard from volleys you know. You know I'm kind of fascinated with the subject all these people you famous in dinners and things like that. Or super creative people that have an idea. It's like that's that's actually how it's time. So it's inspiring. Yeah so what point did you did you begin your community outreach -- your music and Madison. Well that actually it's actually has started when I was a student also. I went to school in. South Carolina university's South Carolina. And my guitar teacher and a great guitar teacher there are also name -- revert. In one of the things that he would recommend. For all of us students to prepare for performances he would say you know. Instead of just practicing and playing your concert one time for grade. One -- she go play in the community you know play it's -- retirement homes in places like that you know it's. It's and it's very easy to play twenty concerts is very difficult to play one from. -- the first one is -- to. In -- no matter like she did you know you put that battery in the -- it's like it's it's like -- only notes citing. You're doing in the middle it's like OK make that mistake the second one's gonna regret. So it's kind of -- you know it's kind of like go play your program somewhere. Where it's low pressure. Make your mistakes find out we -- stuff is retool it. And then go play a bunch and then you gets better and better so so anyway yeah I actually began at his advice. Playing -- retirement homes and then. -- changed a little bit to not place so much at retirement homes -- actually play and hospitals and actually the I do play at a hospital I play it hospice Austin here in Austin every Sunday at noon -- at their Crist warehouse. But actually my very first performance in Austin. Well it's. On Christmas Eve 1990 I just got here in October 1990. You know anybody in this kind of new moon you know lonesome and -- and there -- no anybody M as far away from home on Christmas Sina. So I thought listen stupid no limit feeling sorry for myself so I just opened up the phone book you know they had come to expect in this at ten. I just called up. Hospice Austin and said hey can I come. -- some Christmas music. You know your patients and staff they say yet come under. And so that's what I did my first performance in Austin I've played firm. An audience of one patient and in our sets all I was there is for house and back and that's when that was kind of kind of the back half of the aids epidemic played four. One terminal last stage. Aids patient in you know full blown aids last stages. And Enders. And I remember playing it in fact in who went plays his bad side. And non. And the first thing he said let's hope classical guitarist noting Albanians and immediately got nervous this is like. Oh now I've got a not so funny got a class class yeah. Seles the term actually that time I used to play them Albanians peace and -- and it did and it worked up Daniel was in my programs like darn. So but yeah that's another thing is never underestimate your audience and Ryan's no matter win you line. Never -- -- -- -- remember her and their child you are or anything and also if like us thinking well I mean I'm unfortunate. Had some new flashy performances. You know got to play at the White House three times and -- a tour for the US State Department as a cultural envoy but I I still look at it as you know playing for people when they're sick. Are dying that's the most important performing them and every entity in -- last spring I was playing in. Saint David's hospital. I've played there in fact. I was playing there yesterday have played on the fourth floor than -- played as solo guitars and play in the cafeterias with a trio with published in for Bernardin. And a Grammy winning percussionist named Spinner. And a play above himself on the fifth floor and waiting area but I was playing their last spring. In this family was there they had a family member. To had a terminal illness. Anyway one of the and we members heard me playing the waiting room in the and they asked me if I would either way there. At side and so I did. You know achieve. Passed away yes native to play there and -- I'm just playing for her in the pattern holds handling. Gathered around her medicine. Uses a real powerful moment -- he's crucifixes. On the pillow around her head and everything saying prayers and everyone was. Absolutely silent and I'm playing this music I mean that's a high pressure performance. Yes that. I mean you've described it very well -- and club writes in I was sinking I am I'm so lucky to have this moment with this -- me. Because you're -- -- no matter why. Sheer. Philosophical or religious background. Moments like that I mean that's that's the holiest place in the world be playing music. And if someone is if -- family's gonna open. This. Sacred moment in someone's opinion is someone's life you and ask you played music. If you -- everything you ready to cry you better do that you better do a good job -- the best he can't slow. Excellent. To my knowledge were the only. Classically Carlyle is the only non profit in Austin it's doing. This kind of hospital outreach and -- some do you. Some nursing home performances. That. -- music in medicine program is to my knowledge the only ones like in Austin. If you're just now joining -- science