Nashville musician loses ability to hear music due to tumor
POSTED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 1:04am
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-CNN) — A Nashville musician has lost the ability to hear music due to a tumor on his brain, but he is not letting it damper his spirit.
Since the age of 3, Billy Davis has been singing and he even landed in the band Foghat for a couple of years to go with a 15-year stint with Joey Molland and the modern-day Badfinger.
"I went from zero to 100, just like that," Davis said.
But five months ago, his career ended almost as quickly as it had started. During a phone call with a friend, the music just stopped.
"It was three little zaps in the head. I was like, 'What the heck was that?' It was just like something was really wrong, like, 'What in the world?'" Davis said.
Doctors soon discovered a tumor the size of a quarter growing on the exact part of his brain that processes musical notes. Davis describes it as much like a computer glitch.
"I thought I had a mini-stroke. It just made sense. I mean, who would have thought a tumor? I was like, 'Are you serious?'" Davis said. "I just couldn't hear music."
What's worse is Davis was given only six to 18 months to live. That was four months ago.
While you might expect him to be bitter, he's not.
"Honestly, if it doesn't come back, I've had 42 years of it. That's not that bad," Davis said. "People would kill for one year of the life I've lead. Are you kidding?"
Davis has a musical disorder called amusia that removes his ability to process the pitch of a song and won't allow him to remember music or recognize songs.
At the end of August, an MRI will show whether a surgery and six months of chemo have done any good, but Davis knows there's a 95 percent chance he'll never hear another song.
"I guess I'm just thankful that I'm not losing my mind over it. And I'm not. I'm just thankful for the years I've got," he said.