It can sometimes be defeating when comparing our success to that of others. Most of the time we find ourselves coming up short, and saying things like, “I didn’t start early enough” or “I didn’t practice enough.” I have committed this transgression against myself more times than I care to mention.
Being a great pianist, like ballet dancers and star athletes, is an olympian task that takes hours and hours of hard work and dedication over the course of several years. While there are countless pianists my age and younger who can play anything no matter how difficult at the drop of a hat and do it beautifully, the number of them who can make careers out of doing what they love is marginal at best. If it is what you love to do, however, you can’t help it.
Musicians and non musicians alike have recognize the power of music to unite us and to give us better insight into another person’s, people’s or entire culture’s perspective. Last year marked the centenial anniversary of the premiere performances of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and Debussy’s “Jeux.” Both of which foretold the dread of World War I and the dramatic shift that was immenint in its wake. Could music have stopped the war? Maybe, but music did allow countless individuals to express those things they didn’t have the words to say. Even today people lack understanding and empathy for their brother and sister humans. If I could do anything, it would be to help others open their eyes to see the world a different way. A planet for which they are responsible and a human race of which we are all apart. Understanding, empathy, education in art, music, language, philosophy and religion, whatever it takes to make for a brighter and happier future for us all.