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Friday, February 28, 2014

She Be Nine. Nine


Human beings are capable of amazing things.

A nine-year-old playing Chopin like that would make a fine Exhibit A of amazing human tricks, but it's just one of a million zillion permutations. Chopin wrote that. People at Steinway built that coffin of strings and teeth. A whole lot of nameless, faceless people erected various iterations of civilizations -- civilizations capable of weaving tapestries of commerce and art and science and trade and negotiation and culture. Said cultures occasionally produce things like a little Chinese girl, banging out a composition from a man who was barely born recently enough to have a photograph of him taken, on a New York piano, while we watch it on an Intertunnel utility that exists in an ether filled with nothing but ones and zeros. Every step of the way is indistinguishable from magic.

She is gifted. Then again, we all are. What are we doing with our gifts?

8 comments:

leelu said...

Thanks. I needed that. (And the Chopin was good, too.)

Leslie said...

Oh, those are a home school parent's thoughts. Helping a child find theirs...that is it. The rest is filler.

Casey Klahn said...

Durn. Back to work. Smiling this time.

Leon said...

"What are we doing with our gifts"
i'm trying to make people's houses not suck. the longer i live the more i think it's the people part of that equation that's the more important.

Sam L. said...

I'm just making comments, mostly silly, some sarcastic, trying (yes, I'm VERY trying) to bring a hint of a smile to someone in the great Out There. Next weekend, you'll be safe from that until Sunday evening as I'm doing the kitchen prep and scullery thang for a few hundred folks.

Bob said...

There must be thousands of pianists who have said, "That %&8#( Chopin! Nobody can play that!" And then along comes this kid...and we are forced to admit, grudginly, maybe We are more than We thought We were...

Gringo said...

Guess she wasn't one of the multitudes of children who, when given lessons in a musical instrument, preferred watching TV or such activities to practicing.

There was a lot of practice and effort expended to express that musical gift.

Guy said...

C# minor is a fun key on guitar - E&B end up your b3 & b7 tones. Jimi obfuscated this by tuning down 1/2 step...e.g. http://youtu.be/JdRT9XaPHqc