I’m a jazz musician, and as the great Duke Ellington always said, problems are opportunities. Art, therefore, is mainly concerned with proposing solutions to problems. I lost my eyesight when I was five years old. I remember very little of that time. But I do remember the initial deep sense of loneliness and isolation that I went through.
Then. Over time, I’ve come to realize how much physical site has to do with our disconnection from each other. Site allows us, at a glance, to see the differences in people and judge and categorize them in a negative way. Often when we see a person who does not look like us, we focus on those differences. But it doesn’t have to be that way, because there is a tie that binds us all.
Music is a language that speaks to everyone. It’s universal, it’s healing. Power is expressed by people in every country in the world. We need to take the time to really see each person, each individual human being, especially those who don’t look or act like us. Because if we hold on to and build upon that little thread that binds us together, our ties will become stronger and we’ll develop more of a sense of communion and trust with each other.