How "Turn it to the Left" Became the Academy’s Signature RapBy Sharon Kujawa
Every fall, the Department of Audiology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston holds a large Public Forum on Hearing and Hearing Loss. This year, shortly before our Forum, I was talking with Isaiah Jackson, conductor, musician, teacher and a good friend of our Department, about some of our research and educational activities in the area of noise-induced hearing loss. Consistent with his nature... and his energy level, he became very interested in learning more. I directed him towards a number of materials aimed at educating children and adults about the dangers of high level sound exposure. About two weeks after our conversation, I found this email from Isaiah in my mailbox. It read:
“Attached is a rap that my son, Ben Jackson,
Benjamin Jackson is a remarkable young man. A classically trained musician and cum laude graduate of Harvard in Linguistics, he sings, composes, has served as engineer and producer on several studio albums, and teaches in summer middle school enrichment programs in Cambridge. He will enter Stanford University Law School in the fall.
By writing the educational rap “Turn it to the Left,” he has managed to convey the essential message that many of us try to communicate in our lectures and our writings...and of course, to our patients.
Hear Ben Jackson perform ‘Turn it to the Left’!