at Austin and speaking with Tony more rest he's the executive director of classical guitar alive and we're talking specifically. I have bouts the community outreach in the organization that's called music and medicine and especially Tony when you talk about playing during the transition of someone living on this earth to leaving the search. That is important playing and how wonderful that that you are doing the -- to hospital communities and hospice communities here in Austin. Well thanks I'm what we're really fortunate. We're actually. I mean. Rupp we receive a lot of funding from a lot of folks our biggest. Supporter of this program is actually the city of -- Cultural arts program in net debt funds not only mean personally to do but we have a number of musicians that you in the -- We keep getting our -- increased every year which is really nice and we receive a lot of support. From individuals. Outside Austin like. -- link foundation. And also many individual governors and then when we. Exhaust says -- I just you know pro Bono so just to keep the program telling of course when that happens the other people them. Perform -- and as this this year -- executive races is kind of like the captain of the ship you know you gotta you gotta. Do it no matter what some. Will resource that I imagine our chests with many non profit especially one like an -- always. Essentials I mean it's always top of mind -- always. Only it's effective relief as the amount of resources that you have if someone's listening and and is impressed his program and wanted to make a donation. Where where can they do them online Tony. -- on our website it's classical guitar alive dot org it's a secure web side and it's and we're 50 -- three its tax deductible and I should say. There's there's actually three big classical guitar organizations in Austin and I know sometimes you -- and confused we're not that local guitar society. And we're also not the -- foundation of America and I'm a member of both of those certain and I give them both money. And -- But we're actually different or classical guitar alive. So. And yachts of -- C three it's tax deductible so and it goes it goes back in the Austin community. -- -- Do you get a lot of requests from. Individual failings to to play. For our sick individuals or -- that mostly tends to come from. Where people happen to see you maybe your -- dated -- -- hospice Austin. Actually a little talking to -- last week. As playing a in the chemotherapy infusion him. Shivers cancer center which is attached to Breckenridge. And -- in the nurses there said hey can you play political wheels can I said yes yes I can play that could. I can -- that ends. And then she said how can you play -- of -- area and I said to efforts due -- that yet a team you know. I think it's yeah and actually get when they actually request something that I either a memorize store I've got the sheet music he has yes I can absolutely play that. Unfortunately somebody asked for Jim Croce time and a bottle as a -- I don't know. Isn't that great of it's a great song. I don't know if I -- sheet music yeah I could lead angry. You know. Knows that's why I'm overjoyed with some just so and ask as -- -- something. How do you choose what you play I mean especially. When you were I mean this is some in some cases of some of -- last music and individuals ever gonna hear during -- -- aren't you know. Do you is that. How -- select benefit more from an intuitive place or how he even especially -- -- class return humans have a lot. She's from -- a great question and and that's something in. I talked to other people about and from being a radio programmer. All of us music programmers. We agonize on those decisions. You know. What sounds good at a certain time today what sounds -- in a certain environment. End I was talking with a colleague of mine. A guitarist in Chicago. Named -- Goldberg who does this -- in some hospitals and Chicago. And she said and I totally agree. You have to match. The environment for example. If fun playing. In the lobby at bracken drainage and it's real busy there's a lot of people you know hustle and bustle. If you play something slow and beautiful lyrical. That's nice and everything but it's not. Going to engage with the environment as much as if you play something higher energy. And also. When I'm playing at hospice Austin's Crist house each usually when I played there in Sunday's news. Each usually kind of quiet if I play something really busy and you know fast. It's not gonna fit in really well so the first thing easy have to match. The mood in the energy of the environment. In order to engage with the people that are there. In the and you can do what she do that you can kind of you can kind of changed the music which is kind of and uninteresting paying for example some sometimes. When I'm playing in a hospital or hospice. On notice that there's people there that are really you know obviously very stressed and upset. And they may be you know kind of yelling or at least their voices are starting to rise. Like a home match. The mood of them in the you know start us. Slow down and start to play a little softer and I can tell. That there even out of the corner there ear listening to me it's like I mean I can bring the tension down it's kind of that is