http://www.notaryengland.co.uk/blog/ Man gets a concussion and becomes a musical genius
Posted on 10:05pm Friday 8th Jun 2012
99% of people would consider a concussion to be a bad event to occur. So did Derek Amato before his. He dove into a shallow pool and hit his head, but came out a musical genius. The 40 year old Denver, Colorado native is just one of 30 people in the entire world suffering from Acquired Savant Syndrome, where people display profound abilities after suffering head trauma.
After years of failed jobs and homelessness, he is now enjoying a career in music and can play eight instruments - despite never having a lesson in his life. He has now recounted the startling moment he felt drawn to a friend’s piano after the October 2006 accident and immediately began playing.
“It was one of those moments when you just knew. It was just drawing me to it.”
Amato cannot read music, but explains that he sees black and white squares in his head that trigger his fingers to move. And they never stop, he is thinking of music in all conversations.
“That’s my notation. When those black and white squares are going, that’s what my hands do. I’m convinced it’s all for a reason and it’s my job to do right.”
What a remarkable story.