I come from a musical family and am musical myself. We have lots of instruments around in our home. However I go through long periods of times when I might not pick an instrument up. And when I do I don’t do anything by the book. I will likely fiddle around with my guitar and try to write a song or play my violin to a backing track that inspires me. So Luca grew up with music around him but not really immersed in it.
When he was 4 we decided to buy Luca a violin as this is one of the instruments I play. It is not an easy instrument to hold let alone play! And if you don’t hold it reasonably correctly you find you can’t play it at all! This was a sticking point for Luca. He didn’t see why he should have to try so hard just to make a sound on a wooden box with some hair on a stick! So the violin went back into its box and stayed there!
All the other instruments that Luca plays on his videos (please see below,) he picks up himself with no prompting from us. We had a ukelele on the wall, an old harmonica in a cupboard, a set of chime bars that we hardly ever played, and bought him a toy accordian one Christmas. He made his own drum set from a set of packaging boxes he found in our hall one day. He also found his own backing tracks – music on his toy radio and on his toy laptop. The words – well, they just come straight out of his heart – whatever he is feeling or thinking in the moment.
You don’t need to be musical to inspire your child to play music. As long as they have a few instruments around them and listen to music they can find their way by themselves. In fact this is exactly what our highly sensitive visionaries like doing. They like leading the way, finding their own inspiration and dancing to the beat of their own drum.
Below is a playlist including some of Luca’s creative musical antics. His first concert includes songs he knows but after that he lets loose. On his journey we discover the magic and challenges of Luca’s extreme sound sensitivity. His journey also takes him through chronic fatigue and out the other side. I hope you find these videos inspiring. We look forward to your comments.