kind of -- eerie seeing them but I I've had people tell me so many times. You know I came here and I was so stressed out and then you know because my father's passing lying and and then when I heard this music. I just I just felt like things were going to be okay and what is that. We get these amazing letters of reference and in fact one will never forget it. This lady. She actually these she actually wrote it she was sudden I think when her father. It's a patient -- hospice Austin. End it she actually relate this to our -- win DB XP is volunteer coordinator who related to meet. She wrote this a wonderful note that said. You know I can't imagine. A better environment. A better. Place for my father -- time. He was seen as a musician. And when I heard this music news sports music playing here. And helped him to -- you know it's going to get in the hospice Austin you have to be in the finals. And so it's. It's known it news when you're there you ago. So at that point it's all about how do we make the transition better for that person -- I am. So but also having said that. You know we do that hospice word but we also plan hospitals were new people are getting better right. And it actually one of the things have found it's actually really fascinating in doing you know grant research in -- applied for grants. You know everyone wants to have quantitative data you know well you know is this sounds all nice and -- and everything playing music for people in hospitals. Really what good reasoning. Well let me tell you and I found. I have in doing my research I can quantify. Studies -- -- didn't and literally cradle to the grave. There's one study I found and I'll share this with anybody who wants to. Once a copy of they can email me classical guitar alive gmail.com. I've found this fascinating study. They measured the actual oxygen absorption rates of premature infants the ones that were. That had music in the environment. Their oxygen absorption rates were higher than those that were in silence. So it's that's quantitative. If you listened. If you have music in your environment it's healthy if you have good healthy music. You're getting you're gonna be more healthy -- if you have silence or at music that also. Alzheimer patients that. That had music in their environment. They -- they were less likely to have you know violent. Outburst they were more engaged with their environment. Vs those that had none were silent so literally you quantitative studies cradle to grave. -- it's a healthy thing and actually. Not only western in the western. Medicine tradition. A friend of mine is indeed scholar. And it is part of her doctoral dissertation she's going to 2000 year old -- library in India and nothing's been RS. In their axles. Things people really had written in India long ago about music and healing. So. It is now we -- measurement western terms but at actually. Or. People actually it's you know not to go to religious -- tangent here. Actually if you look in your Bible in the old testament -- game that he played is. Is liar you know a stringed instrument for the madness of -- -- to -- him. So going back this ancient tradition. Which is you know present in the you know which that's document that's a part of the Jewish Christian and Muslim tradition you know they don't know that King David and in the -- solid playing for the madness of king sol so that's an end with this plucked string instrument. Going back you know over 2000 years so it's an ancient tradition music and healing and it's absolutely quantified. In western medical -- -- and it has a tradition going back. Thousands -- years. It really speaks T the transformative. Power of music that. I think we don't even think about it we take for -- and we enjoy hearing music. You know in the car on the way to work whenever I'm reading -- -- if things to do absolutely. But it. I mean anyone who's who is given a dinner party your camp came on after a hard day at work you turn on some music. And it changes the mood in the -- Is sure does and it's it's. You know I I think it's because music has a rhythm. And our bodies heparin and we have a heart be. We have you know we breeze in and now we have a dire in all cycle you know we sleeping -- awake so it's like. You know just like the inside of a clock you know or the outside of a clock it's gotten our enemy and him a second hand and then inside. The insides of gifts you know not a digital planet has always little workings its -- fast. And humans are the same way you know we have this risen going. And so. When we hear when we kind of tie in our rhythm our bodies with music that we hear. You can speed this up or slow us down and and I think that's also really important it's really important. What you feed your ears. If you if you -- just like you feed your body you feed your soul music be careful what you feed it. Dislike you feed your body if you feed. You body junk food. Body's gonna be composed of junk food be careful what you. What you feed your soul. It makes. Perfect sense when you talk about feeding years and I'm you know I'm guilty of junk -- for the years I. Elect and -- am -- a matter reality television that I now it is not get from my years enormous all. Well it's probably not this it's not a full diet of that either trail of terror and and just