I know that some people who have aphasia find singing very helpful. For me, singing is more frustrating than speaking, especially now.
For instance, the other day I tried to sing the chorus
of Yankee Doodle. This is what came out of my mouth:
Yankee doodle wake it up,
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind ta ta ta ta ta ta
And let the girl be handy.
so you know, I sang this song before the stroke with my kids, and I
have sung it approximately 63 times since the stroke. I have looked at
the printed lyrics several times since the stroke. But each time I
sing it, different words come out. (Here are the real words.) It's not a big deal except in church, where I worry about my mouth saying surprising things in a hymn.
I have some guesses about why singing is harder than speaking for me. I still have mild aphasia, but I think the motor control issues I have--such as apraxia and dysarthria--come to the forefront when I sing. Sometimes if I slow the tempo down--way down--and have the lyrics
front of me, I can get through it without making hash out of the words.
But sometimes I think this what is really going on: I
have gremlins in my mouth. Often, they're sleeping. But they like music,
and when I start to sing, the gremlins wake up and dance in my
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