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Bob Landry Post-stroke Musicians (13) RE: Post-stroke Musicians 16 Nov 98

Vicki - my Dad was a Cape Breton fiddler who played with the best of his day such as Winston Fitzgerald and Buddy McMaster. In 1986, a massive stroke left him permanently paralyzed, unable to play anything but the radio - the damage was too severe. His love of music remained strong until he passed away. My family is very fortunate that Dad taped some of the music we made at a family reunion in 1985. I often play that tape and wish he were still around to play the jigs and reels I grew to love. It provides a strong impetus for me to overcome my mediocre talent and continue learning to flatpick some of his favourite tunes that continually dance in my head.

I commend you, Vicki, Einnor and anybody else who has the tenacity to overcome the limitations imposed on you by strokes, illnesses or accidents and continuing to make music. Your music matters.


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