Prepare to have your mind blown.
I was working on some content for this site just the other day when I stumbled upon a video of one 20-year-old Rachael Flowers playing an Emerson Lake & Palmer tune on what appeared to be an old Moog. Anyone mastering a progressive rock tune at a young age is pretty impressive in its own right, but that is not the only remarkable thing about her.
Here’s where it gets amazing: We are familiar with Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, right? Well, Rachael is also completely blind from birth. You may be thinking, “ok, so she is blind and plays a piano, been there, done that”. Here’s the thing, Rachael Flowers doesn’t just play the piano nor a special one. She can play any keyboard you sit her in front of! It gets more remarkable. Not only does she play the piano, but organ, synth, flute, bass guitar and Chapman stick!
Hold on there’s more. She is well accomplished at all of them and again no special adaption or customization. She doesn’t stick with the basic simple stuff either. This girl embraces the two hardest genres of music to play, Progressive Rock and Classical, not to mention Jazz for which one needs keen improve skills. She also is working on her own compositions. What is more is that she plays at a very high skill level and it takes her no time at all to learn any song. She does in record time and plays at levels even completely able musicians take a long time and a lot of work to do. This girl is so remarkable that a documentary of her has been made.
To really see and hear how remarkable Rachael is, I’m going to share some videos here:
To give you the story, I’ll start with a trip to Costco where she nearly brought the place to a complete halt: (I think this is in the documentary)
Now here is the first video I saw of her that caught me. (Yes, that is the late Keith Emerson’s Moog she is playing! This was while he was still with us, she was playing it after repairs he had done. I mean who else has ever got to play his keyboards and Moog before?!!!
For those who don’t know, the Chapman Stick is kind of a cross between a dulcimer, 12-string guitar and bass. It is very difficult to master….except for Rachael who had it down in less than a half hour. Check it out:
I did mention that she loves Prog Rock, check this out: (Yes, it’s all her on a synth/organ with bass pedals and expression pedal and no accompaniment. This is completely solo)!
Here she is performing Ardent’s “Hold Your Head Up” at the Namm show:
Like that? Just watch her nail Boston’s “Foreplay/Long Time”
There are a lot more videos of her playing various songs, including a Psych composition she wrote, classical piano, etc. Just go on You Tube and type in her name.
In my opinion she needs to get on the Ellen Show or something.