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Music, Moments and Gratitude – a New Music Therapy Video

I have had a wonderful summer and am consciously striving to not take these days for granted.   Having the opportunity to spend time with my family and friends and going on an incredible Alaskan running cruise …well it can’t get any better than that.  Usually at this time of year the dryness fades most of the green to brown so being able to run, bike or walk through a field of grass and wild flowers is a small but important reminder of the great place we live.  After 19 years of being a music therapist my clients continue to teach me gratitude and daily thanksgiving be it for the weather (I am one of those that actually enjoys the rain – BC roots et al), my family (those here and past), my job (I know how good it is) or just a great bath with bubbles that I can sit in any day of the week.

I have written about ARBI before – the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured.  I have been inspired to be grateful by the clients served at this agency. Triathletes, Parents, Farmers, University Students are just some of the people that now deal with the day to day copings of their body not doing all the things it once could. These clients have contributed to helping me do something I at one time found so difficult  – to honestly appreciate the little things.

Last year a music therapy documentary in support of the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund was released by Hell Creek Productions. Scott Rondeau the Director and Producer of this project highlighted music therapy programs throughout Canada including the Yukon.  ARBI was the music therapy setting in Calgary.

During the taping we decided to do songwriting as a means to highlight each individual including their hopes for their future.  One young man wrote that he hoped to “walk” again.  He wanted his song to be upbeat and determined.  Then I was introduced to what Mike wrote….or should I say wanted to write… is the video to show you what happened next:

Inhale the beautiful moments.  Happy Summer and send me a note anytime.


  • Jennifer, You are amazing girl!~ I love to watch you work. Your video made me cry, I was so touched by your participants response to the song. Just wanted to let you know also that I have been working at the foothills hospital in neuro rehab. I have just completed a 7 week full time casual placement. I am now working for two weeks until they fill a position. Hopefully it will be filled by me. Having a blast. I love my work.
    Blessings be with you. Talk to you sometime.
    Kim Moncur

    • Thanks Kim for the comment. We have both served this community for a long time now and I feel that if we still tear up once in a while it is a good thing. Good luck with the position – you give so much of yourself.

  • Jennifer, thank you so much for what you are doing in this area. For a long time I had almost forgotten about how lucky I am. Last January after having gone over sixteen years without a seizure, I had three consecutive, massive seizures. That reminded me again of having survived that fifty foot fall onto a cement floor on my father’s farm.
    Monday morning I stopped into the Neurologist’s office while I was downtown switching buses. I wanted to check on the appearance of his letter for the MTO Medical Review Board. His Office Manager and wife,Elspeth, both members of my Church, told me that she was going to check with the typing service.
    Then I caught the other bus towards the Church.
    I missed that stop and ended up around the corner on the other street being treated and then taken in ambulance again to the hospital.
    Again all blood levels were shown to be at therapeutic levels. I had just finished Saturday and Sunday afternoons off and was starting into my free Monday.
    When released I caught the bus downtown on the way home and told Elspeth the latest developments.

    I had just ended six and a half months without a seizure. Prior to that group in January I had been sixteen years since I had the last seizures in Windsor.
    It looks like I certainly have to get rid of the car, give up the hopes of doing that contract in Walkerton. Possibly also the contracts in Stoney Creek and Waterdown. I certainly cannot ask people to give me rides for another six months or more.

    Yes,I am very fortunate and because of this appreciate so much what you are doing for people who were not as fortunate as me. Blessings upon you.


    • Brian, thank you for your thoughtful note. You have always been so open about your history with brain injury. It sounds like you are still facing challenges yet you are doing it with such a positive outlook. Your story inspires many. Jennifer

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