chapter  9
Musical Performances
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Tony has been blind from birth and has had a tough and disadvantaged path through life. I wrote about his music therapy sessions in my book Music for Life (Ansdell 1995), where I gave a fairly conventional account of our work in a traditional private therapeutic setting.2 At the end of the case, I briefly mention the event Tony remembers, which I then thought showed a successful outcome of the individual music therapy process. Fifteen years later, when I talk to Tony for this book, I’m surprised that it’s a key memory for him, and that he reverses the priorities of my story. For him, the performance comes first!