Weezer Responds to Teenager Singing Their Song During Brain Surgery

"It’s awesome and humbling that one of our songs got her through a tremendously difficult experience.”

November 27, 2018

Seattle teenager and self-taught musican Kira Laconetti sang her 19-year-old heart out as doctors performed brain surgery on her.

“Her tumor was discovered because of a very unusual type of epilepsy she had called musicogenic epilepsy,” said Dr. Jason Hauptman, a neurosurgeon in Seattle Children’s Neurosciences Center. “These seizures are triggered by listening to music or singing, which is an unfortunate problem for Kira since she is a performer who likes to sing.” (via Seattle Children's Hospital)

Seattle Children's Hospital
 

The scan on the left shows the tumor pressing up against Laconetti’s auditory cortex. The yellow and red in the image on the right shows the areas of her brain that were activated when she performed musical tasks and their relationship to the location of the tumor. During her procedure, doctors had Kira sing Weezer's 2001 hit "Island In The Sun" to trigger these responses.

 

She chose the track because of the lyrics, which go:

"On an island in the sun,
we'll be playing and having fun,
and it makes me feel so fine I can't control my brain."

Weezer saw the headline circling the internet and responded by inviting her to one of their upcoming shows: 

We reached out to Weezer directly to see what they had to say about the situation. "Kira’s story was amazing and we’re so glad she’s recovering nicely following her surgery," says the band. "It’s awesome and humbling that one of our songs got her through a tremendously difficult experience.”

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