Healing Music for Turbulent Times

AmNews Staff Reports | 10/27/2020, 7:50 p.m.
Two musicians find friendship during quarantine.
Alex Aiono Liz Baylog photo

“Our friendship started in quarantine,” said 24-year old Los Angeles-based musician Alex Aiono of his friendship with fellow musician Dee Wilson.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Wilson describes his music as worship music. “The Medicine” is his latest song. Wilson wrote the song in less than an hour then uploaded it to his Instagram page.

Written during the height of this past summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, the song is a response to what was going on in the country.

Aiono heard it, loved it and sent Wilson a message on Instagram. The two bonded over their love of music and its healing power. They then re-recorded a new version of the song via Zoom.

“For every sickness there is a remedy. For every sickness of the soul there is a healing balm,” said Wilson. He hopes his music is a balm for humanity.

Part of that healing, he believes, needs to start with social media, which he feels has “weaponized the need for human affirmation.”

In making “The Medicine,” both musicians hope it will inspire their listeners to extend kindness to one another during this moment of social upheaval.

“I just want to make good music that folks can identify with,” said Wilson.

“The Medicine” is streaming on all major music platforms.