I have been a fan of Alan Sparhawk for years. Low is a long-time favorite, and I like Retribution Gospel Choir. So I was eager to read about his latest project, Murder of Crows, on the Local Current Blog, in particular, his collaborator, Gaelynn Lea. The title of the Murder of Crows’ EP is Imperfecta, which references Lea’s genetic disability, Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
I appreciated what Lea had to say about her disability as it relates to music. She’s just seeing where it goes, and hoping to create awareness just by being present. I was reminded of a line from a memoir I recently read, Miracle Boy Grows Up by Ben Mattlin, who has a disability severe enough that he wasn’t expected to live. He is now a Harvard graduate, a writer, a husband, and a father. Near the end of his memoir, he writes, “Whatever I accomplish will not be despite my disability but with it.” Amen.
Here are The Murder of Crows:
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