When Eddie Adams, of Fairfax, Virginia, plays the cello those who can hear it cannot help but pay attention. The young man is, what many consider, a prodigy on an instrument he may have never found without a happy accident. In junior high music he attempted percussion but was told he had “no rhythm” and so he it was suggested he try another instrument. His teacher recommended the cello, “The first time I saw a cello, I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this,'” Adams said.
But Adams is not unused to needing to persevere despite his circumstances – he grew up in an impoverished, occasionally homeless, family. “I just remember it was kind of weird — especially having to take the school bus from the homeless shelter,” Adams said. But persevere he did in his music, with help from teachers and Youtube videos, and there are many who are glad he did. Because Eddie Adams is now the lead cellist in the orchestra at Virginia’s George Mason University which he attends with a full tuition scholarship. The scholarship along with donations from a highly successful GoFundMe campaign allow him to attend school and enjoy his music without needing to worry about not having food to eat.
Adams found his talent and it has propelled him in life to inspiring heights. There is more to his journey from homeless shelter to University student which you can find in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from CBS News.