NPR Music has chosen a winner for the Tiny Desk Contest. Her name is Gaelynn Lea, and she is from Duluth, MN. The haunting violin strains and melody of her song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” stood out as judges viewed the roughly 6,100 video submissions.
Her arms and legs are bent and short, and she has brittle bone disease. She plays her violin like a cello, instead of on her shoulder. In the video, she wants her music to take the spotlight, not her disability. But she does want musicians with disabilities to know they can have a “full-fledged music career.”
I’m not much on inspiration porn, so you won’t hear me call her inspiring for doing what she would be doing as part of life. I call her inspiring because she took her feelings and experiences and created a haunting, beautiful song.