Hint: Tourette’s loses!
Rocking from the beginning
Hobbies are a great way to distract and treat Tourette’s. Personally I enjoy creating and listening to music. The tics i have seem to dissipate when I’m rocking the drums and guitar. Not sure if this is because my mind is so focused on the music or whether there is some other reason to do with chemicals in the brain when music is involved. All I know, is that it works and it’s lovely. I started playing drums at the age of 12 and although there was no diagnosis of Tourette’s back then, it was obvious that I had what the doctors called ‘habits’. Find out more in another blog. These ‘habits’ seemed to go and the old “noggin” seemed to be at peace when a drum set was in my peripheral. I could let all my anger and rage out and still keep a steady beat, mostly.
Project punk band
When I was around 15 I got the opportunity to play a song with a neighbours band, I had heard the song once or twice but never played it, yet when I went behind that kit something just made me feel great and I immediately picked up the beat and played the song with almost no mistakes, I even threw a small fill or drum solo in there. Following on from this I joined a band at school with a few friends who later became some of the closest people in my life.
There was Alex, Tom and Jamie. Jamie was the bassist, Tom was the guitarist and Alex was the singer with the *cough* beautiful *cough* voice. I kid of course he has improved so much over the years, we all have and its different now as the band is not quite together anymore. Enough of the sad times, these were the good times.
So, we got a gig! It was going to be THE show, playing to a huge audience. The expectations were; screaming groupies, roadies to carry the instruments and to live like royalty. No groupies or roadies, apart from Jimmy, my brother, yet the show went on, at my parents’ house. Maybe it wasn’t the biggest gig of all time. Nonetheless it was then that I realised that this was what I wanted to do in my life, perform. So there it is, having Tourette’s had no negative impacts on music, if anything music punched back at Tourette’s.
If you want to check out the band, click on the shiny writing.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
“Where music speaks, tics fail.” – Dan Morten