Friday, June 1, 2012


While cycling in Philadelphia in November 2003 Melody Gardot was hit by a Jeep Cherokee whose driver had ignored a red traffic light. In the accident she suffered serious head and spinal injuries and her pelvis was broken in two places. Because of these severe injuries she was confined to her hospital bed
for a year and had to remain lying on her back. As a further consequence of her injuries she had to re-learn simple tasks such as brushing her teeth and walking. The most noticeable effect of the neural injuries she suffered is that she was left hyper-sensitive to both light and sound, therefore requiring her to wear dark sunglasses at nearly all times to shield her eyes. The accident also resulted in both long and short term memory problems and difficulty with her sense of time. Gardot has described coping with this as like "climbing Mount Everest every day" as she often wakes with no memory of what she has to do that day.

Sometimes, you stumble upon precisely the material you needed to  see, or the person you needed to know.
 Life sends us messages all the time.
Watch this.  I think you will be inspired.

Melody Gardot
The Accidental Musician
Part 1
Part 3

Thanks to Pamela Terry for alerting me to this wonderful musician

1 comment:

Margaret Almon said...

I found Melody Gardot's cd at the library and was awed by her story and her music.