Magical Music for Special Kids
When Kamari Bredy's Mom Jhane talks about her son, one word specifically stands out…Bright! "His smile is bright, his eyes are bright….he's a bright kid!" , she exclaims. One of the things that makes Kamari light up is music, especially hip-hop. Despite his cerebral palsy, this 7-year-old will sing and smile whenever he hears his favorite songs.
This connection of music and joy is at the heart of musician John Beltzer's deepest ambition of doing what he loves for a good purpose - to bring a smile to the face of a child. This concept is at the core his nonprofit foundation, Songs Of Love, which creates free, personalized songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges.
Walking down the street in early 1996, an idea suddenly came to John that would deeply touch many lives. As a way of providing sick children with an ongoing source of comfort and joy, and a therapeutic tool to help with the healing process, he set out to create personalized one-of-a-kind songs for them.
Each "song of love" is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child's name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best by a talented singer/songwriter. Each "song of love" is then delivered to the child.
The "songs of love" have often been played to alleviate pain and trauma during painful and scary hospital treatments. The song recipients have played their "songs of love" in all kinds of situations and settings such as car trips to the hospital, show and tell at school, for family and friends in person or on the phone, and even for the doctors and nurses. The children have their "songs of love" always available to them whenever they are feeling down.
"I really think it's a great way to reach out to kids, especially kids with special needs, because they need something to make them feel special, "Jhane shared. "It's perfect for him because it's really him."
As each child is unique, so is every "song of love" composition. Since 1996 the Songs of Love Foundation has reached out to over 30,000 children in over 500 hospitals and health care facilities in all 50 states and the world. Watch and see how this unique organization is working its magic, one kid and one song at a time.
Learn more at: https://www.songsoflove.org/
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