By Angela


a. Mountains, by Lonestar

b. Every Day, by Rascal Flatts

c. How Could Anyone, by Libby Roderick

d. See the Sun, by Dido

e. The Rose, by Bette Midler

Someone asked me what song I would choose to represent my life after the accident. My response was Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie (by Don McLean) because that was when “the music died” in my life on many levels. In attempting to get myself through this brain injury and its life changes, I went inward to tap into my familiar strengths and talents (driving to levy). But I found that “the levy was dry.” There was only a tiny trickle of water that flowed; while it was still there, the trickle was so small, it might as well have been dry. The accident was the day that the person I knew myself to be, died.

After my accident, I quit listening to music. When in the car, I found it too distracting. When I listened to it at home, something had changed. The music got in the way of listening to the words and some sounds and instruments were very annoying to me. I responded by taking music out of my life.

Songs, however, can be a great source for finding words of comfort and/or inspiration. I was reminded of this when one of my friends sent me a song during a rough situation. She wrote a note telling me the words in the song she wanted me to remember.

Thanks to Susie, I slowly allowed songs back into my life – not through music, but through the words. As I struggled with feelings, I began thinking about the words to various songs. I would look up the words to the song and use them as a mantra, singing or humming the song. Finding comfort and solace in the words and message.

I have been able to find a positive side to dealing with my oversensitivity to sound. First, I have become acutely aware of the noise pollution that exists. Blaring, mindless music or sound in malls, restaurants and even in movies. Second, though much of this has caused me to withdraw from mainstream society, I have more control over the sounds I allow into my world to feed and heal my soul.

What songs do you find to be healing to your soul?

© Angela Cramer, 2008

Tags: TBI, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, post concussion syndrome, inspirational songs, music, disabled, handicapped, sound sensitivity, auditory sensitivity


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