A while back I came across a remarkable post on Reddit.com. It was from a young man, 21 years old I think. He was born deaf and had only heard music through hearing aids, which weren’t capable of allowing him to hear anywhere near the full frequency range required for appreciating music. It all ‘sounded like trash’.
Then one day he got his hands on a new hearing aid that allowed him to hear music in all it’s glory for the first time.
Can you imagine?!
Here’s what he had to say about hearing Motzart’s Lacrimosa:
When Mozart’s Lacrimosa came on, I was blown away by the beauty of it. At one point of the song, it sounded like angels singing and I suddenly realized that this was the first time I was able to appreciate music. Tears rolled down my face and I tried to hide it. But when I looked over I saw that there wasn’t a dry eye in the car.” – Austin Chapman
As it turns out, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is his favorite song so far.
So I have two questions for you:
What would you play for someone who could hear music for the first time at 21 years old? Share your pick in the comments below.
And something to think about… What if you had the opportunity to write the first song he heard? What would it sound like? What would it say?