March 17, 2007

100-year-old Pianist at Carnegie Hall

I came across a Japanese TV documentary clip on Mieczyslaw Horszowski, who was one of my piano teachers at The Curtis Institute of Music. This tiny man was a musical giant.

Few Facts

The Original

This artist sums up the meaning of original. Note the absolute connection to music -- the life force that enabled this nearly 100-year-old man play so brilliantly.

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March 15, 2007

Originality, Distinction & Differentiation

Words become clichéd when filled with empty meanings. Semantics is important but more so is the action that makes meaning.

As American Idol contestants are finding out these days, singing songs of and being compared to established original artists is a monumental challenge.

Classically trained artists have always performed works that are etched in stone so to speak. One cannot change Mozart’s music or Shakespeare’s words. Yet, true artists emerge as originals by taking ownership of interpretation with crystal clarity and honest conviction. That earns distinction without which pursuit of differentiation is a fruitless exercise.

The Makings of an Original

Put in an honest day’s work every day, take chances, stay humble, and your work will find recognition.


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March 13, 2007

... worth its weight in GOLD!

Rebecca shares this:

I am extremely grateful to you for having expanded my private studio teaching business. The annual fee is worth its weight in GOLD! You can be sure I will renew, unless I change careers, of course!! - Rebecca Windham

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