like music you know it's like -- they're kind of food you know any other kind of soul food. You know you want a variety. But I'm just saying you don't. Don't feed your -- The 24/7. Diet of war crimes took a you -- musical pork rinds. So that's like you know learn about these people that live on -- and -- it eats only eats chicken nugget. I can imagine but it does speak to win you wanna feed your ears is something really. Really important -- healthy two healthy yes something that's gonna provide a lasting memory I mean that's something when you talk about easing the transition. From life to death to -- for those left behind. That's a transition they're gonna remember losing a loved one they want -- course that transition to be peaceful is possible for the person who is telling and yet they're left behind. With the memory of everything that happened and what you're dealing with class of -- her alive and the music and medicine program Tony. Is definitely creating sound important memories and leaving a lot of stress and anxiety. At the same time in your little things that moment. Well it's good for us to. I play with a great -- Willis Jennifer Bernard she plays with the Austin since -- And Austin lyric opera and victorious symphonies is a great player. In James -- percussionist he's awesome he played on the Eric Johnson CD which won a grand means east tour with Aretha Franklin and -- cross. Well yeah yeah out world -- and it's funny actually concede James. If you Google. The video music video T news. -- theme oriented industry across. So yak Jameson is is the guy playing the tambourine with a huge Afro. It's 1980. Excellent so he's awesome ending any in addition being great players. Which you know there's no shortage. Of great musicians and Austin that's one of the great things about this town. And also the thing I love about both Jennifer and James is they're both great people to news. And one thing that. Is really important about classical guitar -- music in medicine program. Is it's about the music but. First and foremost it's about service. We're not there were. A performance for us we're using we're giving music. So that it has a positive. Impact someone else. If we're playing if like I'm playing solo. In somebody's crying incomes up to me and wants to tell me about your son he used to play guitar. Like in fact this actually happened last Sunday I was playing it hospice Austin in this lady. Came up and -- Her son had passed away there. And she brought her other son -- a guitarist he came and talked to me so if this was -- You know if I was you know you go to cut. Self -- guitarist I would be upset that people that are -- -- my performance but I am happy to stop playing. And and listen to them. Tell me about Powell. Whatever it is that they wanted to tell me that's part of this so that's part of his service it's based in service it's not and a performance opportunity for me or my student. Mormon friends. I'll give you another example of one of the most powerful and second income of this happened several years ago we used to have with us have played with us. A fantastic violinist named Jennifer -- on -- she passed away a couple of years ago. On she was assisting in concert master the -- if you meet people here in Austin new Jennifer. She played with this twice at the White House is and has to play here. And she's played on some movie soundtracks in fact I think she played on the soundtrack to spy kids two -- -- the but she's fantastic musician. But she was also. A warm loving person and I remember one time. We are playing as a trio. Jennifer was playing with us and hospice Austin. And while we're playing someone passed away in the room next to us and this woman came out. And she's just crying. End. And I'll never forget it. Jennifer in the violence -- was playing -- she's standing up. And I was playing. Then with a group policy and a trio with the great flutist were not a green used to run our outreach program. End and we're playing this -- and on. In this woman was crying because someone and -- and we just died. -- every Jennifer. She just she stopped playing she put her violent to -- side and she is spontaneously hug this woman. And this woman just you know she just buried her head on Jennifer's shoulder and his web. And so we're playing this trio -- with. One part is dropped out crying and it was it it actually sounded more powerful because. -- moments in the piece where innocents on the -- some playing what's called Abbas so congenial it's like this underlying harmonic structure. And in the flutes playing their parts when that drops out. And then there's parts with a violent disposed to be playing and it was silent and it was just me playing this kind of in this piece it was actually this really somber powerful. This underpinning baseline. While this woman is crying and is one of the most powerful. Musically experiences among alive that's why I'm fortunate that we have these great musicians that are also great people and in another. Experience equally powerful. A -- again as a trio actually Dell Children's Hospital. This is on Memorial Day several years ago I was playing you lively Renaissance music. Really upbeat you know because there's children are around you know and people walking around. That's classical music but it's real