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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Hold On and Jury Duty

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The elegant spiritual above was written by an unknown author before the Civil War. For me, these three young singers' voices tap into the deep wellspring of emotions that inspire. The lyrics speak beautifully to what it takes to awaken responsibility and create personal and social change for the greater good.

I was selected to sit on a 12 person jury this past week for a felony trial. Juror responsibility is one that we should all embrace since it speaks to the essence of democracy. Although far from perfect, our constitution guarantees every individual the right to a fair, speedy and public trial, and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty—without a reasonable doubt.  


"Hold On" speaks to how we respond to all the unexpected events in our lives. Between every event and our response is a space. In that space, we show the strength of our character by keeping our hand on both the real or metaphoric plow and holding on.


Singing or listening to others sing allows most of us to work harder and longer. The vibrations keep our spirits up. Lyrics that are couched in ambiguous phrases—meaningful to some, yet cryptic to others at the same time—rarely fail to intrigue the poetic soul.  

Keep your hand on that plow and hold on. Can't plow straight if you're looking back. Hold on.


In terms of music history, Antonin Dvorak's interest in cataloging the spiritual music art of the ever-expanding American frontier of the 19th century created an important dialog between black, white, and native musicians that most music scholars believe to be responsible for jazz innovation.

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. Louis Armstrong

Ellen Troyer—with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

The video above was performed by a group called D.E.M. 

Biosyntrx strongly believes that appreciation, exploration and commitment to science, art, music, and humanities adds significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole.