(Photography by James_Wilson-©_Evelyn_Glennie)

I’ve heard of this renowned Scottish percussionist for some time, and recently, I decided to learn a little more about her. If you have a few minutes after reading this blog, I highly recommend that you do the same.

Dame Evelyn Glennie holds over a dozen honorary doctorates, has earned Grammy’s, has been bestowed a title, has been inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, and has worked tirelessly to change the way the world listens. She is an extraordinary percussionist who has played for royalty as well as for children on Sesame Street, and her hands are a ferocious display of mastery to be reckoned with.

Oh, and, she usually plays barefoot.

There’s a reason, but I will leave it you to find out why on your own.

However, I will tell you this: when you watch her videos, hear her speak, or read her words, you are receiving the energy of someone who has a very interesting take on vibration. She literally uses her whole body to perceive sound. For Dame Evelyn, hearing is “a specialized form of touch,” a fascinating idea she discusses in her Hearing Essay, found on her website under the “Literature” button.

There is no one in the world quite like Dame Evelyn Glennie. The trill of her Scottish accent is punctuated much the same way she plays, with precise articulation and exactly placed intention. She raises the bar high into the rarified air for anyone who picks up a pair of drum sticks or mallets, and I believe that among her many honors, she has hands-down earned the title of first lady of percussion.

And what amazing hands they are…

(For more information on Dame Evelyn Glennie, visit her website at http://www.evelyn.co.uk)