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A Masterful Musical Transformation

Craig Addy gifted me with one of the most transformational experiences of my life. Music was my first language, as I lived in a NYC apartment with my Stradivarius-playing grandfather, my RN grandmother, and my loving parents. They say my first word was “violin.” I saw my life as Before and After — until Craig’s musical interlude. The Before being this loving, musical, inspirational life. Then, at age three-and-a-half, what felt like a meat cleaver — my grandfather died, we moved from NYC, my father disappeared because my parents divorced and my mother remarried a man who introduced sexual violence, which created a home of drunkenness, schizophrenia, and trauma. I held onto the early beauty, kept trying to heal and get back to that. So, what Craig did was magical. He played his classical piano — reminding my being of my first language of music — and, with his percussion, pizzicato, his crescendo and symphonic musicality, the flow, rhythm, love — and I saw that it all blended together to carry me into a new realization. This is the symphony of my life. It is not Before and After. It is One, with many different tones and textures, with every note meaningful and special. I emerged from my moments with Craig with a new joy for my life, my whole life, all one magnificent musical journey. I am forever grateful!

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