Although he was born with one hand, Tony Memmel knew that the calling on his life was music. After eight YEARS of building a cast that would allow him to adaptively play not only has Tony’s music taken off (allowing him to play all over the country) but he is also touring speaking to kids with hand/limb-differences and encouraging them to make music a part of their lives.
In this interview we talk about what Tony learned from his parents about grit, why we have to guard, protect, and fight for our gifts, and how by giving to others we are always refilled. One thing Tony said that really hit home for me was that difficult times either “distract you or refocus you”. Let us know your thoughts on this episode by finding us on Facebook at Unconventional Leaders.
How do you teach your children grit? (7:12) Did you ever deal with anger or bitterness? (8:30) How did you make it as a musician? (11:00) What is your favorite lyric you have written? (19:00) What does it feel like to inspire others? (19:45) The moment he knew music was what he wanted to do (21:30) What does music do for you? (24:00) What were your greatest challenges and how did you overcome them? (25:000
FROM TODAY’s EPISODE:
Connecting with God and trusting Him (13:40) What other people see as a weakness is a strength (15:50) You have to work hard for your gifts (17:45) How he has stayed inspired as a creative (20:30)
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Tony Memmel is a singer-songwriter, speaker, and teacher with unique charisma and creativity. Though he was born with one hand, he taught himself to play the guitar by building a special cast that he designed out of Gorilla Tape.
Tony has toured to 47 states and 17 countries, sharing his music and his message of hard work, determination, and resilience.
His work ranges from composing symphonies, to writing and arranging music for children, visiting schools, hospitals, and churches, to performing in historic concert venues, and helping people with hand/limb-differences (like his) to develop their own adaptive methods that allow them to make music a part of their lives. v