Northland's Very Own: Sharon Gill

By KBJR News 1

October 1, 2010 Updated Oct 1, 2010 at 12:06 PM CDT

Sharon Gill's love of music started when she just a child... discovering this passion the instant she placed her hands on a set of piano keys.

"Like any little kid I started banging on the piano and then I kind of experimented with picking out notes and chords," says Sharon.

But Sharon isn't your typical pianist.

She was born blind and has never taken a single formal lesson.

Instead... she listens to music and plays from memory.

"I listen to it and I can hear the music in my head and then I just sit down at the piano and make out my own rendition of the song," says Sharon.

After losing her husband several years ago Sharon learned how music can be therapeutic.

That's when she began volunteering at St. Mary's Cancer Center... with the hopes of putting the patients at ease.

"It just gives me a lot of satisfaction to make them feel comforted by the music and music does have a lot of power to make people feel good," says Sharon.

"It is very relaxing when you walk through the waiting room and she is sitting there playing and she looks so comfortable and looks like she loves to do it. It is very soothing," says SMDC cancer patient Pat Staudahar.

Sharon has been volunteering for more than a year now at SMDC and has no plans of slowing up.

"I love it so much that I don't plan to stop. I want to continue to play as long as I can," says Sharon.

Sharon plays at SMDC every Tuesday through Friday.