I’ve always had a slight disdain for classical music because of its associations – failure ( I quit at Grade 6), bourgeois snootiness (forced to attend SSO concerts when I was younger because it was the “cultured” thing to do) and the whole idea that you needed some sort of effort to be patient when listening to this sort of music.
This TED talk by conductor Benjamin Zander actually brought me to tears while listening to a Chopin piece. It’s absolutely worth it to spare 20 minutes to watch this inspiring video clip – it’s not just about music, but about passion as well.
“I realized my job was to awaken possibility in other people. And of course, I wanted to know whether I was doing that. And you know how you find out? You look at their eyes. If their eyes are shining, you know you’re doing it.” – Benjamin Zader