How Music Can Be Therapy
This is Bo Gray and his sister, Lydia, using music as the best form of therapy. At the time this video was recorded, Lydia was 11 years old and Bo was just 25 months old.
The video of Bo trying to sing along with his older sister was captured by Bo’s mother, Amanda Bowman Gray, who later posted the video on Facebook. It quickly touched the hearts of millions across the world and later received more than 12 million views on YouTube too. Amanda said, “My daughter Lydia was watching Bo while I was in the shower. Came out to this.”.
Since the video has made its round on YouTube and Facebook, the family from Heber City, Utah, have become well known not just for the video, but for the beautiful story behind it. Talking about Lydia, Amanda said, “If she didn’t have a guitar, I don’t know if she would know how to babysit him. This is her go to.”
The family includes father Caleb Gray and brothers Thomas, 15, William, 13, and Hunter, 3. However it’s the daily jam sessions with Lydia that has helped Bo’s vocabulary improve massively, they call it “Music Therapy”.
Bo has Down syndrome and was also born with several other conditions including heart and lung problems. He has been in and out of hospitals and doctors throughout his brief life being treated for these conditions.
However, he hasn’t let any of this stop him from having his own theme song. His favourite song is “You Are My Sunshine” which became his go-to song after he had undergone heart surgery in 2016. Bowman Gray said, “After weeks and weeks (which ended up in months) of being in the hospital in a silent room of the CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit) we got special permission to bring a guitar in and sing to him in hopes that it would comfort him.”
It was during this period of time where Bo said his first word. After Lydia sang him “You Are My Sunshine” on the guitar in the hospital, Bo said “Happy”. “It’s proof that music therapy works,” Bowman Gray, “Every word he has learned has been through music and singing.”