Mack Bailey, Music Therapist. How Music Rewires the Brain

Mack Bailey, legendary musician, singer, songwriter, and music therapist uses songwriting and music to rewire the brain.

Songwriting and music brought Mack from the brink of what he calls a time in his life where he found little hope.

Mack became fascinated with the brain and the use of music therapy to help heal people with PTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.) These studies as a certified music therapist started Mack on his journey to heal veterans who have PTSD.

Listen to Mack’s stories of his own struggles and how he rewired his brain through music and songwriting. Mack shares some of his music and incredible stories about veterans of whom he helped change their lives through his therapy program, Music Therapy of the Rockies.


  1. Michael Huxley on 07/13/2020 at 3:27 PM

    Having known Mack for a few years now, I’ve been fortunate enough to both work with Mack professionally as well as having developed a strong friendship with he and his family. This guy is 100% authentic! His heart for helping others comes from a deep understanding of overcoming pain and adversity he’s experienced in his own life. I was privileged to work with Mack during one of his music therapy sessions with veterans and saw first hand the intimate nature of his approach to actually “healing” through music. His commitment to his therapy and those he heals is not only a thing of beauty but it is a unique form of therapy which empowers his participants to develop skills they can use long after the initial sessions. Music Therapy of the Rockies is a wonderful “healing” nonprofit well worth partnership and investment. Keep up the wonderful work Mack!

    • Catherine on 07/13/2020 at 6:40 PM

      Michael thank you so much for your inspirational comment. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the episode and the authenticity of Mack and the organic conversation between Mack and me. I agree with all that you said. It has been fantastic to watch Mack use his talents in such healing ways. Cheers to those who return to school to serve humanity! Cheers to the many positive imprints in our world. Thank you again Michael for listening and sharing your thoughts. Catherine, Your Positive Imprint. What’s YOUR P.I.?

  2. Billie G. Mathews, PhD on 07/14/2020 at 6:53 PM

    Thank you for producing this amazing story. As an public school educator, music educator, and musician, Mack’s story resonates with me. His message is very valuable. We must believe to make the positive possible.

    • Catherine on 07/27/2020 at 1:56 AM

      Hello Billie, Oh yes!! I agree with you about making the positive possible. Thank you for that comment and also for listening to the show. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that Mack Bailey inspires you. Best of luck with your own music endeavors! Catherine

  3. Gloria Robinson on 07/19/2020 at 7:51 PM

    Hello Mack, my name is Gloria and was featured on the prior episode on being a caregiver.
    So just wanted to let you know that we found your interview very interesting and sounds like you do a lot of great work! Enjoyed the guitar background as well.

    • Catherine on 07/27/2020 at 1:52 AM

      Gloria, Thank you for listening to the episode featuring Mack Bailey. I’m so glad you enjoyed his positive imprints and the music he shared. I will pass along this note to him. Thank you again! Catherine

  4. Pamela King on 11/02/2020 at 3:45 AM

    Catherine so enjoyed this podcast . I recently completed a music therapy of the Rockies retreat with Mack Bailey. It was a fabulous experience. Writing “my” song was such a healing experience. It was a great experience for me in another way, Gary the Vietnam Vet, you and Mack are referring to in this podcast was a very dear friend of mine, we had known each other for over 40 years. He had attended the retreat last year and I saw how it had helped him and he suggested that I attend. I was unable to attend his funeral because of Covid so I was able to get closure at this retreat it was a double healing process for me. Pam

  5. Ruth Lin Coutermarsh on 07/04/2021 at 3:35 PM

    I have complex ptsd. No hope. Is there help?

    • Catherine on 07/13/2021 at 9:04 PM

      I have sent your question to Mack Bailey. Thank you for listening. I appreciate you reaching out.

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