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Not until we are lostdo we begin tounderstand ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau

 

chapter thirteenVoices Lost and Found

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 ...

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