Music is a gift and it’s an added bonus in life. It plays such a large role in our lives it’s hard to go through an entire day without hearing some type of music. And it usually lifts your spirit and makes you feel better. One of the first things that we do when we get in our car is to turn on the radio, and it helps make long road trips much more enjoyable. When you think about it, music is the main star in the majority of life events.
It is the first thing we think about when it comes to wedding planning, birthday parties, and holiday events. There aren’t too many people who can say they dislike music.
Music’s prevalence in our lives is certainly very apparent in the video below.
Amanda Bowman Gray managed to capture one of the sweetest moments on film when she caught her 11-year-old daughter singing “You Are My Sunshine” to Gray’s two-year-old son, Bo, who has down syndrome. It all started when the older sibling, Lydia, was tasked with watching Bo while Gray took a shower. When she came back into the room, she was overcome with emotion when she saw Lydia strumming the guitar and singing the song while Bo rocked back and forth and even completed the end of Lydia’s sentences. She would start “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me…”
And Bo would finish the lyrics by singing “happy.”
Gray was so smitten with the moment that she shared the video on Facebook alongside the following post…
“My daughter Lydia was watching Bo while I was in the shower. Came out to this. If she didn’t have a guitar I don’t know if she would know how to babysit him. This is her go-to. It’s proof that music therapy works. Bo is 25 months old and has a 12-word vocabulary. Every word he has learned has been through music and singing.”
The family considers music to be a savior, as Lydia has been playing the guitar since she was four-years-old and Gray and her husband sang You Are My Sunshine to Bo, before he underwent heart surgery to soothe him. It served as a calming experience for both Bo, Lydia and the Gray parents.
“At night we would practice and sing this song while he was in my arms. It was very much routine before his surgery,” said Gray.
As soon as Bo awoke from the surgery, the Gray’s with there with a guitar to execute the soothing song, helping him in recovery.
“This was the first time that he moved as he reacted to the familiarity of the song and our voices. He was so heavily sedated and wouldn’t respond. From then on this has become his theme song,” said Gray, who believes that Bo has transformed the family with his constant love.
“He is a blessing,” said Gray. “He has brought a sweet spirit into our home and a little piece of heaven. He has changed our lives and humbled us beyond measure.”
“We feel like he’s defying the odds. Thanks to Lydia and her determination, she pushed forward with music therapy. We’re so proud of our kids,” she said.
The touching video has been viewed 30 million times, inspiring all those who watch it.