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Too Deaf to Sing? With Mandy Harvey, Not So

Did you see the deaf woman singing the song she wrote, “Try” on #AGT? Who wouldn’t be inspired by #Mandy_Harvey, who had gone deaf from a disease in her late teens, then ultimately gets the gold button by Simon Cowell, the King of Snark, on “America’s Got Talent?” I had tears in my eyes by the time she finished her song, as the audience leaped to their feet and the judges were waving their hands in the air.

What is the likelihood of a deaf person being able to sing on pitch after going deaf?

Did she go completely deaf or was she still able to hear a small amount, enough maybe to get hearing aids and get a good sense of her starting pitch?

My experience with the hearing impaired goes way back when I was in a relationship with a deaf man for 3 years. I saw the struggles. We also got to sing together, which was always a challenge for me, as he thought he was singing on pitch. Here is what I learned from the experience!


I have worked with a few clinically deaf people (which actually means they were deaf enough for them to wear a hearing aid, but not completely deaf). Legally deaf can also mean that the person has just enough hearing loss to render him or her unable to easily comprehend speech. Each of my students was able to hear with the help of amplification from a hearing aid. Even these students were very tune deaf. Most of our teaching time was spent measuring the distance between the vibration of the piano compared to the vibration coming from their voices.

Some students were actually able to feel when the vibrations matched, which was the key to staying on pitch. Others simply were not. However, what do you think the likelihood would be of someone able to sing an entire song feeling and matching each pitch individually, when notes fly by so fast and fluidly? Not very likely.

My belief is that this young lady was blessed with what’s called perfect pitch before she ever had her hearing loss. Perfect pitch is when people can memorize pitch in their minds and recall the same pitch later. Most people, even me, after many years of playing and teaching music, has what’s considered relative pitch. This means that I can approximately figure out the note I would start on, but I may be slightly off by a few mega hertz, which is enough to make an entire song sound flat if you were this girl.

In other words, I could play this young lady a pitch today and tomorrow she would be likely to remember the pitch, just as if she were memorizing a new word in Spanish and her natural language were English.

People with perfect pitch are usually able to stay on pitch throughout a song, if they know the key in which the song is played. Since she probably tuned her Ukulele with an electric tuner, which tells her when A-440 is spot on.


Then she would be able to sing the song on the perfect A-440 she remembered before she went deaf, if her guitar were perfectly in tune. Detune her guitar, and, I bet she would be unlikely to sing the song with the band on pitch.


The other brilliant choice she made was to play the rhythm with her Ukulele. If you heard the performance, you noticed that her band began to play with her after she began to play, which means she dictated her own rhythm to the players.

This girl’s voice was special and the song she wrote was very catchy and emotional. All of this and her story made for a great moment for millions of people worldwide. I look forward to seeing how far Mandy can go in this process. In my estimation, she will continue to have to keep her songs simplistic to stay as brilliant as she was this first time.


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Change Your Mind, Change Your Body

Change Your Mind; Change Your Body

How Many Carbs Can You Handle without Getting a Love Handle?

Okay, last night was one of those nights that started off at dinner time with the wrong choices; albeit they were in the hands of someone else. I was fed a fatty pork chop, French fries, a salad (hurray) and some veggies with a piece of cheesecake for dessert. Immediately, I started to dissect the pork and got every piece of lean meat off of it. While no one was watching, I slipped the fatty parts to the dog. After dinner, my partner coaxed me to go to Wendy’s because his stomach was upset. He said the only thing that would settle it was a Frosty. Well, I thought, a small frosty won’t hurt. So, I muddled around Homo Depot while sipping on a frosty.

After I got home, it was cheese and crackers by the TV to “America’s Got Talent,” sitting on my lazy ars. Did I try to do any exercises to balance the carb overload? No!

So, is it any wonder that I gained 2.5 lbs in one day? No, it is not any wonder. It is pure science, my friend. I know it, and you know it.

You just can’t put that kind of food in your body, with that amount of sugar and fat—not exercise—and expect to be thin.

Fortunately, I have a resilient body. I’m going to yoga this morning and have a plan to get at least 1.5 lbs off today. It may take the entire week to get the rest of it off. Fat “don’t” come off easy, as you well know. So, these lazy mistakes we make, come at a big cost. If we keep making them, unfortunately, we keep getting bigger and bigger until, one day, we get a heart attack and complications all over the place because of morbid obesity.

I’ve seen the worst cases in my practice with people 200 lbs. and more over their suggested weight. No one wants to tackle that kind of weight loss. It’s daunting. You get 30 lbs. off and begin to think that there is no end to the struggle. Then you go on a binge and gain it all back in a week. Then it’s even harder to get it off, because initially, it took three months to get the 30 lbs off in a healthy way.

Losing weight is a complex and mentally challenging step for anyone to have to take who is overweight. But how important is it, when your life is at stake?

The most important challenge are life changing steps that will effect every meal and every day of your life… not just the diet time. You have to look at everything you eat, the amount you eat, and challenge yourself—in your mind—to see if these steps are right for you. Your body will let you know.

If your mind is leading you down the wrong path, then it is definitely time to get some help. Changing your mind is the key! Change your mind; change your body. Change your mind; change your life!

Get on board and stop eating your life away today.


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