accessible it's upbeat you know. Just like the sunny atmosphere Dell children's you've been there it's it's bright place it's a great place. Anyway were playing and there's this little boy about eight or nine years old. This want to reduce is doing his physical therapy. Severe burn victim I mean really badly scarred. And then he came out user with his grandmother. And he's walking around you know and were playing this music -- started dancing. To this music. And and I was so proud of are my other outreach performers Jennifer and and we're not a is they were because they're such strong. People. In great performers they've they've played in -- saying hey look pitching that's you know keep dancing you know they put their interests around and say you know you go boy I can't. Young and -- start playing and he is really happy. And I know that you know when you see a child with some horrible disfiguring injury. Like you can be heartbreaking. And you can just you know want to weep Foreman you so sorry. Absolutely no you cannot do that you cannot do that and play in my outreach program. You have to be tougher than that. And god bless both of them that's that's what they are and what a great way to embrace life yet out. And end his grandmother was so happy and I'll tell you because that little kid was happy. Spontaneously. There was a crowd started to warm of other little kids there's a little girl. -- in this like little. They have these little a little flat little red wagons -- issues like -- of little IV's staying on wheels and her. Family member mom or somebody. This pushing her so she came as was listening and then there are always people this crowd kind of spontaneously. Formed her on this one little kid and us playing. And and I have to hand it to my my fellows. Music in in Madison performers. That they're they're really great musicians. But first and foremost they're really strong people that they can play in a tough situation. And still perform that that's one thing about you have to. To do this. Two DC GA -- -- music in medicine program -- have to be great musician. But you have to be as strong person because literally people are gonna die in front of you while you're planning. That does happen more and I've had bodies on gurneys and Golan in front of me. We have to and you have to measure you have to keep your composure and you have to play. In fact done the -- in his last week that's going to -- enriched. I was playing in the lobby and I'm I government want peace -- I was playing that remembers playing a more technically. Challenging piece and then I saw in the corner in my eyes so patient on the Gurney and then they stopped. They stopped because of people pushing their Gurney -- -- wanted to listen wanted in the listen. So a -- -- OK I can't look and design to mess up. So I had I get a -- keep focus kissing and they wanna hear this they were here without saying so that's pressure so -- -- that is pressure side played it is like yea got through -- -- when my Barrios pieces which if you know Augustine bar is munger his music is really tough. So I got through it and and at the end of it you know they'll they'll plot in May be have been Metallica had an annualized -- so. Gentlemen that it's kinda later he's on his way to radiology Sonny. Saw we were playing music annually here so. That he can carry that. That memory that sound with and into radiology and well it's it's true that it's true because you know just like how often does that happen that you wake up with an unwanted. Ear worm you know some -- That you don't want just think if you. Or actually no wasn't bar is his music and I was playing at that time I remember I play a couple of pop songs and -- My -- my sunshine mentally it's just a real simple American folks on ice you know you you know you arm essentially yes. That's one of I saw that on to do list as well of the top twenty most popular songs of all time says that OK all learned more. And then I played the George Harrison here comes the sun because it's such it's a great song. It's a -- has a powerful. Simple message it's all right it's all right it's all right so I played those two together in addition my classical stuff. And invariably. I have yet it's funny whenever I play that insulin like sixteen measures a song you are essential. I have yet to play that performed it anywhere. Where someone does not start singing it and -- -- -- it is never it is and I've yet to play at publicly -- someone does not start singing along with. Interesting. You're just now joining us on inside Austin I'm speaking with Tony Morris he's the executive director of classical guitar alive and we're talking about. The transforming it and healing power. Music in particular. PGA's community outreach program and if you -- interest and wanna get involved either as a musician or maybe you want some more information. But some of the studies that Tony was talking about earlier you can email him a classical guitar alive at gmail.com. If you like to make a gift in support of the good work that music and medicine is doing here in Austin community can head over to classical guitar alive dot org make contribution there. -- or anything else that you want folks to know about classical guitar -- music in medicine program. Yeah we knew we need people's support