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.
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.
Music really is our daily medicine.
Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments. The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.
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.
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.
Society cannot continue to disable themselves through their need to categorize people or make assumptions as to another individual's abilities.
Hearing is a form of touch. I could hear less through the ears but more through the body.
I didn't decide to become a musician until the age of 15, which is quite late.
I like the sparkle of the vibraphone.
The thing about playing percussion is that you can create all these emotions that can be sometimes beautiful, sometimes really ugly, or sometimes sweet, sometimes as big as King Kong and so on. And so there can be a real riot out there, or it can be so refined.
I am really quite fascinated by echo-locating bats and dolphins and have always wondered how sound affects the unconscious brain.
Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.
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.
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.
Concerts have to be seen as a real event for which the aim is to try and feed everybody.
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.
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.
Apart from Scottish traditional music, I wasn't really influenced by any kind of music. I just basically followed my own instincts.
I walk into a kids' store, and it's amazing, the types of instruments - little squeaky things, rattling things, spinning tops.
Once you're in a particular country, and you're surrounded by musicians who are so adept at traditional music, you suddenly realize how much there is to explore and digest and learn and experience.
Percussion is physical, as most instruments are. The body must function well in order to play the instruments well. Last year I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
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