“Still playin’ though”
This thread is inspired by the desire to play music through physical issues. Callison’s discussions about the limitations of his hands from a series of issues and surgeries got me thinking.
It seems that where there’s a will, there’s a way. The quote from callison is appropriate - "Still playin’ though".
The two most notable examples I can think of are Charlie Piggott, who got his hand slammed in a car door on tour with DeDannan, which made him give up banjo and transition to melodeon. He has continued on as one of the more talented and respected musicians in the music. And then Siobhan Peoples, who lost the ability to use her ring finger and pinky many years ago, and just invented her own two-finger style on the fiddle. She went on to record a great album with Murty Ryan, and can still play with a drive and flair that is enviable. (And she has regained some of her movement, and is able to use at least her ring finger for ornaments these days. I played with her a couple years ago, and found that her hand looks fairly normal while she’s playing, and her music is wonderful, as usual).
For myself, I occasionally have nightmares about losing my ability to play music for one reason or another. But I am comforted in knowing that where there’s a will, there’s a way, because I imagine that I will always have the will…
I know we’ve had a few discussions in past years about injuries and physical issues, but I’m wondering if people have other stories about other players (or themselves) who have overcome significant physical odds and still continued successfully with the music.