Good morning. I'm glad you are enjoying my blog. To answer your questions, I was already deaf when I decided to pursue music. I had been deaf for 2 years. If you are okay, I think your second question will be the topic of my next blog. How the idea to study music came to me is a bit of a long answer and kind of funny in hindsight so it may make for an interesting post. I am actually in the process of digitizing some of my work to post on my website. I am hoping to have the first of several excerpts posted by next weekend so please keep checking back. And thank you for the questions. There is so much to write about and people's questions let me know what they are interested in so it helps me figure out what to write about next.