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    A nice story about good music:
         Last Friday night, about 10, I was playing some pieces that I am teaching my students. I was concentrating on one piece in particular and playing the right hand over and over, when there was a tentative knock on my front door. I went to the door and opened it, squinting, because my porch light is out.
         There was a man, about forty or so, tall and broad, African American, dreads. I got a benign vibe from him; thought he must be lost or car trouble or something. But he immediately said "Invention Number 8! F Major! Right hand! I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist. I heard it from the sidewalk. I'm working on that piece right now" We chatted a few minutes. He is the son of a neighbor and is helping her move. As an aside, I'm sorry to see her go. She is one of the group I canvass and watch election returns with.
         Finally I said it's cold, come in. Turns out this guy is a self-taught Bach genius. He could play so many pieces and knew a lot about counterpoint. We talked about classical music and played different pieces for each other. He raved over my piano, which always makes me feel good. Finally he left about midnight with a promise to bring his fifteen year old son by, who he says is also working his way through the Bach catalog.
         It was just such a fun connection to make. Sort of like our connection over the Rubenstein concert.  

    To keep our faces turned toward change, and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate--that is strength undefeatable. (Helen Keller)

    by kareylou on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 03:53:20 AM PDT

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    •  Incredible. Really good musical (3+ / 0-)

      tastes and great politics, too.  

      Bach still packs 'em in.  He heard that F Major Invention and he had to come near it.  His ears were telling him, "Dude, it's a beautiful piece.  Someone inside that house knows how it's played.  Go knock on the door and say something."

      Great story.  

      Good to see you knockin' around on the interwebs here at Dkos.  And keep doing Bach.  When this guy brings his 15-year old son around maybe serve a "Bach's lunch."  

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