Make way for the DJ Savannah!
This past September has been a trying time for Savannah, especially as she slowly comes to the realisation that she is not a typical 19 year old girl. She is struggling to make sense of that. The idea that she may never have a boyfriend or live independently is taking on meaning for her.
To add to the complexity of this time, she also does not cope well on a sensory level; especially when the seasons change. It is not so easy for her to figure out whether she is hot or cold. Seasonal allergies also make her feel more uncomfortable than usual. She becomes more repetitive and more demanding on me. Spring fever takes on a whole new meaning in our house.
For a long time, she wanted to learn to play the Marimbas but we have been unable to find a teacher for her. However, I’m happy to report that September Spring fever was somewhat subdued, when I introduced Savannah to the BEAMZ music software. (You may have received e-mails from me, alerting you to this software, because I was so excited at what possibilities it posed for Savannah and other people who want to make their own music).
I downloaded the trial to Savannah’s computer and one afternoon, together with her siblings, we had lots of fun being DJ’s. Savannah did not allow me to video her, but here is a sample of one of the recordings that she made:
She loves this software and every day she escapes to her computer to “play my BEAMZ”. And yes, like most young adults, she would much rather play her music, than finish her chores and her “studying” (she no longer attends a school, so we can’t say she does “homework”, but like her siblings, she has “studying” time which is when she uses her speech software to practice sentence structure).
So while Savannah realises she is different, I ironically realise that sometimes she is not so different: I’ve threatened to take BEAMZ off her computer if she continues to neglect her work. And like other young adults, she argues with me (verbally saying “No mum”, shakes her head, arms flailing), and apologises (verbally says “Sorry Mum”, signs sorry and makes a sad face) and promises to “I do it tomorrow”. Her ability to deliver on that promise is still a work in progress ;). Like last night’s reason which left me too stunned to answer: “I forgot”.
But who knows if these little recordings that she creates, may someday form part of a musical hit. In the meantime, some of her e-mail buddies are likely to receive Musical Hits from DJ Savannah. Pretty cool.
BTW: She picked up a new word from her sister Talisa: “Jeepers!”. I’ll say.