Not until we are lostdo we begin tounderstand ourselves.
Henry David Thoreau
In the winter of 2009 my good friend and recording engineer, Matthew Zimmerman, called to invite me into a remarkable project that was being recorded at his studio, Wild Sound. A twenty-four-year-old composer named Karly Wahlin was seeking a producer for a collection of ten of her classical piano pieces, and Matthew knew I was the person for the job.
Karly lives with a genetic condition called “Rett syndrome.” Rett, which mostly affects girls, makes it impossible for Karly to walk on her own, speak, control her movements, and even breathe in a relaxed way. She experiences seizures, vision problems, digestive issues, and orthopedic ...