Sunday, August 3, 2008

Every time I hear it the memory floodgates open

Which song brings you the best memories? David McMahon of Author Blog asks this question for his weekly feature Weekend Wandering.

The song that brings back the best memories is not one from my youth, it is not a love song, or even a hymn. It's a 70's Rock Song - one that reminds me of the triumph of my son over an aggressive tumor. He was bald as a bowling ball, sick as a dog and down in the dumps - chemo will do that to you.

My husband had just bought me a new digital video camera for my birthday, and I decided to try it out and video Ty's expressions while his favorite song was playing. I'm so glad I did, it captured one of my most treasured moments and I didn't even know it until I played it back.

***Side note: Ty does not speak, he suffered a brain inflammation when he was 2 months old that disabled him, but he does make noise. Does he ever! Whenever a favorite song of his comes on, he dances along moving what he can and hootin' and hollerin'.***

This time was no exception. I played Queen's "We Will Rock You" and turned on the camera. Sure enough he put on his usual show, keeping time to the steady beat. When I played back the film, he seemed to say "Rock You" - twice! It is one of the few times he has spoken in his short life, and it reminds me of his amazing spirit. See what you think (look for it at the 12-second mark).

More songs he likes


david mcmahon said...

Tyler, you rock.

You have an amazing family. Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all, across the miles.

As a father myself, I salute you.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing what music does for us. That is a great video.

PS I left you something on my blog.

Claudious said...

I love the beginning of that song, before they start totally "rocking" the words are great to me. My heart goes out to you.

Sandra Ree said...

Tyler does have an amazing spirit, thank you for sharing this! Congratulations on Post Of The Day with authorblog!

RiverPoet said...

What a sweet boy! He is so lucky to have you!

Peace - D
(here by way of David)

Akelamalu said...

I popped over from Authorblog to say congratulations to you on Post of the Day. I wasn't expecting to be moved to tears. Tyler is a truly amazing spirit and so reminded me of my eldest grandson and grandaughter (they died in 1996)neither of whom could speak, but boy did they love music!

Thank you.

Reiki blessings to Tyler and to you his family. x

Hilary said...

Wonderful, touching and beautiful.

Merisi said...

Thanks to Authorblog's David that he lead me over here, and to you, for sharing your poignant story about this very special memory in both yours and your son's life. Blessings to your family!

Congratulations on winning David's "Post of the Day" award! :-)