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Spinal Chord - Why Be Normal?

by Vancouver Adapted Music Society

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No Contest 04:18
Angel 04:08
Mary 04:42
Stella 05:39
Medina 03:22
Border 03:53
We Only Kiss 03:50


It all began with a meeting between Dave Symington and Sam Sullivan, who had both become Tetraplegic through sporting accidents.

“One night we made a commitment to do whatever it took to play music again,” as Sullivan writes in the album liner notes. Shortly afterwards, the pair formed Spinal Chord with guitarist Don Alder and John Shepp on bass.

What followed, recalls Dave more than 25 years later, was a process of trial and error – a mix of equal parts childlike enjoyment and musical growth – that culminated in a release they could be proud of.

“While our motivations were somewhat superficial, we knew that if we could do it for ourselves we could do it for other people,” he said.


released November 30, 1993


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VAMS supports and promotes musicians with physical disabilities in the Metro Vancouver area.

We operate Western Canada's only fully-accessible recording studio, have our own choir, and promote concerts throughout the area.
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