"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path." -Psalm 119:105

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


The following is a speech I wrote with the theme 'music' for our Speakables Tecorians meeting this evening. (Speakables is the Darfield Tecorians group). Tecorians is similar to Toastmasters and through it you learn useful public speaking skills.  We are always ready to welcome more members so contact me if you are interested.

Music is a very complex and very amazing thing, but even more amazing are some of the composers who overcame great odds and still became world-renowned musicians. 
For example, Beethoven became deaf in his late 20s but continued to create stunningly beautiful music, and wrote many of his great masterpieces after he became deaf.  I love what someone said about him, and here I quote: “The important thing is that Beethoven did not give up but realised that he had to face the truth and continue living his dream of composing music.  Even his deafness was not enough to be an obstacle to block his path of success.  Beethoven saw this disability as a challenge to be fought and overcome.  His stubborn nature strengthened him and he came to terms with his deafness in a dynamic, constructive way to become a world famous composer.”

Another musician who overcame a lot was Tony Lommi.  When he was 17 he lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident in a sheet metal factory.  He considered quitting music but a record by another guitarist who had been injured in the same way encouraged him to keep playing.  After failing at playing right-handed, Tony strung his guitars with banjo strings and wore plastic covers over the two damaged fingers.  He made the covers by melting plastic bottles and dipping his fingers in while the plastic was soft enough to be shaped.

It’s not easy but it is totally possible to rise above circumstances.  Johann  Sebastian Bach, an incredible musician who became blind later in his live once said, “I was obliged to be industrious.  Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.”

Franz Joseph Haydn had a hard start, leaving his family when he was six years old to live a difficult life with some relatives.  Later, he said, “Young people can learn from my example that something can come from nothing.  What I have become is the result of my hard efforts.”

I want to encourage you that in whatever you are doing, with diligence, dedication and determination it is possible to succeed, just like so many of the great musical composers demonstrated throughout history.


 "However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
the things God has prepared for those who love him"— 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV


  1. Thanks Danella for sharing your speech with us! It was encouraging to me to keep going with diligence at what I am doing in school! And I also loved the verse you added from 1 Corinthians. What kind of music do you like listening to?

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it encouraging. :-) I don't actually listen to a lot of music (I get a large enough dose in my music practice!!) but when I do, I listen to Christian Gospel Music or hymns. I love all the 'old fashioned' hymns as they have such wonderful messages!