If you're ever feeling sorry for yourself, refocus your thoughts on the life of jazz guitarist Pat Martino. After years of being a highly sought after recording artist and session musician in the '60s and '70s, Martino found himself the victim of a nearly fatal brain aneurysm. He underwent surgery in 1980 which, in turn, left him with amnesia. And yes, to great degree, had forgotten how to play guitar. With the help of friends, his old recordings, computers, etc., he learned to play guitar again and returned to the music scene in 1987. These days, Martino is at the top of his game and is a major influence to stunning guitarists such as Chuck Loeb and Nick Colionne. Pat Martino celebrates his 70th birthday this week.