Blind Pianist Lights Up the Stage of Secrest

by Mark Bullion on July 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

For many people, dealing with a disability can be a challenge, but for one performer at Secrest Auditorium, that challenge has become a God-given passion.

Gordon Mote, a blind pianist and vocalist along with the acapella group Voices of Lee took to the stage Saturday evening bringing a number of tunes to the ears of many southeast Ohioans. Mote has been performing since he was just three years old and has worked with many artists all across the country.

"I don’t know how it’s any different. I’ve never played the piano with vision so to me it’s just what i’ve always done. It would be cool to see a piano or keyboard one of these days, I’m sure when I get to heaven, God will let me see one," said Mote.

Mote says if you have a good belief system and positive outlook on life, anything is possible, and that’s how he got to where he is today.

"All through my life, I’ve gone after it, and I’ve always had confidence that if I worked really really hard, that I could obtain the goals I was going for and people have to give you opportunities along the way, but if I were to have one thing to say, it would be don’t be discouraged," said Mote.

Proceeds from Saturday’s concert will benefit the 18 food pantries of the Muskingum County Hunger Network. There goal was to raise 18,000 dollars from ticket sales, 1,000 dollars for each food pantry.