Good afternoon, everyone! We’re finally having a sunny day here in Rochester, and I must say- I’m loving it! My shades are up and I’m enjoying every bit of light coming through my windows. 🙂 It sure helps to lift my spirits since I’ve been harboring a nasty cold for just about a week now. Such a bummer!
In other news: 2 of my music therapy students performed in their high school’s talent show this past Friday, and they were AWESOME!!! I know I am [naturally] a bit biased, but I think the 100+ people in the audience agreed seeing how they were the only participants to receive standing ovations AND a nearly-deafening applause. I was SO proud of them and overjoyed to see the pride on their faces from knowing that they rocked their own socks off on stage.
As a trio, we sang Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue” with the guitar and shaker accompaniment, which the boys jazzed up with choreography that linked up with the lyrics in the refrain: “There you go making my heart beat again, heart beat again, heart beat again…” etc. For the chorus, we had a little joke circulating that came from our clapping clues — to help us clap in sync, we chose the words “stuck,” “you,” and “stuck” as our target words. Everyone in the classroom (myself included) found ourselves saying, “Stuck you stuck!” so often that it became like our own little “inside joke,” and was the inspiration for the t-shirts the boys, their entire support staff, and I ended up sporting on the night of the talent show! Despite being pumped up with adrenaline, I think I successfully explained this story to the audience in cohesive sentences… if not, they picked up on the cues fairly quickly as the song went on. Yay!
Next, we performed Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” with the original verse lyrics substituted by lyrics the boys composed themselves. We all wore matching sunglasses and put on our best rockstar faces — which was a lot of fun for all of us. 😉 The audience joined in and sang “We will, we will, ROCK YOU,” and I think that’s what solidified our trio’s rockstar status. I mean, check out the picture above — we were seriously rocking!
The last performance from the Stuck You Stuck Trio was more relaxed and intimate — “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from the Lion King. One of the students in our trio, Sam,* I see in both a group and individual therapy setting. In his individual music sessions, we devote half of our time to playing the keyboard — an instrument he really enjoys, and has truly excelled in learning to play. In about 6 months time, Sam has learned to read music, incorporate sharps and flats into his playing, understand the varying note values, and play melodies written within a 2-octave range. The self-gratification he receives from playing is evident in the smile on his face and his eagerness to learn. Watching him grow as an individual and musician has been an experience I feel truly lucky to be a part of.
After finishing his piece, Sam received a standing ovation from multiple members of the audience, with the applause continuing on for so long that the 3rd member of our trio, John*, was able to rejoin us on stage for ANOTHER bow.
I don’t know that words can sufficiently illustrate the overwhelming feelings of pride and accomplishment that we all experienced that night — it was one of those things you “just had to be there” for. But, I thought it was still important to share what I could about my awesome Friday night. Pictures will be posted sometime this week — they are high resolution files and were taken on a professional camera (So fancy!), so I have to compress them before posting.
In the meantime, thank you for reading! We’d love to hear about experiences you’ve had in your profession that have had a lasting impact, so please share! —Noa
*Names have been changed to ensure confidentiality. However, clients have provided written consent allowing their photos to be used for media-related and distribution purposes.