Melody Gardot is a Grammy nominated singer, writer and musician. Her career started after she was hit by a car whilst cycling. The physical and neurological consequences were severe as she suffered serious head and spinal injuries. She spent a year confined to a hospital bed and had to remain lying on her back. The neural injuries left her hypersensitive to both light and sound and caused both long and short term memory problems.
The accident had damaged the neural pathways between the brains two cortices, which control perception and higher mental functions and made Gardot (in her own words) ‘”a bit of a vegetable”. As well as making it very hard for her to speak or communicate she found it difficult to recall the right words to express her feelings.
She got fed up with all her medication and turned to music therapy. Music involving listening and making a verbal attempt to sing or hum is thought to help the brain form new pathways. She made good progress and was eventually able to write original songs, then perform them and the rest as they say, is history.
I can’t help but feel inspired by her story. I thought readers of this blog might like a change from my usual rants about Social Care … and by the way, music is a feature of Headway’s Day Opportunity programs.