Father Sings the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ To His Dying Infant
Music has a way of capturing, reflecting and reinforcing one's emotions. It's there with you in happy times -- and there to comfort in sadness.
This is truly the case here with a video recently posted on YouTube (above) that shows Chris Picco singing the Beatles' 'Blackbird' to his son, Lennon James Picco, who was in the hospital, laying in the NICU.
According to the video's text, Picco's wife, Ashley, "unexpectedly and tragically passed away in her sleep," and the baby had to be delivered by emergency C-section at just six months in. They explain how during her pregnancy, there was a lack of movement and brain activity from the baby, but when music was played, she could feel the baby move.
Picco asked the hospital staff if he could bring his guitar into the NICU to play for Lennon, who passed away one day later. You can watch the moving, and sad, video above. In support of Picco, a memorial fund has been set up to help with expenses.
For so many, music is a best friend and a confidant. Something that can make you feel like a million dollars, or make you feel less alone in times of trouble. While it is still an odd phenomenon with people living seemingly every aspect of their lives in public via social media -- in this case, sharing the video for all to see -- it is also a reminder of just how much music can mean to people at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows; it's always there for us.
Rest in peace, little Lennon.