Local musician Robert Burton is determined to release a new CD every year for the rest of his life.
Burton’s determination follows a potentially career-ending cycling accident in 2010. He suffered a shattered and dislocated right elbow and lost the feeling in his right hand as a result of the accident.
The right-handed multi-instrumentalist, who plays guitar, piano and drums and a host of other instruments, was initially told he’d never be able to play music again.
"I was a shadow of my former self (after the accident). I didn’t play any piano. It took a month before I could do anything on the guitar, but it was very minimal, but all the other instruments were off the table," the River Heights resident and owner of River Heights Music School said.
Burton said as he was lying on the ground, immediately after the accident, he was thinking about what he would do if he couldn’t make music anymore.
"I couldn’t think of anything," he said.
Burton said, while he’d been playing, performing and teaching music for many years, as he lay on the ground he thought to himself "if this is going to be the last moment of my playing (music) there would (be) no record of it".
It was soon after that he promised himself he would release a new CD every year if he recovered from his injuries.
Following a surgery which left him with 23 screws and three plates in his arm, and a year of recovery, Burton released his first album, Left Handed Christmas, in 2011.
Earlier this month, a year later, Burton has released his second album, Left Hand Compliment, a collection of 12 original compositions.
Burton said some of the tracks on his latest release were composed during his recovery when he only had the use of his left hand, thus the name Left Hand Compliment.
"I would go into my (recording) studio and play whatever I could with my left hand," he said.
Burton played all the instruments on both of his recordings and recorded it himself in his personal studio. He even designed the cover artwork for the albums.
"I don’t know about the future CDs, but the idea behind these two CDs (is that they are) true solo projects," he said.
Both of Burton’s CDs can be purchased by going to robertburtonwinnipeg.ca, or riverheightsmusicschool.com. The albums are also for sale at McNally Robinson at Grant Park Shopping Centre.