Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch.
I'm not a deaf musician. I'm a musician who happens to be deaf.
The human body and mind are tremendous forces that are continually amazing scientists and society. Therefore, we have no choice but to keep an open mind as to what the human being can achieve.
Music really is our daily medicine.
I am really quite fascinated by echo-locating bats and dolphins and have always wondered how sound affects the unconscious brain.
Before my teen years, I was losing my hearing pretty quickly, and I was getting very, very angry. I was beginning to become an angry person because of that.
Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.
Society cannot continue to disable themselves through their need to categorize people or make assumptions as to another individual's abilities.
I love out-of-the-way, rugged places. For me, holidays are about the experiences, and the people, and the memories, rather than sitting on a nice beach getting tanned. I try to plant myself where I am and embrace what is there in front of me.
Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments. The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.
Hearing is a form of touch. I could hear less through the ears but more through the body.
Concerts have to be seen as a real event for which the aim is to try and feed everybody.
I hope the seeds I have sown will be taken up by those who will follow me because the journey I have begun cannot be undertaken in isolation.
And as I grew older, I then auditioned for the Royal Academy of Music in London, and they said, well, no, we won't accept you, because we haven't a clue - you know - of the future of a so-called 'deaf' musician. And I just couldn't quite accept that.
A lot of things which come with a high profile will always be criticised one way or another.
Music is about communication... it isn't just something that maybe physically sounds good or orally sounds interesting; it's something far, far deeper than that.
Apart from Scottish traditional music, I wasn't really influenced by any kind of music. I just basically followed my own instincts.
Scotland has never ceased to amaze the world with its forward vision, bold action and great educational institutions. Nothing makes me more proud than to promote this wonderful land with all its richness and diversity wherever I go.
My favorite instrument is the snare drum. In Scotland, the snare drum is very prominent in Highland bands. The Scottish style of playing is in my blood. It's a very powerful instrument, but it can also be soothing, like velvet. It's a real challenge for composers.
A large part of my work has been collaborating with composers; I think we've commissioned about 140 pieces now, a lot of them percussion concertos.
I often play on the cello-bass side of the orchestra, because I prefer the deep sounds. I can't hear the violins well.
I think I can only help to expose percussion to all sorts of people. The balance between the lighter and more serious side is important.
If we see someone in a wheelchair, we assume they cannot walk. It may be that they can walk three, four, five steps. That, to them, means they can walk.
When I was 12, I happened to see a schoolmate playing percussion, and it looked interesting. I asked for lessons, and it felt right.
I've kept a diary since I was 11.
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