Despite my lack of ears (from a birth defect), I have been a musician for my whole life. I seem to have an ear for music, as well as an internal sense of rhythm and music. I feel the "music" all around me in nature, architecture, design, everything; everything has a rhythm to it. I can sense it everywhere.
In fact, music IS
my first language--depite my deafness.
My mom has told me that music played a very important role in my early life as "therapy" for my hearing impairment and my autistic isolation. (As a child, without any hearing, I lived in a totally silent world and had autistic tendencies).
I started to play the piano on my own, long before my parents discovered my hidden talent. Once they discovered it, by age 8, I was signed up for piano lessons (1984). I was fortunate to have two dedicated piano teachers who worked with me despite my profound hearing impairment. Since then I have been playing the piano! One valuable skill I learned was to sightread--now I can pick up most any piano sheet music and play it.
I also play the guitar and violin. In 2005, while here in London, I started teaching myself violin, and I write all my own music for it--by arranging my piano pieces for violin.
With my lack of ears, it is quite miraculous and ironic that I have always had an "ear" for music and the talent for playing music! I never cease to be amazed by this miracle. How could a guy like me with no ears have such an "ear" for music?
Music is the universal language. One very special friend of mine told me that if we ever came in contact with another intelligent civilisation in the Universe, they would very likely be able to understand music. I wholeheartedly agree with that!
[Edited 2007-03-25 19:33:34]
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)