Community Connections | 2.4.2015
Jarrod Pedone suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the hands of a drunk driver, but is now recovering using music as both therapy and career path.
Before September 2nd, Jarrod was a full time musician, recording engineer & composer. On that evening while he was out for a run, he was struck by an intoxicated driver which resulted in a long list of injuries. The most concerning was the traumatic brain injury, especially because his musical career relied so much on his mind and imagination.
Eventually, he awoke to the realization that the therapies available to him in the hospital and recovery weren’t going to be geared towards his musical mind. He learned that standard outpatient therapy, both physical and mental, understandably left something to be desired in regards to recovering his musician's skills. After the accident, he resumed his career path, only to learn that music would provide him with what had been missing from his recovery. Jarod says,
“Little did I know that creating music was now going to be by far the most significant source of therapy that I'd experience.”
For Jarrod, music has proven to be an effective form of therapy in many ways. Writing music, performing, and recording have all played a part in his recovery, but improvisation has also proved to play a valuable role in helping his brain. Improvisation is a creative musical skill that is difficult to master, and has been one of the hardest for him to relearn after his injury.
“The speed and coordination required to perform an improv drum solo have not been easy to recover. However, the pursuit of those skills is yielding significant progress in regards to quick thinking, problem solving, and short term memory improvement.”
In 2014, Jarrod started to create music under the name Ninth Floor Mannequin, and has continued to do so ever since. Not only is it an ongoing source of therapy for him, it’s also proven to be a successful career path even after his brain injury. To make music again after his accident, he went through the old material he had compiled or composed, and worked to breathe some fresh life into his musical passion.
“I scoured my hard drives for ideas. I found them. I relearned them. I finished them. I compiled them. I made a debut EP out of them. This was my musical therapy program. The debut EP that I created during recovery is available for streaming & download here: http://ninthfloormannequin.bandcamp.com”
At LoveYourBrain, we love to see different and inspirational forms of therapy, and we are thrilled to be able to share the story of Jarrod’s success with our community. We want to congratulate him on his drive, his passion, and we encourage him to never give up his musical dreams.
Read more about Jarrod, his music, and his story with Steller Stories at https://steller.co/ajellyelectric and in the Steller Stories App available for download in the Itunes App Store!