Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Introducing the next Annie: that would be Max

Max is obsessed with Annie—the movie, the show, whatever he can watch on YouTube. That's his current early morning activity (he wakes up around 5:30 a.m., with Ben), before it's time to get ready for school. He saw Annie performed at a local theater a couple of years ago, but for some reason he's now really into it.

Max has been telling me he'd like to be in the show. Yesterday, during music therapy, he and his awesome therapist, Amanda, decided that Max would perform a song from Annie during the recital in June. Max was leaning toward It's A Hard Knock Life, but then settled on Maybe. He gave it a try:

As they practiced, Max's enunciation got a little clearer (and Sabrina performed the role of Obnoxious Sister to perfection). That's one of the amazing powers of music therapy: Max is sometimes able to sing words he can't totally speak.

Afterward, I had to drive him to an evening school program and we sang Maybe in the car the whole way there. I know the words, since I used to sing the Annie soundtrack on bus rides home from school, because I was crazy that way.

This morning, as we practiced again, I called him MaxAnnie and he giggled. This is eminently better than those times when he tells me "You're not funny!" He is so excited to sing it at the recital. I predict he's going to bring the house down.

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