Saturday, January 5, 2008

Suffering and beauty

Following up on the post below, here is something I learned about my mom. When she was young, perhaps 12 or 13, and studying piano and developing real skill -- she is a talented musician -- she played a piece one day for her piano teacher. After she concluded the piece, her teacher said, "That was correct, technically. You played what is written in the score. But it wasn't beautiful. You haven't suffered enough yet."