May 2009

Music Unites

May 30, 2009 21:54

I met a man playing his violin on the streets of Portland today. I had my violin with me, and even though he had had many years of playing, and I had only had about four, we made an instantaneous connection. It never fails to please and surprise me that music lovers, no matter their age or level of expertise, can fall to talking about their favorite subject in a matter of minutes, and make a new friend just by liking the same thing that made Bach, Beethoven, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, and the other masters famous the world over. Even the people who can't admire classical music can love a fabulous fiddle tune, a jazzy honky-tonk piano, or an irresistible rap beat. At the risk of sounding Zen and trite, I have to admit that music really is the universal connection.

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