“Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color straight to the mind and heart of all people.” — Ben Harper
Someone said that music is the proof that the human spirit is bigger than we can imagine or understand.
It’s a 4 dimensional painting, an emotion that can be explored and experienced as you play it. It is a language that speaks where words fail. A language of the heart.
Whenever an artist creates some piece of music, artwork, a novel, they give a piece of their soul to this work.
That’s why you can not correctly value a piece of music, a painting, a novel, because you cannot value a soul and you cannot know what this thing really means.
You can project a value, one that is your own. But you can never know what this piece of art meant for the creator. You cannot know how much it meant.
And a serious artist will speak of their work with a lot of emotion, depth, meaning, it’s why some artists might seem crazy to other people.
When an artist performs, they express their deepest emotions through their performance. It’s no wonder many times singers can cry while singing a song that means a lot to them.
But it’s not just singers. Guitar players, pianists, even painters might cry while performing their craft.
One such person is the bighearted pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. He is one of the best piano players I have heard. And he is blind.
As he performs at Carnegie Hall his own composition “Elegy for the Victims of the Tsunami of March 11, 2011 in Japan” he bursts into tears. But he doesn’t stop.
He keeps going, and playing, and creating a masterpiece of performance. His tears fall as his fingers play. This kind of nervous and emotional control is something to honor.
Here is the video of his touching performance that will not leave anyone watching without any kind of emotional reaction.
It’s honest sadness, and honest sadness is beautiful. It’s beautiful because of the honesty, of the reconnection with your humanity and compassion. Enjoy.