Happy birthday Evelyn Glennie

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  1. headbang8

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    I understand that today, July 19, is Evelyn Glennie's birthday.

    This gifted Scottish precussionist is deaf. She studied music from the age of 12, learning how to play by the vibrations she feels.

    It is argued that she is now, perhaps, the world's foremost percissionist.

    We have stuff to complain about here on the LPSG. But few embrace our--how can I put it?--challenges the way she has.

    I'm listening to an extraordinary drum solo on NPR as we speak. Wow!
     
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    I find it incredibly inspirational when individuals like Evelyn are able to overcome handicaps that most everyone who reads this forum would find absolutely devastating. A quote that I particularly like from a person who was profoundly handicapped is:

    "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
    Helen Keller, US blind & deaf educator (1880 - 1968)

    Helen Keller was both blind and deaf from the age of 19 months. She never learned to speak, but she became a prolific writer and was an inspiration to many handicapped people. Born in the state of Alabama, at a time when blind people in Alabama were committed to asylums, she soared to eventually receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 and become a member of the Women's Hall of Fame in 1965. I hope that Evelyn soars high with Helen above the low ceiling that most of us live under.
     
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    In fact, I was so moved, I mis-spelled the word "percussionist" twice!
     
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