Community Transition and the Fine and Performing Arts

Rehabilitation comes in many forms. Watch here to learn more about the power of creative arts therapy and TBI.

[Northeast Center For Special Care] [Community Transition & The Fine & Performing Arts] Do you feel really happy that we're going to sing your song and record your song and Eric is going to film it on his camera? Yeah. >>Yeah. He said yeah. We're going to sing it good. Jimmy, will you come sing it with me, man? >>Yeah. All right, brother. He said that's cool. Yeah. That's my man right here. [♪mellow song in minor key♪] [all] Broken brain, broken again, don't light a fire. Fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire. We're getting ready for another show tonight, a very special show at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock. I have a brain injury on this side of my head. It's a bitch. [laughter] It's a bitch to be poetic. I sometimes can't find doors. You know what I mean. Lives that are so intensely lived are lives that absolutely require expression. It's God's world. Everything is alive and so am I. In God's universe there are many blessed and living things. God comes to me in my dreams and lets me know it will be okay. Eventually it will. He does. Yeah. I want to know when. [laughter] I'm impatient. [laughter] I'm impatient. I'm not a patient woman. I am not. Right, right? [laughter] [female speaker] Thank you so much. [applause] May the Lord be with everybody that has a brain injury. It's the worst thing that ever happened to me in my life. Adam is a neighbor at Northeast Center who came in, and he clearly had some musical talent. He was a drummer. We could see he had good ability to drum. But he never sang before. He didn't know he could sing. And just through fooling around in various musical situations, we discovered this amazing talent. I had no idea, not at all. [singing] Some people take walking for granted, some people talk trash all day. [♪band playing blues♪] But for me life's an everyday struggle, wish I could fly away. [♪band continues♪] I started painting about three years ago, since I came here. My whole attitude changed as far as my happiness and not being so mean and not just wanting to do nothing but lay in bed. I can actually say I'm happy when I'm down here working, and it brings up my self-esteem. I think with my painting my story is in the paintings, the happy side of me that I never got to see. Having one of your poems published is like having someone tell you you did a good job. It's very encouraging. It makes me want to get out and experience life and write about it. It's a little like the feeling you get on Christmas morning and you wonder what kind of presents you're going to get. [Thomas M.] Like the son of Atlas I bear the beams of love on my shoulders. It's not easy because I don't know what to do with love. But I am learning. [♪rock music♪] [Adam J. singing] Alive, alive, alive, alive. Only to be alive. Alive, alive, alive, alive, alive. Oh oh, oh oh oh. [♪music continues♪] Oh oh oh, oh oh oh. Oh oh oh. Alive, baby. [cheering and applause]
Posted on BrainLine December 16, 2008.
The Fine Arts Program at the Northeast Center for Special Care. Used with permission. All rights reserved