I want to talk about how “my name is Jace” is so easy to say. Rob [my music therapist] taught me a great song that includes that line and now I hear it so it’s much easier to say. Next up is getting better at “I want” and we have lots of great songs for that like Cheap Tricks [“I Want You to Want Me”] and the Backstreet Boys [“I Want It That Way”]. I’m going to practice that next.
I just finished Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. I want to share how remarkable his writing is, and how humane he is. He tells stories about people with neurological abnormalities and makes inferences about the brain’s meaning. My favorite chapter is “Music on the Brain: Imagery and Imagination” [pdf download]. He describes how he was different from his parents in terms of musical imagery, and he helped me to understand my amazing musical abilities. He is a remarkable neurologist, writer, and human being!
More than how my brain works, I’m thinking about all my homework. I’m always having a new thing to do. Mom always has a new thing on her list for me and it drives me crazy! We reached a compromise this week so I get more music time and we make play more like planning a fun thing than work. I’m home way more on weekends and sometimes hate them because of all the work, but this one was so great. I got to listen to so much music. Mom made cards of amazing fun stuff and we played Legos. Home made me smile! And we went to two awesome concerts. They were so good with many chances to sing along and I did!
All of my listening [to instrumental music] has had an effect. I’m singing the words in my head and out loud. I’m amazed how instrumental music makes me hear the words. I’m always doing it now! [Like when you’re getting ready to say something?] Yes! Many times, I’m already thinking of words in my head. If you know someone who is having trouble talking, try this!
[Here is a link to Jace’s instrumental playlist in Apple Music.]
Music is maybe the best thing there is. More than anything else, it helps me calm down and talk. I think maybe my brain allows music in the manner that you hear, more than words. When I hear words my brain loses them, but music sticks around. Maybe when I hear music I’m using a stronger part of my brain. Mom will give you a link to an amazing article about this. [It is Oliver Sack’s A Bolt from the Blue.] And listen to Johnny Cash!