we need some volunteers support to. When we play it would be great if we had someone there who come to -- out reaches. Out keep records like for our city of -- Cultural contract you know we we keep track of how many people are there and -- would be nice to have help with you know because some kind of busy playing here are. On the also we have some other needs we need a computer upgrade for our offices that would be great -- -- would be interest in willing to donate some. Computer equipment -- things like that. Silence that that would be wonderful. I should mention that you know we do these. We do the music in medicine program that we do as a classical guitar live radio program. The third project which we're we're just about to launch is actually -- nationally broadcast PBS television series. Called American classic were actually working with Taylor in PBS San Antonio on that. End. We're going to be filming our pilot episode. Of American classic later this year the format as part historic home tour. Our house concert. So. Really excited about so you'll get like a -- viewed guided tour of some beautiful old fancy house. And then there be musical interludes inside that house in the and it culminates at -- with a big old concert we've got we've got some fancy guest stars -- and -- it. And wearing -- see some spectacular locations union to be amazed is gonna be seen all over the country. There's there's Ali it's really exciting sealed yet. Like like that we're gonna be doing when episode at the bishop's palace in Galveston which is huge. Imposing gothic structure which survived the 19100 hurricane. -- -- has amazing history. So you'll you'll you'll get a hit a sense of the people who lived in the house I would scouting locations in marfa. And an old. Some Adobe houses that if that. -- made as forts against the Apache Indians which have -- an amazing history. There. So we're talking with the owner of that space I'm hoping that we'll get to it. We'll get to do that. So. I'm definitely for its. 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I -- And at that time I was not familiar with. What this big progress plaza I asked do you mind me asking you know what it is only about eight. If she says she didn't enjoy running on a trend now that she needs access Rick Barnes needed to work out she dance. As you literally was dancing debris. And right then and there I was I was totally inspired by I was already planning to. Host choreographers all. But I just wanted to tie it to a charity -- -- which -- -- at eight and kind of went with it it was just it was like -- I just totally went out. -- the dance saying it gave her work out but wasn't so difficult on her lungs that she couldn't breathe but it actually helped her brief exactly. Because as I understand -- -- -- and and we'll certainly get into that that's definitely disease of the lungs. So it's. It's really struggling for air yet so I -- not that. People with this that our -- is actually need to access -- it actually helps them when they actually exercising and working their -- And why did that help let let's turn to you Stacy. Does that help get the fluid out of the lung. Yes there cystic -- braces. Not a lot of people are familiar with the with the disease. And it actually affects the lungs and it digest it systems to people at CF a hard time breathing and they ought to have a hard time digesting Butte and with. Cystic fibrosis. There's a lot of mucus that builds up in your pancreas and in your Atlanta looks. Making it difficult to breathe and making it difficult for the -- to release to digest your feet. And so Theres a lot of different treatments. That people would TF have to follow. In order Qiyue cleared the mucus from their lungs and make it easier for them to read and a lot of -- if -- -- and have found that. A different. Sports activities. Helped them she released Lucas from their lungs said that they -- read better. Many CF patients like to run. Or participate Indian activities -- Bay Area sports activities that they can -- just that. OK if you're just now joining us on inside Yost and having a chat with Stacy dollar she is the executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As well asked fifty plant and Chichi brand off they are the event producers. Dance to breed. That's the Austin choreographers ball I think this is a wonderful. And marriage and a way of event and benefit to -- you were saying teaching in terms of getting inspired by it and really saying OK let's do something she is literally dancing to breathe and let's turn this into something that's gonna benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Yes exactly. One of our other missions is to unite the off its community. There are several. Different shows throughout the community whether in the modern -- -- community about lake community and hit a community. We wanted to create a show that was all encompassing. All the genres of dance all the styles and went -- And we wanted to do it for a good cause. It's -- the notes you. Not for profit. And so. Having with cystic fibrosis. Where does that work with us has been phenomenal for the past four years and we plan to conceive. The work that I was not expecting that it was just like any nightmares. Right yeah I'd ever you know it sort of kids that like