January 31, 2008

It Must Be Magic

When children discover music their enthusiasm is unstoppable. Music must have some powers.

I recently helped a woman find a music teacher for her daughter. This mother had never played a musical instrument but clearly understood the importance of music learning for her child. Her heartfelt story was reminiscent of the time when I was five playing air piano and fantasizing of a real piano in my room. My parents had no musical experience yet supported me unconditionally. Parents simply know.

I frequently think back to a Carnegie Hall recital my piano teacher gave when he was about 100. Remarkable. How does one even control a 100-year-old body and perform brilliantly at the same time? It must be a magical power.

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