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  • (cheery folk music)

  • - [Gaelynn] My music and my disability to me

  • are not the same.

  • I don't think about my disability while I'm playing.

  • I feel like myself.

  • (high trilling crescendo)

  • It's my form of meditation, I think.

  • You know, there's a lot of work that we could do to make

  • the arts more inclusive, so if I can be a catalyst

  • for any of that that's important to me.

  • That's cool. That's fun.

  • (rhythmic banjo strumming)

  • - [Chris] I'm Chris Funk.

  • I'm a musician in a band called The Decemberists.

  • And I'm on a journey looking for the most surprising

  • and extraordinary people in music.

  • My first stop takes me to Duluth, Minnesota.

  • There I will meet up with Gaelynn Lea,

  • an artist who creates music like nobody else.

  • (Electric organ)

  • I've shared the stage with some incredible people in my life,

  • but the musician I am meeting today is truly extraordinary.

  • My name is Gaelynn Lea, and I am a violinist

  • and a songwriter from Duluth, Minnesota.

  • - [Chris] I'd heard a lot about Gaelynn

  • and was excited to meet her, little did I know

  • that she was also a fan of The Decemberists.

  • It turns out she had heard us play in 2004.

  • [Gaelynn's friend] Hand spray-painted.

  • No way, that's hilarious, I don't even have one of these.

  • I'm keeping it, thank you.

  • Please, no. (laughs) It's coming home (laughs)

  • Last time, it was gonna be like a toy,

  • but it was like oh no, this is the real deal.

  • Yeah, it's legitimate, man.

  • Gaelynn was born with brittle bone disease,

  • which has left her in a wheelchair.

  • But you'll really forget that after a few minutes.

  • I started playing the violin when I was 10 years old.

  • I loved the way the strings sounded.

  • So the next year the teacher took it upon herself to help me

  • figure out how to play up and down like a little cello.

  • So it just meant I had to practice the same stuff

  • a little bit harder probably and maybe

  • that was a good thing in disguise.

  • (slow melancholy tune)

  • - [Chris] Gaelynn had been a part of the Duluth music scene

  • for years when another musician gave her

  • a device called a looping pedal.

  • It allows her to record herself and

  • play the music back while she's performing.

  • And now I can play a song.

  • (slow heartfelt tune)

  • Looping was a mindblower, I mean

  • it was so much a game-changer.

  • 'Cause it was just such a cool experience to go from

  • one note to like 10 notes and have it be orchestrated.

  • It opened up a lot of doors, instrumentally and vocally

  • and everything just kind of changed when I got into looping.

  • And then I might want to fade out.

  • (emotive tune fades away)

  • So you're engaging all that with your knee?

  • Yep. Awesome.

  • I'm always fascinated by the imagination musicians

  • will use to create new and fresh sounds.

  • But the ingenuity that Gaelynn has shown in her journey

  • to produce beautiful music is truly inspiring.

  • (snappy folk tune)

  • I think any instrument but especially violin,

  • the way I play automatically just sounds different

  • than the way someone else plays.

  • It's really cool how you develop a voice and a form

  • of expression that's kind of unique.

  • It just clears my mind and lifts my spirit.

  • There's not anything else that I've found does that.

  • (long violin note, banjo strumming)

  • (audience applause)

  • (bing)

(cheery folk music)


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驚人的民謠音樂人像拉大提琴一樣拉小提琴 (The Amazing Folk Musician Playing Violin Like a Cello)

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    許大善 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日