It's something none of us will ever forget.
In the middle of Tony Rice's acceptance speech for his induction into International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame (at the IBMA Awards in Raleigh last month), the revered guitarist switched gears. After conveying genuine love and gratitude in his now signature gravelly tone, Rice segued to a new topic:
"[I've] tried a few things. And if my heavenly father is willing right now, I might be able to show you a little bit of what I’ve been working on.”
Then suddenly, after a few moments of hesitation and concentration, another voice spoke out. One that hadn't been heard in over 19 years.
"And now... I am speaking in my real voice."
Backstage, everything stopped. People's jaws were on the floor. Others were openly weeping. What we were witnessing was nothing short of a miracle.
Of course, it wasn't a miracle. It was the fruit of Rice's long, excruciating labors and lots of hard work. But to everyone in the auditorium, it was a stunning, unexpected moment of personal strength and perseverance that was nothing short of magical.
The New Yorker recently posted an eloquent recap of "The Moment" (you can read it here), but you should watch that Moment for yourself in the video above.