I’ll Be Your Mirror by The Velvet Underground

This Week’s Song of the Week was recommended by MIA reader Janet Sing: “I believe that the job of a mental health care provider is to help you find the beauty within, and to help people heal and grow. Their job is not to label, poison, control and condemn, which is sadly often the case. Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground was locked in Creedmore psychiatric hospital and he represents well the human potential that is often locked away, stymied and even destroyed by current barbaric psychiatric practices. If today’s psych meds and methods existed hundreds of years ago, we would have precious few museums, music, dance halls, libraries or artistic expression, in general. We would have even fewer scientists and inventions. It is destroying our very culture.”


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