Those who know me, know that I have two kids with Autism. So as a subject, it is hugely important to my life. My kids are high functioning compared to other kids with Autism. Music won over Autism. Thanks to the band P.O.D.!
This is the story of the son of friends of mine. He loves the band P.O.D. I’ll quote her words here, only removing the son’s name from the story. I did ask permission to share this story. I don’t own the rights to the music, all rights are retained by the copyright holders.
“Our son has autism. He loves the band POD, especially their song “Beautiful”. On Friday we decided to take a chance and take him to their concert in Moorhead. We had no idea how he would do or if it would be too much for him. We packed earplugs and sensory toys and had a plan if he got overwhelmed. In addition, we also purchased meet and greets prior to the show. When Sonny, the lead singer, met us we told him how my son loved their music and how even though his communication was limited, he could sing every word to Beautiful. Sonny got his manger and said he wanted us side stage for their performance, and when they sang beautiful he invited my son to join him. I sat side stage and cried as I watched my son have an amazing moment. He sang his heart out in front of the crowd. Music won over Autism on a Friday night.”
The moment lives changed again!
The back story.
One day a few years ago, I heard my son singing in the living room and I went in to find him on his iPad watching the POD beautiful video and singing every word. We were shocked. His speech was very limited but here he was singing away. It was the first time he had really showed interest in mainstream music, something that wasn’t geared towards toddlers and little Kids. He continues to listen to and sing this song every day! This opened a door to him listening to more music and singing more songs which seemed to also help his communication skills grow. I’m not sure what it was about the song that he connected to, but that song was a door that opened so much growth. I will forever be thankful to POD for making music that changed his life!
Thank you to the band POD for sharing the love, and showing how music can work miracles – even if for a brief moment in time.
Thank you to the family for allowing me the honor to share their story. Such a moment to treasure!
Please, if you are of a mind, check out this band.