月別アーカイブ: 2015年11月

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (酷い雨が降り出しそう)

I heard this song,  “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan in the first time in a long long time today on the radio (thanks to George Williams of “Ready Steady George!!”).  And I was moved by the powerful message of the song.

今日インターFMの “Ready Steady George”というラジオ番組で、本当に久しぶりにボブディランの “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”という曲を聴きました。そしてこの歌の強いメッセージに心が打たれました。

I am not a poet.  So I don’t know the exact meaning of the song.  But I think I get the general ideas.  And the message is powerful to me.


The song begins like this

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
And where have you been my darling young one?


どこへ行ってたの 青い目の我が息子
どこへ行ってたの 私のかわいい子

And the song continues by the “blue-eyed son” describing the places he has been, the things he has seen and heard, people he has met.


And they all reflect the sad reality of the world.


And then he concludes the chorus by singing,

And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall. 



I assume the song was written sometime in the 1960’s.  But the sad reality of the world has not changed much.


Listening to the song as a teenager back in 1980’s, I used to feel sad about the world that I was about to enter into.  Unfairness, injustice, loneliness, emptiness, hopelessness.  To me, these are the impression of the world that is described in the song.


After hearing about the terrible terrorist attack in Paris, I started thinking more about the violence in the world and why it happens.


Again, I am not sociology researcher.  So I don’t know the exact cause of the violence.  But I have some ideas.  And those, to me, are unfairness, injustice, loneliness, emptiness, hopelessness, what is depicted in the song.


The world now feels like “a hard rain’s a-gonna fall”  A chain of violence.


Experiencing this awful reality of the world, this blue eyed son can become someone who would spend all of his time in front of computer writing negative things of others in the internet and fueling into more violence in the world.  If something went wrong and extreme, he could become a desperate terrorist or school shooter.  He could start the hard rain himself.

この酷い世界の現実を経験して、この青い目のかわいい子は、自分の時間の全てをパソコンの前で過ごし、ネットに他人の悪口を書き綴り、世界の暴力の火に油を注ぐような人間になったかもしれません。もし何かの間違いが極限までいってしまったら、彼は自爆テロリストになったり、無差別殺人をするような人になるかもしれません。 彼自身が酷い雨を降らせたかもしれません。

I could have become the one.


The last verse starts by asking another question to the “blued eyed son

And what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
And what’ll you do now my darling young one?


これからどうするの 青い目の我が息子
これからどうするの 私のかわいい子

And fortunately, the blue-eyed son answers to the question

I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’



And he again starts describing the world he is going back into.  But he makes a strong statement of what he will do there.

And I’ll tell and speak it and think it and breathe it
And reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it
And I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’
But I’ll know my song well before I start singing


そして山の上からそれらを伝える 全ての魂がそれを見えるように

As a person, a father, a teacher, and a music therapist, I feel that I have to be “a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin'”.  I feel that I should start from where I am now, to breathe with the young souls and reflect what we can do to make the world a little better place, before they get consumed by the world’s unfairness, injustice, loneliness, emptiness, and hopelessness, which seem to me as one of the cause of violence.


Please refer to the entire lyrics of the song in the link below.




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デリオ博士について (About Dr. Dileo)


In my last blog, I talked about the full Ph D program in music therapy being offered at Temple University Japan (TUJ).


Today I will talk about Dr. Cheryl Dileo, Coordinator PhD Program in Music Therapy.


Dr Dileo’s knowledge in music therapy is so deep and wide that it always impresses me.


I was impressed with her wealth of knowledge in the field of music therapy when I saw her last time in September when I visited the US.  I was there to escort Dr. Matsumoto of Mukogawa women’s university to observe music therapy programs at correctional institutions in US.


The first observation site was going to be the prison in Pennsylvania, where I interned.  Before the observation, we paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Dileo at Temple University main campus.


When I introduced Dr. Matsumoto and explained the purpose of our visit to the US, Dr. Dileo started talking about various music therapists in the field of correctional music therapy to us, not only from America but also from all over the world, with up-to-date information.  It was like “If are interested in MT at correctional setting, specifically for those who have developmental disability, there is a music therapist in New Jersey ….”, or “The book about correctional music therapy is going to be published by the British music therapist …”, and  so forth.


And what I was most impressed was that she knows them all in person!  She said like “… and (the therapist) is a good friend of mine” or “… and I taught her (the therapist)”.


Still, she never brags about all she has.  She is very gentle and always pays respect to us.



I am really looking forward to learning from her!  If you would like to know more about her, please visit the link below.  And if you are interested, I encourage you challenge the Ph D at TUJ.


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日本で音楽療法博士になれます(You can earn American Ph D in Music Therapy in Japan!)



Did you know that you can earn Ph D in Music Therapy in Japan?


Temple University, prestigious school in American music therapy that created many fine music therapy practitioners, theorists and researchers, has a branch in Tokyo Japan.  And they are launching the Ph D course in Music Therapy at Temple University Japan (as know as TUJ).  Please refere to the link below for the actual information.






The Ph D courses consist with intensives and online learning, just as same as what they offer in Philadelphia main campus.  It is arranged in the way that those who have full time position can manage.


I am going to challenge this Ph D program.  I have been accepted to the program before I began my current job and have postponed the admission.

Below is the schedule of the courses offered during intensive, which I acquired from Dr. Dileo, the Coordinator PhD Program in Music Therapy.

テンプル大学日本校 Temple University Tokyo

2016年夏学期 音楽療法コース Music Therapy Courses offered Summer, 2016

音楽教育9641 (講師:デリオ博士、1単位)博士セミナー Music Education 9641 (Dileo 1 cr.) Doctoral Seminar

音楽教育8602 (講師:デリオ博士、3単位)量的研究 Music Education 8602 (Dileo 3 cr.) Quantitative Research

音楽教育8618 (講師:デリオ博士、2単位)音楽と医療:生物心理社会的基礎 Music Education 8618 (Dileo, 2 cr.) Music and Medicine: Biopsychosocial Foundations

授業時間:午前9時から午後4時まで Times for all classes are: 9:00 to 4:00

4月25日(月)から4月28日(木) 量的研究 (修士号博士号課程混合授業)

From Monday April 25​ to Thursday April 28​ Mus Ed 8602 Quantitative Research (Master’s or PhD students)

4月29日(金)から4月30日(土)音楽と医療 (修士号博士号課程混合授業)

From Friday April 29 to ​​Saturday April 30 Mus Ed 8618​Music and Medicine (Master’s or PhD Students)


On Sunday May 1 ​​Mus Ed 9641​Doctoral Seminar (PhD Students Only)



For these courses to be offereed, certain number of enrollment is needed.  I encourage you to contact Dr. Dileo if you are interested in the program.  It is a great opportunity for Asian music therapist to gain more expertise in music therapy while being close to home.   All the courses are offered in English.  Here is her email address.


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