If I could do anything I wanted for a living, I would be a traveling cellist, like Ben Hong riding a motorcycle with a cello strapped across his back, or Jamie Foxx in the movie “The Soloist.” I would travel across the world by motorcycle, stopping by the continents of South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to play music for the local townsfolk. I would play solo pieces like the famous Bach’s suite for solo cello and Haydn’s concerto in C major, as well as improv with the local townspeople. Along the way, I would collect any sort of donations: shelter, food, gasoline, loose change, and friendship.
There’s something about music that changes the way people live. In hospitals, playing music for people with terminal illnesses gives them an altered view of life: death is no longer an ending, but a continuation of living. For the common people, my music would boost their day, giving them a smile and the courage to live one day longer.
In today’s society, I believe there is too much focus on teaching youth music so they may be the “greatest” musician, beat their peers, and participate in national-level competitions for the sake of fame, glory, and riches. But despite having played at such “top-tier” revenues as Walt Disney Concert Hall and the ASTA competition, I don’t think the point of music lies in those pursuits.
Music uplifts the spirit, frees the soul, and gives people happiness. That is what my journey will bring.