The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Fintan sings his own songs

Today, I heard Fintan singing a song. At first, I just listened to the overall effect of what he was doing and didn't notice the words. The song was clearly his own: it was a rhyming song, with words that spoke of his love for his family - his mother, his father and his brothers.

What I was struck by was how he managed to make his song both rhythmic and rhyming, even as he improvised it as he went along. It was quite clear that he was inventing the song as he sang: it had that feeling of immediacy and spontaneity as he reacted to his own words and their requirements to rhyme, by simply conjuring the rhyme out of mid-air.

It was touching to note both the subject of his song and the way he composed it. It had a tune, it had rhyme and and it had rhythm. Not bad at all for a musically untrained three year old, expressing himself, as he felt best.

(If you would like to read more of Fintan, three, or his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years and six months, or Tiarnan, sixteen months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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