It Could Only Happen To A Music Therapist

It Could Only Happen To A Music Therapist

by Music Therapist Robin Bates One of the most bizarre situations I can remember happened three months after I qualified. My first ever client in Cornwall was a little boy I’m calling Vyvyan, seven years old, who had cerebral palsy, was quadriplegic, had epilepsy. His parents had moved from London and were living in a tiny cottage at the head of Polwheveral Creek on the Helford River, near Falmouth, a mile from the sea. When I drove down the lane to the cottage, brambles scratched both sides of my car. Vyvyan usually sat in his Mum’s lap in the poky lounge. I took a mbiri and a guitar, and I sang to Vyvyan, taking cues from his eye-movements and breathing pattern; Mum joined in too. […]