Occasionally, I have a lot of things I want to say, but not really anything I want to dedicate an entire blog post to. So, we get Quick Hits.
- First of all, it is too stinkin’ hot out there. Remind me again why people like summer?
- Here’s an update on D – after a couple of weeks where he reverted to not wanting to play anything, he played three different instruments today (the quacker, the cabasa, and the lollipop drum). At first, I thought it was going to be more of the same because he kept picking up the instruments off of the tubano and throwing them on the couch. I told him we needed to keep them there, and eventually he started playing them. Progress!
- I have a client, K, who is another one that doesn’t do much in therapy sessions. However, he’s always been willing to play instruments for a little bit, maybe 3-4 measures of a song. He’s more likely to play when no one else is playing. Anyway, that’s not exactly related to what I want to say about him. Recently, I’ve discovered something odd. When I was singing “Born to be Wild” a few weeks ago, he raised his hand and shook it on the chorus – you know, “Born to be wiiiiiiiiiiiild”. He did that every time I sang that phrase. I’ve tried it again on subsequent weeks, and have gotten the exact same reaction every time – same hand, same facial expression (kind of a grimace). It’s very interesting. His house staff has no idea what his connection to the song might be. There’s got to be something.
- I’ve been doing world music with my adult groups recently. It’s been fun, particularly the Latin music lesson (we danced the cha-cha and the rumba). I’m starting to transition into the next unit, which will be preparing for our next trip to the nursing home to sing. We’re going to do oldies this time, so (with the help of a music therapy student who’s working here in day services over the summer), I’ve been trying to get together a list. So far, I’ve got Lean on Me, Build Me Up Buttercup, Rockin Robin, My Girl, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, Georgia on my Mind, Bye Bye Love, Henry the 8th, Hound Dog, Twist and Shout, Doo Wah Diddy, La Bamba, Rock Around the Clock, I Get Around, Walk Like a Man, My Guy, Hey Baby, I’m a Believer, The Locomotion, Going to the Chapel, Stand By Me, Yakety Yak, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and The Banana Boat Song. We’re absolutely not going to do all of these, but I’m open to any further suggestions.
- I’ve been working on an idea, inspired partially by this video. I want to put together a kind of performance group, adolescents or adults who are working together with the specific goal of putting on a concert (and possibly making videos). But I want the concert to be more than just them, since putting together a full set would be a TON of work, and a lot of pressure on every one. So I’d like to open it up to a lot of the people we work with, and use it as a fundraising benefit for Autism month (April) next year. I’m still working on the details, but it’s an idea I’ve been playing around with.
Thanks for reading!