I recently received an email from the mother of a man who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. She thought that it might be edifying for both her son and I to meet, since Lee and I both have dedicated our lives after the ALS diagnosis to living out our dreams even with severe limitations.
I enjoyed listening to all of the music samples of Lee’s 6 albums on Amazon. It is incredible what this man does to create art. Many people with ALS give up and resent how much work it takes to create with ALS, and I have gone through great frustration regarding how long typing takes me in leading THE HEALERS National Wellness Campaign. But I keep letting go and surrendering to my reality and something in my soul keeps me going. I do not know Lee well enough to know how he handles moments of frustration, but from his impressive collection of CD’s Lee is a model of perseverance. Lee’s Bio is below, along with a link to his music and website.
With Love and Gratitude,
Craig Oster, PhD
Lee Abramson Bio:
Despite his disability of being wheelchair-bound with ALS, Lee has managed to create music using a unique, painstaking method. Utilizing a computer and music notation software he is able to compose using one finger and a touch pad. Lee is no longer able to sing because of diminished lung capacity, but has found a way to “sing” using his own voice with the ModelTalker voice synthesizer. This technology gives Lee a bionic voice that can speak more quickly than nature will allow, and sing impossibly high and low notes.
It would be hard to give an incisive review of composer/ recording artist Lee Abramson’s music without giving a bit of back-story on his life and creative process. This 39 year-old musician received a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan before moving to Austin, Texas to pursue his musical aspirations. During that time he played bass in a rock and roll band for three years. Things changed however, in February of 2005 when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Although he began to lose his mobility and went from using a cane to a walker to a wheelchair, he never lost his interest in music.
It is hard not to be inspired by the creative efforts of this uniquely talented musician who has managed, despite great adversity, to produce a recording such at this. In spite of the fact that 90% of patients with ALS do not live more than five years after being diagnosed, Lee explains his longevity by saying, “God was just giving me time to focus on my music.”
You may listen, and purchase, Lee Abramson songs by clicking HERE.
Lee Abramson’s website: http://leeabramson.com/