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Dec 2, 2019

Emily Harman, the host of Onward Podcast, interviews Lisa Spector. Dog and cat lovers call Lisa The Pet Calming Maestro. Music lovers know her as the heart-centered woman who inspires through music and story. Colleagues call her The Pianopreneur. From the very first moment she heard her mother play piano when she was seven, Lisa’s fingers were a magnet to the keys. A bad fall in June of 2017 shattered Lisa’s right hand and inspired her to find another voice. After three surgeries for seven complicated fractures, she dove into music for left hand only. It wasn’t easy, emotionally or physically. Listen to this episode and learn how Lisa realized it only appeared music came from her hands. She really makes music with her heart. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Emily Harman introduces Lisa Spector.
  • Lisa Spector shares how she crushed her right hand in a bizarre fall.   
  • What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)?
  • What caused Lisa to fire her first physical therapist?
  • It is important to advocate for yourself.
  • Lisa shares what first came to her mind when she fell. 
  • What made Lisa feel that injuring her hand was a blessing in disguise? 
  • Could Lisa tell before her accident that the universe was trying to make her aware of something?
  • The universe whispers at first and then gets louder and louder until we pay attention.
  • Lisa talks about left-handed pianists. 
  • What did it take for Lisa to get into The Juilliard School and to graduate? 
  • How did she first start playing the piano? 
  • What did Lisa do after she graduated from Julliard?  
  • Lisa tells a story about being chosen to play for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
  • How has Lisa addressed her difficult times? 
  • Lisa said that her recovery was 80-90% mental. 
  • What is required for Lisa Spector to use her right hand for playing piano? 
  • What does an agility dog do?  


3 Key Points:

  1. Lisa Spector developed a rare neurological disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) that often affects middle-aged women who have had trauma to their hand or their foot. 
  2. Lisa Spector is writing a memoir book called Left-Hand Lemonaid: A Musician’s Journey of Turning Tragedy into Triumph.
  3. You never know how the universe is going to deliver you gifts in what seems like tragedies at the time.    

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “I would say, whether it is a musical instrument, whether its a sport, whether it is anything else in life you love that brings you joy. No matter what set-backs you’ve had, there is always a way to do that thing that you love.” – Lisa Spector
  • “I realized that, thank God that it was only my hand. Because if it hadn’t been my hand, it would have been something that I think could have killed me.” – Lisa Spector
  • “The best things in life happen by accident.” – Lisa Spector


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