“Simplicity” was the first original song I composed after a seven-day stint in the hospital following brain surgery on January 10th, 1996. That week represented longest I’d ever gone without playing since lessons began in 1986 when I was in 6th grade.

Mind you; my left hand had lost all fine motor coordination across the preceding six months since the onset of symptoms. The biggest question I had upon returning home and sitting down at our…