Charlie Rauh’s latest album, “Theoria,” is not just a musical creation; it’s an immersive journey into the heart of empathy, care, and healing, born out of his artist residency at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. The album, released under Destiny Records, stands as a unique and heartfelt exploration of the connections between humans and animals, conveyed through a lullaby cycle for solo acoustic guitar and a 6-piece choir.
Composed during Rauh’s groundbreaking residency, the album is an auditory testament to the nuances of veterinary care, reflecting the emotional intricacies inherent in the medical treatment of animals. Through solo guitar arrangements and the harmonious voices of the LSU A Capella Choir, directed by Dr. Alissa Rowe, Rauh masterfully captures the essence of trust, hopefulness, and the profound relationships formed between practitioners and their animal patients. “Theoria,” derived from the Greek word meaning “to gaze at, to contemplate with the eyes or with the mind,” mirrors its namesake in providing a window into the shared experiences of humans and animals. Rauh beautifully crafts a sonic tapestry that invites listeners to contemplate the ways in which wellness and empathy intersect at their core.
The album’s twelve parts, ranging from the delicately woven “Theoria Part 1” to the introspective “Theoria Part 13,” showcase Rauh’s exceptional ability to translate the veterinary environment into a musical language. Each piece serves as a chapter, offering a glimpse into the interconnected world of veterinary medicine, where the gaze, feelings, and care of humans and animals intertwine. In “Theoria,” Charlie Rauh has not only created a collection of songs but a deeply moving narrative that celebrates the universal themes of compassion and understanding. It’s a testament to the transformative power of music, reminding us that healing extends beyond the human experience and resonates with all living beings.