…Great violinist Itzhak Perlman had polio as a child and walks with crutches and braces on both legs. Instead of arranging to be seated on stage at the beginning of his performance, he chooses to walk across the stage methodically and slowly to his chair. Then he sits down, puts his crutches on the the floor, undoes the clasps on his legs, bends down, picks up the violin, nods to the conductor and proceeds to play.
In 1995, a string on Perlman’s violin suddenly snapped in concert, and everyone in the audience heard it. The great virtuoso stopped and gazed at the broken string….those in attendance wondered what he would do. Perlman closed his eyes and signaled the conductor to begin again…..Perlman recomposed the piece in his head as he went along, inventing new fingering positions to coax never before-heard sounds from his three stringed violin.
The sophisticated New York audience watched and listened in awe, knowing they were witnessing a truly groundbreaking performance. When the piece was over, Mr. Perlman smiled, wiped the sweat from his brow, and said in a soft tone, “You know, sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.”
~Excerpt from A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada
As a musician, it’s sometimes hard to perform your best when no one seems to be enjoying it. But yet, some of my best times playing music are when it’s just me and God, the stillness of a room, the banging of the piano keys, the not worrying about the performance, just talking in the best way I can to Jesus. To me, the best music is that way….a heartfelt conversation, a pouring out of emotion and feeling and angst and joy and whatever else makes up these human hearts that we have. And all of that is not dependent on crowds or audiences or attention. The One who made us is always listening, always attentive, always ready to hear what we are saying or trying to say. Thank you God. Blessings, Lisa
“Be yourself when playing. Don’t try to copy anyone or you’ll never really be at ease playing. Just develop your own style naturally.”
– Catherine McEvoy
That’s what I hear when I hear Beoga. Originality, humor, slight irreverence for form, fun. I LOVE them! If you haven’t heard them yet, check them out. Enjoy the two tunes, and tap your desk or bop your head if you’re more inclined. But just try to keep up with the bodhran player. 😉 Slainte, Lisa