Sound

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

George Harrison

sunOne side of my family tree has a history of hearing-impairedness and when I was a child there was constant vigilance about my wearing hats, ear muffs, and scarves; at one time there was fear that due to illness I would go deaf as had so many of the previous generations.  My hearing was tested time and again, adenoids and tonsils removed.  Whatever weakness there may have been on one side of the genetic tree was balanced by a strength on the other side, and so I’ve had a normal life with regard to hearing sound.

Not so Evelyn Glennie.  Deaf since the age of 11, she is a world-renowned percussionist who speaks brilliantly with passion and insight, she has so much to offer.  In the video below she addresses a Technology Entertainment Design (TED) conference.  TED conferences are for one kind of elite (the cost to attend is upwards of $7,500 USD) and I suspect the rooms are laden with both brilliance and egocentricity.  Here Ms. Glennie has the attendees perform a simple task, which they seemingly do willingly albeit with great conformity (we even hear one attendee gloat about how he’s done it differently, with just two fingers); she compares that to a similar event where children were present.

How to Listen, Evelyn Glennie

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