To thank everyone for sticking around to see if we still existed, I promised some actual, mmm, CONTENT. This one sorta blew my mind:
Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuosa percussionist. Royal Academy of Music grad? Check. Grammy Award winner? Check. Regular extensive world tours with orchestras and collaborations with musicians ranging from Bjork to Bobby McFerrin? Check. Performed on Sesame Street and at the Olympic Games? Check. Deaf as a post? Check. Wait, what?
Hearing? I don’t need no stinkin’ hearing to be a professional musician.
Glennie began to lose her hearing at age 8, and by age 12, was profoundly deaf. You’d think that hearing would be the one thing necessary for a professional musician. Nah, not so much. She often performs barefoot, and feels the music through her whole body.
Here is an interesting TED talk where she plays and talks about how to really listen to music:
Moral of the story? Don’t let anything stop you from doing what you want to do. Deaf? Be a musician. Worked for Beethoven.