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