Christmas is only two days away, and that means it is time to enjoy some wonderful Christmas music. One little girl has put a new sound on a classic song that will blow your mind.
In a new viral video, 10-year-old Kaylee Rodgers who has autism sang her own version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and is stunning the internet with her beautiful voice. Rodgers sang the song along with Killard House School Choir.
The rendition is beautiful, and you will never believe that it was coming out of the mouth of someone so small and adorable. Now, people from all over the world are hearing this little girl sing and appreciating how amazing she is.
According to the National Autistic Society “autism is a disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people.” Kaylee also has attention deficit disorder, which causes “inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.”
Principal Colin Millard of Kaylee’s school commented, “For a child who came in P4 and wouldn’t really talk, wouldn’t really read out in class, to stand and perform in front of an audience is amazing. It takes a lot of effort on Kaylee’s part.” (via Mashable)
What makes this video even better is that the song’s lyrics were changed to be about the birth of Christ. Now the song “Hallelujah” has a deeper meaning than before. It is amazing not only that Kaylee was able to sing the melodies of the song, but that she was able to memorize customized lyrics so well.
With ADD and autism, it is understandable that those conditions might create some issues with Kaylee’s self-confidence or willingness to speak in front of others. She was able to sing in front of a crowd, her fellow students, teachers, and cameras and did such a fantastic job.
Conditions like autism still have an unnecessary stigma in today’s society. We need to do a better job to let people with mental conditions be loved and understood in our society. That is, I believe, what Jesus would ask us to do, after all.
Kaylee has done an excellent job of reminding us what Christmas is all about. It’s not about presents, Santa Claus, reindeer, or candy canes; it’s about the birth of Jesus Christ. By changing the words of this song, she reminds us that the real reason we are celebrating is that of a baby lying in a manger, that died for our sins.
I have heard “happy holidays” way too many times this year. To every person who says that to me, I say “Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!” We have to do a better job of cutting through the wall of political correctness.
Christmas music is the best part of the holidays, and Kaylee’s song is the best Christmas song I have heard this year. When it is this good, it reaches down and connects with your soul on a deep emotional level.
Let us honor Kaylee by singing Christmas carols with our family as we gather around the Christmas tree this weekend and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!
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