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12/20/2012 (2 years ago)

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Remarkable song wins celebrity backing from Ewan MacGregor

Twelve-year-old Adam Bojelian, stricken with cerebral palsy, can only communicate by blinking his eyes. For Adam, a blink means yes while a stare means no. With his 52-year-old mother's help, Adam has now composed a plucky Christmas song that has since attracted celebrity attention and endorsement.

The family in Edinburgh, Scotland has now made the song available on iTunes. Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor has since taken up the boy's cause.

The family in Edinburgh, Scotland has now made the song available on iTunes. Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor has since taken up the boy's cause.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

12/20/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Cerebral palsy, song, Christmas, gibbons, Ewan MacGregor, iTunes

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The family in Edinburgh, Scotland has now made the song available on iTunes. Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor has since taken up the boy's cause.

The song is based on Adam's poem, "Christmas Gibbons," the song tells the story of how Santa can only deliver presents to children with the help of an army of monkeys.

"Because it was a poem about Christmas, I made a list of festive words like snow and Santa and he would blink at the words he wanted to include," Mrs. Zoe Bojelian said.

"We'd gone through this process and had a whole load of Christmassy words and then I asked 'are all the words you want to use on your list?' and he said 'no.'"

Adam carefully selected the letter G followed by I. "I thought the word must be 'gift' but then he chose B and spelled out the word GIBBONS," she added.

"Once he had all the words he needed he put them in order. It took him a week to write all the words for the poem.

"This year his health has been really bad and he was in the Rachel House Hospice for respite care and they asked him to think about what he would like for his Make a Wish.

"Most of his friends wanted to go to Disneyland or meet a celebrity, but Adam wanted to make his poem about the gibbons into a Christmas song."

Born with cerebral palsy, Adam lost all movement at just 10-months-old.

Mrs. Bojelian, studying for a PhD in medical law, noticed that Adam would blink when she spoke to him she realized this was how he was trying to communicate.

As Adam got older and learnt to read she began to hold up an alphabet chart, pointing to letters, with Adam blinking when she pointed to the correct one. This long process can mean it can often take a day to write just one sentence.

Family friend Tom Harrison, a 23-year-old Hollywood music composer, who has worked on hit TV series CSI, Adam's poem has been turned into a song.

"Adam's story really moved me and when his mum told me it was Adam's Christmas wish for his poem to become a song, I just wanted to help make his dream come true," Harrison says.

The song "Christmas Gibbons" is available on iTunes, with 50p going to charity.


Gibbons are fun at Christmas,
They don't mind the snow,
Gibbons are fun at Christmas,
But there is something about them you don't know.

They are Santa's secret weapon,
They work on Christmas night,
Swinging across the roof tops,
They really are a sight.

Bringing lots of presents,
All around the world they go,
More agile than the reindeers,
Swinging to and fro.

They are Santa's secret posties,
Bringing gifts wrapped in paper and ribbons,
You thought the reindeers did this job,
Now you know it is the gibbons.


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