Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Auditory Therapy

It is has been awhile since I wrote about my second awaken - MUSIC.

My wonderful Valentine's gift was an Itouch. I proceeded to load it with all types of music, from 60's, rock, country, and everything in between. I take it everywhere, I mean everywhere and listen in every spare minute. I guess 20 years of losing the joy of beats, harmonies, and singing has taken a toll on me.
I have also come up with my favorite excuses - I am practicing auditory therapy. So when I am blasting my itouch down the hallway at school, before students come, jamming to "Jesus and Gravity." It is therapy. In my small portable, as three other teachers are working and "The Rose" is beaming out, it is therapy. Of course I get a few, can you change the song, but other wise it is great music. At the YMCA, dance, Walmarts, Krogers, Gas Station, and of course the car.

I pick music I have auditory memory of, it helps to understand the songs. I am finally at the point that I am downloading some new music and open to any suggestions. I use music to keep my cochlear implants active. I use steps to actively teach myself new music and sounds.

* I pull up the lyrics online and listen to the song and read the lyrics.
* I practice singing the song with the lyrics, around 10 times a night until I comfortable with the song.
* I do not listen to the song for between 2-5 days.
* Then I listen to the song without visual cues(lyrics), I try to listen and recall the lyrics. Of course I sing along, very loud.
* If I feel comfortable with the song, I add it to my play list and listen to it in rotation.

I have fallen in love with a few songs. I mean head over heel love with some songs that I can't stop listening too.
"Jesus and Gravity" by Dolly Parton
Just listen it is awesome. The words are so beautiful.

"Where is the love" by Donny Hataway and Roberta Flack
Just soulful and I can't stop listening too.

"The Search is Over" by Survivor
Makes me think of love. It reminds me of what Alex and I have been through. LOVE IT
With lyrics like the search is over, love was right before my eyes - oh yes!

"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in" by the 5Th Dimension
Makes me want to put flowers in my hair and get happy!

My favorite::::: "The Rose" by Bette Midler
Can you get any better than that.

Now I need some more songs, I want to listen to a few more current songs. I am lost with what is great. I need suggestions. Oh by the way, I guess my auditory therapy is out of the bag, I need a new excuse.


Abbie said...

I love Chris Daughtry!! :) I'm going to see him again in August... He is my auditory visual therapy. :)

I don't listen to music as much as you do even though I love it.

You could use the excuse that it is therapeutic instead of therapy ;)

MDNJP said...
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Cyborg Queen said...

LOL! I have over 2k songs on my iTunes.

I'm listening to "Memory" by Cats because I was asked to perform the song in ASL. ;-)

Here's some songs (and I think I've said it before), that can help you out a bit.

Solitaire by Clay
For the Longest Time by Billy Joel
Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison
Alone by Heart
The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia by Reba McEntire
How Far by Martina McBride
Endless Night by The Lion King on broadway
Wild One by Faith Hill
We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel
Wasted by Carrie Underwood
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

Hope I gave you a song or two that you can try. I tried to give you a balance of fast paced song, and ballads. I honestly seem to do better when I listen to ballads.

MDNJP said...

oops. Logged in the wrong username. Cyborg Queen