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June 3 Arts and Entertainment Source: Rhythm Method 4 won’t stop believin’

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Solano County music lovers experiencing concert withdrawal can rejoice. As more residents get vaccinated and statewide restrictions loosen, live music is trickling back into the community, giving residents all the excitement that comes with seeing artists play live as opposed to on a screen.

One band thrilled to be taking the stage is the Rhythm Method 4, a quartet that specializes in covers of songs spanning all decades of popular music with some originals thrown in as well. In the past month, the group has played shows at Travis Air Force Base, the Filling Station in Suisun Valley and the Green River Brewing & Taproom in Winters.

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Vacaville Music Therapy is touching young lives

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Music therapist, Brianna McCulloch (left) uses sign language to communicate with Rayna Neff, 13 of Vacaville during a recent session. McCulloch uses the rhythm of the music to help Neff learn words by regulating her speed and to help form syllables.Ê (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

Sometimes when 13-year-old Rayna Neff sees her music therapist, Brianna McCulloch, she gets so excited that she can’t get her words out.

Rayna was born with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, a rare disease that appears in just one out of 50,000-60,000 people. The syndrome, which prevents the body from making cholesterol, has also caused Rayna to be on the moderate to severe spectrum for autism. Her body cannot make cholesterol.

“It really affects her brain,” said her mom, Nicole Neff. “Her neurons do not fire properly. It causes intellectual disability.”

Rayna is at the developmental level of a toddler. She is so happy when she sees her therapist that the words won’t come. But McCulloch knows how to help.

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