As a little boy, like so many, Ace Starry was forced to take piano lessons. However, his parents made him a deal. If he would take lessons for one year they'd buy him an electric guitar. After an agonizing year of non-productive lessons, Ace was given a beautiful electric guitar. But the very day before he was to start his guitar lessons, playing football with his school mates he broke his little finger in four places. The doctors told him he'd never be able to bend that finger again.
Ace agonized over both not getting to play the guitar, but even more over the probability that he was going to have a permanent straight finger. He worked for hours on end trying to force his muscles to bend it and after months of agonizing pain, he was able to bend his finger. Guitar was out.
Years later he met someone that would change his life. He was a rock piano player who was playing in a band locally. Ace thought he was amazing and asked him where he learned to play like that. The man answered, "I just sat down at the keyboard and decided what notes I wanted to hear."
At 16 that very day, Ace sat down at the piano and wrote his first song.