and things are meant to be just present themselves exactly. So this event is taking place next Sunday June 1 is that correct correct. So tell us about it what what can folks expect to one up to -- Well this year we're making it bigger than better than we have and the last four years. Doors open at 5 PM and -- over it he knows I'm east Riverside. Outlet stores open we will have a silent auction going on the back of the room hosted by the progress -- foundation. As well as we're going to have food vendors are gonna have an -- an ice out there are some barbecue and they'll be plenty of drinks and everything for people who enjoy and we will also be -- -- -- -- -- -- lot going on our waiting for the show -- our. At 5:30 PM we have seat. Pre show what we've invited hand selected group I'm used. -- to reforms if -- from the top of the act and that 6 PM. The main event will take place well we have all our choreographer showcase their work. I'm issuer is going to be hosted by celebrity choreographers. On eight and and -- Maldonado. Air credits combined are very expensive they've worked with it with the stars they -- I'm not the art movie. Beyoncé. Fergie -- you name it these guys have worked with everybody and so we're really excited to have them come post this though and be a part of it -- here. While that sounds incredible how lucky are we to be living in -- Can it be able to experience stuff like that. So that's you know it's healthy for you get out and do that and then. You know be and that live environment appreciate his performance and yet. Benefiting the -- -- way just to -- -- I first became aware of years ago I read a book a mother had written about her daughter. And what I understand. Is different today for many years ago is the life expectancy as much longer any. Used to be apparent -- yes terror in the 1950s. And the life expectancy for someone with cystic fibrosis with about -- each of five. Unless people we're not making it to elementary school and TJ the life expectancy. Is about 39 years old and more. One -- the exciting being that it happened recently witnessed CF foundation it's about a year and a half ago. -- TF foundation came out with a new drug that actually repairing. The gene that causes cystic fibrosis. The drug is called -- account and it was undated 32 events just like being -- debris all across the country. On -- people were getting together. Keen on fundraisers. To raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and the result of that is drug and called -- account. And it's really -- game changer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. And people on distract our. And gaining weight and growing several inches. Your -- functionality is increasing in 50%. And so it is very exciting time. For people who have cystic fibrosis. And fortunately that -- is really only helping out or percentage. Of the CF population. Senators -- tackle a lot of clinical trials going on right now. That are that are focusing on the had her 96%. So and it is -- theory exciting time pursue yet. We're expecting to hear in the future -- and then we say that we just can't let our foot off the gas right now we really need debt. To keep moving forward we're so close we can't slow down. The message from the CF foundation is that the time is now. And we're just skinny continue to work hard -- really didn't like -- to breathe and others and hopefully -- -- Well it's it's true that. That amount of resources that you have the funds that are available are directly linked to what you're able to accomplish and research I mean there's no question about it and in what you bring -- -- such an important point. You really cannot afford to collect your foot up off the gas. Particularly when your finally making some it's really serious -- how amazing would it be to have -- that was able to change the lives of everyone. It has cystic fibrosis so. If you're just now joining us an insight Austin. I hope your feeling inspired by this -- conversation I'm speaking with -- dollar she's the executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. -- connected with Tiffany plant and Chichi Randolph. Two together recruiting on the dance to Bree Austin advance. This is the Austin choreographers all that we're talking about that benefit cystic fibrosis. Taking place next Sunday June 1 you can buy tickets at dance to Bree Austin. Dot com scroll down to the bottom of the page -- big red button that says buy tickets now. To get them individually of course she can get them at the door. How much money are you expecting to raise this year and how much have you raised in past years. In the past. We've raised. Collectively. Over about 101000 dollars let -- with the past three years. We're hoping this year you know it be great but he just this year alone raised 101000 outlets that would be amazing. Yes so we we are really hoping just as much as we can get. Yes and -- Marion quite an area this integrated that chi -- to bring the whole family to oh absolutely it's all ages event I note that you most that is an all ages and you and idea we have is we have families we have everybody out of the it. So if you're interested and dance where he just enjoy watching better to have a young dancer in your family. What an opportunity. To see the work of these choreographers