As students at Berklee, we often take for granted the ability to play our instrument. We gripe and groan about practicing, and beat ourselves up over a sub-par performance for weeks afterwards. How often do we sit down and think about how incredibly lucky we are to be able to use our hands (or our voices) in conjunction with our brain facilities, and create beautiful sounds?
Jason Crigler – a guitar player, songwriter and Berklee alumni – likely does not take this skill for granted anymore. In 2004, as Jason was performing in New York City, his life changed in an instant when he suddenly suffered a brain hemorrhage, causing him to lose his ability to speak, walk, and of course, play the guitar. The doctors assured him and his family that he would remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.