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Finding Inspiration

by Kevin Hart on 04/02/18

I recently listened to an interview with pianist Randy Weston. (You can listen to it here.) The interviewer asked the 92 year old Mr. Weston if he was the type who began his day by playing the piano. To the interviewers (and my) surprise, Mr. Weston replied that, no, he did not. Rather, he began the day by listening to recordings of the masters who inspired him.

As I was having a difficult time beginning my own practice (I was, after all, frittering my time away listening to podcasts), I decided to give it a try. I put on a recording that has always inspired me. Sure enough, before the first track had ended, I found myself excited to take out my guitar and practice. What a good way to start the day.

The lesson here is simple: Listen to your elders. They may know a thing or two.

And, by the way, the recording was “The Art of Julian Bream”.