The Alec Templeton Story
One blind man named Alec Templeton
, determined to pursue his passion for music, grew into a talented composer and pianist.
He wasn't just someone who knew how to do all these things before abruptly losing his sight one day, either; Alec was blind from the day he was born, never seeing anything in his life. Yet he began to study music at an early age from his home in Cardiff, later attending Worcester College of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He began appearing on BBC as early as 12 years of age, and when he was 18, he composed Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano.
In 1935, Alec was brought to the United States by bandleader Jack Hylton, where he cemented himself as an excellent, unique artist. He composed music of various genres, thinking that good music didn't need to be of any specific type, and produced modernizations of classical music as well.
Alec was also a successful radio pianist and satirist; his first radio show, Alec Templeton Time, was broadcast from 1939 to 1941 and featured various musical sketches and parodies.
In the 1950s, he played jazz and classical music with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and two of his works were recorded for Remington Records. He also began experimenting with audio tape, using it to record sounds produced by his piano at half-speed so he could play them back twice as fast.
Alec Templeton released two albums that made use of this technique: “Magic Piano” and “Smart Alec”, on Atlantic Records and ABC-Paramount, respectively. In addition, he produced two children's albums called “Children's Concert” and “Mother Goose Songs”.
He died in Connecticut in 1963 at either 52 or 53 years old (there's some dispute over whether he was born in 1909 or 1920) due to an unknown disease.
It's unfortunate that blind people are often unfairly assumed to be helpless individuals deserving of pity, though it's understandable why a person might hold that mindset. Being blind is a dire condition, and blind people face numerous difficulties in their lives because of their inability to see.
However, it should be understood that those with disabilities aren't inherently crippled, as history has shown us a huge number of famous blind people who didn't let their affliction keep them from doing the things they wanted. Instead of accepting their fate and giving up, they found ways around their problem and managed to come out on top.
Like Helen Keller, one of the most famous blind people, Alec Templeton built for himself the life he wanted even though he'd been stricken with blindness for his entire life.
His condition did not impair his ability to hone his own talents and become notable. The famous blind people who managed to do much the same thing are all evidence that the blind can still be just as resourceful as anyone who can see and that though you must Protect Your Eyesight, losing it doesn't have to be the end of the world.
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