posted on Aug, 28 2005 @ 04:18 PM
I wasn't sure where to put this, so I figured here might be the best.
Right, my stepdad has a friend called Kay with whom he founded a swimming club for disabled people. They have known each other for years, but I have
only met her a couple of times. Now, to the story. My family (Mum, stepdad, brother and myself) went round to Kay's house for Chinese with her
family, which is where I met her daughter Anna. I don't think I have ever met such an amzing person.
Kay, my mum and I were talking about a lot, just general things, when conversation turned to Anna going to University. She got into this certain Uni
on her musical ability. They only take 6 students a year for singing ability, and she was one of them. She played the piano and sung, but refuses to
tell her mum what song she performed.
Now this doesn't sound like it should be here yet. But hang on!!
Kay was telling us that she got a piano once, when Anna was 3. Anna came home from nursery, where they had been singing Christmas songs, and was
playing about on it. Kay was in the kitchen when her husband Gary came in, and said 'If you're out here, who's playing that?'. Their 3-year-old
daughter, who had never touched a piano in her life, was playing Little Donkey two handed.
Kay said Anna used to get really frustrated as a youngster because when she played an instrument, she could hear the whole set-up in her head, but
obviously could only play one instrument at a time.
When she was at Primary school, they kicked her out of music lessons because she couldn't read sheet music. This upset her a lot. So her mum tried to
enrol her at a nearby Catholic school, who said they couldn't take her as there were no places in her year, unless she wanted to join the year above.
She did this. She played the piano in assemblies while everyone else sang hymns.
One day, another student brought a keyboard into school, and they were playing around on it. The teacher walked in whistling a tune, which Anna
proceeded to play. The teacher asked 'what are you playing?', to which Anna replied 'What you were whilstling'. The teacher called in the
headteacher and this 'game' continued with whistles and hums.
When her friend was learning how to play the French Horn, Anna had a go. She was a natural. When she went to see a performance, a woman asked her if
she had ever played a harp. She hadn't, so the woman showed her by playing Amazing Grace. Anna finished it off. It seems that whatever Anna puts her
hand to, she can do. She is an amazing musician, and is extremely modest. Her reply to her mother telling us all of this, and our astonishment at it,
was just 'Shh mum, what is this, the Anna appreciation club?'
She still can't read music. She has never been able to. She plays by ear, and can play something after hearing it just once.
Now, the only reason I've put it here, apart from being odd, is this....
Anna is partially blind. In fact, a lot blind. She can't read music because her eyes can't scan fast enough.
My question is this, does anyone know if there is any proven link between loss of a sense and the heightened abilities of another? And where does the
ability to play an instrument and sing brilliantly fit into it all? If this link does exist, surely it would only improve her hearing, not improved
musical skills? I'd be interested to know what other ATS members think of this.
Thanks for your time.