What I have to do as a musician is do everything that is not on the music.

Oh please watch … and listen …

Music really is our daily medicine … I say music but actually I mean sound …

For those of you unfamiliar with Evelyn Glennie, she is deaf. She is a musician. And I’m simply blown away by her playing, and by her thinking as well.

… oh! And she makes jewelery too. I know a number of musicians who make jewelery. (I actually did this at one point.) I think we just love creativity and can’t stop!

This past week was very insightful for me. Anyone who reads this blog all the time knows I suffered from some hearing loss last spring. The loss is only with the left ear, and isn’t complete, but it’s what the doctor called “significant”. Since that loss I hadn’t played English horn. So when I played on stage for the first time this past week I learned something; the hearing loss affects my English horn hearing more than my oboe hearing. I was nearly in tears. It all seemed so different to me. I even thought, “Is it time to hang it all up?” But no … I am not at all ready to do that. I had to learn (and thank you “patti with an i” for this!) to trust my body — to trust what I already know — and to believe that I could still play the horn. The next rehearsal felt better. (Encouragement from my colleagues helped immensely.) And the concerts felt very good.

The way Evelyn Glennie plays is just amazing to me. I hope you enjoy the video! There were moments that made me cry.


  1. patti with an i

    awww, shucks, patty-with-a-y, ’tweren’t nuthin… just the way friends and colleagues should be there for each other.

  2. Well, I’m very thankful for friends and colleagues like you. Really and truly. Your words helped me focus … and remember. 🙂