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The Rock Star
Alex and one of her guitars
Alex and one of her guitars
The Rock Star

My 17 year old daughter has one career goal - Alex wants to be a rock star. Alex has it all planned, she will be Justin Bieber's side kick and start a new band with him. She has spent hours journaling about the songs the band will play, created tons of lyrics and even chosen the instruments this new band will play. Every year at the WindWalkers (therapeutic riding program) benefit Alex is asked (or should I say - she demands?) to play her guitar and sing with the band. She chooses a few songs she likes; the band looks it over, and tells her which songs to practice. This year the agreement was "Let It Be", by the Beatles. Alex practices all the time, but knows no chords, only lots and lots of lyrics. She will google the lyrics, print out and memorize. Alex has had only a few guitar lessons, we stopped when we realized she had no interest in learning from the teacher, but just liked spending time with him. Her voice is magic to me, and I love her facial expressions. The Event was a big success, and my extraordinary girl shone. Watch it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgLP2Dsb17Q Alex has inspired the book "From Grief to Celebration, How One Family Learned to Embrace the Gift of Down Syndrome. For more information or to purchase, visit: http://downsyndrometeenager.blogspot.com/.




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