that you mentioned I mean these are sort of you know these are big time choreographers are asked them. Really it is -- True. You unification of the Austin didn't get communities they're different like from different companies and studios everybody coming together we all -- experience. Share our craft. With each other and with the Austin community as well that's nice they see everyone coming together I think that's a very often thing to do. But you know when you see that kind of unity. And then you think about the talent that sort of focused in that one area and for such important. Reason for such an important -- And and it's true I think -- cystic fibrosis is not something you hear a lot about here a lot about different cancers. And -- nature a lot about other diseases for sure. But cystic fibrosis is not one that really comes up a lot that I think of it also because a friend of mine had a baby recently. The tests that they do you sort of automatically. Came back and one of the proteins with -- and they think wow this -- sort of pointing to cystic fibrosis and I can't tell you. The the fear. You know the the emotional sort of down to your knees kind of pointed -- everybody and and that was just like two week wait. For the additional testing and it turned out to be negative. But in that time span. It really rocked her world in terms of going from thinking I have a healthy baby TU I have a baby that maybe won't live past forty years old. Absolutely. Sarah and Texas was one of the last states to actually adopt and newborn tests being forced to stick by racist but that is something that we do today. He used to -- it cystic fibrosis went undiagnosed for many years. On parents were not exactly sure what was wrong and with your child because they did not do. Testing sports via. When when babies were born. But we do that mail and show and that's very important because we can get to. These children that care that they need right away. Until that's been a very important change import -- TF community. And sit through it it looks like it's to breed we really can bring some awareness. On TB disease. And let people know elect -- -- embraces its. One at be trademarks Agassi you will cut cystic fibrosis is a term called 65 races. A lot of children can not say the words to stick by racists and they refer to the disease as 65 races so. A lot of people have not heard of six cystic I presses that they have returned sixty actresses said that's kind of -- and way to remember. And the terrible disease now that's absolutely right. What else which you like folks and now about the dance two breeds of plants in particular Chichi. We are expanding the weekend. We this year actually started on May 31. Bounced out of -- house we're going -- -- or actor for an answer mixer. -- -- 9 PM. And it Sunday morning Earth's orbit so -- and AM. PM we're going to host a master class workshop. At the Radisson hotel downtown. This is where every choreographers are bank and it. -- -- -- -- Myself -- -- Randolph along with well -- separate album I'll be teaching. There -- ready yet that is is out there that when it this -- an additional witness what the event. And actually if it passes from the liberty choreographers. And then that will move -- the end of the show -- neck and it six. Am the show itself is about an hour 45 minutes so yes it is on a Sunday night. How many are you -- -- -- -- At the show again it will be under most interesting -- we have is the area -- performance. We actually you know it would that is and the -- elsewhere they actually are in the air. They're coming either coming out a ceiling on their on their -- Off and it's absolutely amazing is showstopper every year that we have. Feel like I've seen -- do you I guess to get back yes it kind of angry yeah -- allow how great to be able to see -- in person yes that's. -- -- a case of that does that again it's taking place June 1 the week ended June 1. Things kick off may 31 in the evening at the brass house. And if he wanted to dance Sunday at 10 AM a master class the downtown -- excellent entry and exit of course he's answering get -- okay. And then the pharmacist kicking up Sunday evening June 1 so we're talking about next Sunday dance to -- the Austin choreographers ball is the event that we're talking about. CC is there anything else that you want folks to no bouts cystic fibrosis. -- the cystic fibrosis foundation here and to protect. When you reiterate again what a wonderful cause. This is we really appreciate everyone's support. Once again an incident like this that it helped us to raise funds for -- -- search to find a cure. For cystic fibrosis. And we truly believed that one -- have. Will stand for cure found. And Aaron there's just so much hope in the CF community right now. We can't let our foot off the gas we need to continue to raise funds to find a cure. Ian we're just not gonna stop until we used at -- come out and support this amazing event and support the CF community we have DCU that the event. He can buy tickets at dance to breathe Austin. Dot com you can also get them at the door be just gonna show up to email us at 5 o'clock on Sunday evening -- -- Tiffany TT and Stacy thank you so much for being here and thank you for sharing important to -- And -- Thanks for listening to -- inside Austin.