From the time Ken Medema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1943, he has been unable to see with his physical eyes. His Sight is limited to distinguishing between light and darkness and seeing fuzzy outlines of major objects. "As a kid I was not widely accepted," he says, "and I spent a lot of time by myself. Because I have lived with some degree of being different all my life, I have some sympathy for people who have been disenfranchised, whether they have been disabled or politically oppressed or whatever."
Music became an early major component of Medema`s life. "I started banging on the piano when I was five years old," he says, "making up crazy little fantasies on my mom`s piano. When I was eight years old my parents got me a wonderful teacher who taught me the classics with Braille music and taught me to play by ear. And every time I learned a piece my teacher would tell me, "Now you improvise." So music became a second language."
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