By Andrew Goldman
“It’s there,” she said. “The music is there. And I don’t have to think about it. It’s in my head.”
The music, Jermyn says, “was the bridge that allowed us to get to the other aspects of her brain.” Though the areas of the brain responsible for playing and enjoying music are distinct from areas that deal with writing and reading comprehension, the introduction of music seemed to unlock the rest of her brain. This breakthrough allowed Jermyn to design a therapy regimen that would help her heal cogni tively. “The fact that she remembered music,” he says, “was huge for us.”
So if he was one of your cell phone contacts, does that mean you knew him before the accident? I ask. “I think we had met maybe days before I got hit, actually. But I don’t even know where he is,” she says.
When she tells me, “I spoke at Penn not too long ago to a panel of neuropsychs from all around the world,” I ask her what the name was of the neuropsychiatrist who approached her and invited her after seeing her perform. “Oh, God. This was like, three years ago, so I don’t remember his name. But he gave me his card and told me he was the director of something.”