A Denver, Colorado man became a piano genius overnight after hitting his head on the bottom of a pool.
Six years ago, then 40-year-old Derek Amato dove into the shallow end of a pool and hit his head, according to a report on the Today Show. He suffered a severe concussion, hearing and memory loss.
But a few days later he sat down at a piano for the first time and played an original composition until 2 a.m.
“As I shut my eyes, I found these black and white structures moving from left to right, which in fact would represent in my mind, a fluid and continuous stream of musical notation,” Amato said in a blog post on the Wisconsin Medical Society website.
In the blog post, he also described playing for his mother:
Amato is one of just 30 known “acquired savants” in the world. He’s working on another recording of original music.